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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This week, I wanted to write about the Asian Moon Festival. Many
of the AOM students attended this festival last weekend sponsored
by ILAAOM (Illinois Association of Acupuncture and Oriental
Over 20 students and faculty from National University enjoyed a
delicious family-style dinner, including vegetarian dishes, cash
bar and a raffle for great prizes donated by many of our supportive
vendors. Two students from NUHS won $300 scholarships!
The keynote speaker, Steve Bonzak, L.Ac., Dipl. OM, spoke on the
blossoming of Shang Han Lun style practice in relation to the
emergence and evolution of Chinese medicine in the West. The ILAAOM
founder, Claudette Baker, shared a few words to highlight ILAAOM's
It was a great event and everyone had a great time. I want to
thank everyone who participated this past weekend and showed school
spirit and support for our growing AOM program and a special thanks
to Olivia Friedman and Cynthia Easter.
Background: The Asian Moon Festival
Moon Festival is on the 15th day of the 8th lunar month. It's also
known as the Mid-Autumn Festival. The Moon Festival is one of the
most important traditional events for the Chinese.
The Moon Festival is full of legendary stories. Legend says that
Chang Er flew to the moon, where she has lived ever since. You
might see her dancing on the moon during the Moon Festival. The
Moon Festival is also an occasion for family reunions. When the
full moon rises, families get together to watch the full moon, eat
moon cakes, and sing moon poems. The Moon Festival is supposed to
bring you happiness.
Thank you for your continued support of the AOM Blog. Happy
Asian Moon Festival!
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