Monthly Archives: December 2012

Making time for downtime with the family over the holidays

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Making time for downtime with family over the holidaysIf you live in North America, you know how much we value work and how we live to work, feeling a sense of accomplishment for keeping busy lives. But regular downtime is essential for all of us – young and old alike – to thrive and lead healthy lives.

It’s easy to get overwhelmed by schedules packed with work, family, studies, after-school sports, and lessons. If you maintain this kind of lifestyle for too long, the stress will catch up to you and too much stress can weaken the immune system, affecting your productivity at work and your energy levels at home. Children are no different. They need downtime too to unwind and recharge, when less is demanded of them. …

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Eating disorder holiday survival plan

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Eating disorder holiday survival planFor someone suffering from an eating disorder, the holiday season can elevate fears surrounding food and heighten levels of anxiety enough to make you want to shut down and run for cover.

“During the holidays, the psychological warfare that is going on in the minds of Anorexics, Bulimics, and Binge Eaters is monumental. They want to socialize and be normal, but their anxieties about food often prevent them from participating in otherwise enjoyable social gatherings,” Avalon Hills Residential Eating Disorders Program.

The crowning point of every holiday celebration is the magnificent spread of food. It brings families and friends together and is something most people look forward to with great relish. For someone with an eating disorder, however, the holidays …

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Grieving over the holidays: supporting children

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Grieving over the holidays: supporting childrenThere are many major focal points walking through the stores in the late fall and winter. Decorated windows with the latest popular must-have items and songs of family and celebration fill the retail landscape. There are opportunities to celebrate, gifts to give and receive, and the chance to spend time with family. The holidays are meant to be a joyous and magical time for children.

These scenes give us the illusion of merriment and happiness. For many, the thoughts of these special days are happy ones but for bereaved families, happiness may be far from their thoughts. For bereaved families with children, it is important to include the children in the planning of holiday events and activities.

Here are some

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Ten tips to survive the office holiday season

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Ten tips to survive the office holiday seasonThe holiday season means office parties and that means decadent, high-fat, high-calorie foods.

Follow these ten tips to help you make smart decisions about food and drinks, so you can still enjoy the corporate buffet table.

1. Do not skip meals!

Having a light breakfast or even skipping breakfast altogether only increases your appetite at the party and you’ll end up overindulging. It’s always best to eat at regular times. Have a balanced breakfast and a snack before the lunch party. For every alcoholic drink, have a glass of water.

2. Water to the rescue

At this time of year you’re likely to consume more alcoholic drinks, loaded with calories. For every alcoholic drink, have a glass of water or …

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Grieving over the holidays: supporting adults

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Grieving over the holidays: supporting adultsThe holidays can be a stressful time of year for many reasons. Travelling, entertaining, and managing work, health and life can challenge even the most balanced person.

While the holiday season passes too quickly for many of us, for those grieving it may seem like an eternity. Cultural expectations typically dictate that the holidays are happy and celebratory. The thought of spending these special days without a loved one may be overwhelming and unthinkable for some individuals.

Struggling to adjust to the reality of a death or separation from a loved one may feel like the future is uncertain and unknown. A grieving person may choose different ways to cope from one event to the next. They may completely avoid …

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