This week I wanted to talk about holiday stress. It is now
November and holiday season is here. I feel like the holiday season
gets earlier and earlier each year. The holidays should be a
stress-free time for us, but usually it is the most stressful time
of the year. I feel holiday time can potentially be very taxing
between the physical demands of traveling and socializing, and the
emotional aspects of meeting with family.
Environmental factors, even on a subtle scale, can also
influence the general mood. I know that every holiday I am stressed
out completely. If it's not the stress of school and graduating
this trimester, it's the endless Christmas list my five children
have given me, or the search for the perfect toy that is usually
sold out or on back order. Did I mention also having to plan and
cook the perfect meals and not overindulge in eating? I become
pretty stressed. I know I am not alone. Right?
Ways to Cope with Holiday Stress: 5 healthy
1. Keep it simple! Don't over commit yourself to friends and
2. Live in the moment. Start off your day with an intention of
being aware and in the present all through the day. Create and
declare an affirmation that will set the tone of your whole day.
Not only will you be better equipped to cope with stress, you might
even find some new perspectives that you didn't see before. When
you start with awareness, you have the opportunity to enjoy a
healthy outlook and a good mood and health balance all through the
3. Take time out. If you are feeling tired or stressed, take
time out for yourself. I am a firm believer in naps and taking time
out for me.
4. Be thankful. Add up everything you are thankful for in your
head and see if your mood doesn't improve as well as your
5. Acupuncture once a week to help with stress, along with
mediation, massage, and exercise. This will definitely help your
stress levels not just during the holiday season but anytime.
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Summer is slowly approaching. What does this mean? Summertime is
a season full of energy, heat, longer daylight, and sunny days.
Summer is the season of yang, a time when the body undergoes
vigorous metabolic (body energy) processes.
According to TCM, summer is yang as mentioned earlier, but
summer is also based on the five elements. Summer is fire, color is
red, emotion is joy, and the organ associated with fire is heart
and small intestine. Fire is symbolic because in TCM it is the
maximum activity or greatest yang, which means that it is a time of
heat, outgoingness, and moving outward in nature and in our lives.
In human anatomy, the heart, mind, and spirit are ruled by the fire
element. We should give greatest focus on our heart, mind, and
spirit for staying healthy in summer.
It is important to make sure our body is balance during the
summertime. When we are balanced in the summertime, our heart is
strong and healthy, the mind is calm and sleep is sound. But if we
are not balanced in summertime we create an imbalance in the fire
element, which may cause either lack of joy (depression) or an
excess of joy (mania). Indicators of an imbalance in the fire
element include agitation, nervousness, heartburn, and
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