South Central WI Archive
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. Other 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. Marcia Simler shares the importance of vitamin D and sunshine for you. Sally Schmidt shows us a great way to stay warm this winter: alpaca apparel. Jacy Sundlie informs us about a powerful tool for healing: Tension and Trauma Releasing Exercises (TRE). 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

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