Northeast Wisconsin
December 2012

December 2012

Remember to breathe!

That’s the advice I recently received from the dental assistant who had to prep a very anxious me for a minor dental procedure. It really works! Once you become aware of your breathing — and in my case, very shallow breathing at that — it really calms and centers you.

I share this with you because December can be a very stressful month. While Andy Williams has reminded us for decades that “It’s the most wonderful time of the year,” for many of us, especially those with high expectations, this season is filled with more worry than wonder. As a result, our health and wellness efforts sometimes suffer during the holidays.

So, remember to breathe! Using coping skills like this may help you “Be of good cheer,” as the song goes. Others things to try: lower your expectations; learn to say “no” when your schedule gets too busy; gift as you are able — don’t break the bank; and make time for yourself during which you can incorporate healthy behaviors into your day.

As always, we would like to be a resource that helps you make not only this holiday season, but also your life’s journey, the best it can be. In addition to our website
(naturespathways.com), where you can find thousands of articles and resources, this issue has great information for you to consider. Judy Rogers has suggestions for you to help somebody get through the holidays after a loss. Victoria Huss shares one small change you can make to make this winter easier to endure. Pam Williams educates us about carrier oils and why they’re good for your skin. And there is so much more, so keep reading!

Take good care of yourself this holiday season and enjoy every minute!

In health and happiness,

Jackie

Flower arrangements for Christmas are an integral part of the celebration and symbolize the happiness and hope associated with the occasion. People exchange bouquets with each other as gifts and also decorate their homes and businesses with beautiful, vibrant and colorful flowers. When we see effervescent flowers around us, it lifts our…
Everyone has gifts of the Spirit. It is part of being human. They make life more interesting and are meant for us to develop and share with one another. Even in the bible it is written; I Corinthians says: “… the manifestation of the Spirit is given to every man…
Humans communicate through verbal and nonverbal means. Some of the ways we communicate are effective and productive — creating an intimate and close bond to one another, while other means of communicating are toxic and erode and eventually end relationships. With the festivities of merriment filling our calendar this month,…
It comes as no surprise that women struggle with packing for a vacation. According to isme.com research, women over pack their suitcases by almost double of what a man packs. A woman needs an average of 34 items of clothing for a week-long break, but packs 60 “just in case,”…
We all struggle to make good choices when we’re constantly on the go. With a few basic modifications, you can maintain a healthy lifestyle even when you find yourself away from home! General restaurant tips Select restaurants with lots of choices, including fresh vegetables and salads. Don’t be afraid to…
It’s getting cold out there. As the season progresses, have you been noticing postural changes in your body? Are you still holding your head high with relaxed shoulders? Are you able to fully breathe in the crisp air? Is your stride as long as it normally is on a warm…
The holidays, I think, represent what we all really want out of life: Giving, sharing, gratitude, love, smiles and time with family. It also represents excessiveness, over-indulging, over-consumption and wastefulness on many levels. From an environmental standpoint, it’s the time of year of extreme waste on a monumental scale. First,…
Stumped? Wondering whether you should search the mall for that last-minute tie for the kids to give their dad for the holidays, or simply re-wrap the one they gave him last year, never worn, “doing time” in the same box decorated with tape and remnants from last year’s holiday wrapping…
Iodine is one of nature’s most amazing minerals. Unfortunately for our health, it is one that has been largely forgotten. But it wasn’t always that way. Before the widespread use of synthetic drugs, iodine was recommended for everything; healing wounds and disease, destroying bacteria and viruses, and possibly even preventing…
Defined by the online Merriam-Webster dictionary, willpower is “energetic determination.” Why is it that we can employ willpower in many areas of our lives, getting through grad school, raising productive children, making advances at work, but when it comes to our diet and food we readily admit, “I have no…
Page 3 of 3
Subscribe Today
Community Partners Directory
Find a Complimentary Copy
Community Calendar