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. Kyle Smith shares a natural way to manage pain by restoring energy flow in your body. Brian Bankenbusch informs us about the importance of cardiovascular endurance and what we need to do to get it. For our dog lovers, Vicki Rabe Harrison covers some important ways to keep our best friends safe this winter. 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,