Archive for tag: holidays

Holiday Stress

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?

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Ways to Cope with Holiday Stress: 5 healthy tips

1. Keep it simple! Don't over commit yourself to friends and family.

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 day.

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 perspective.

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.

Thank you for you continued support of the AOM Blog. Happy Week 10!

Asian Moon Festival

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 Medicine).

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!

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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 30th anniversary.

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

2013-10-09_mooncakeThe Chinese 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!