Tis’ the Season to be Stressed: Fa La La La Laaa La La La La

Do not underestimate holiday stress.  

Although Halloween and Trick-or-Treat paid a visit in October, most people do not overly stress about a holiday that asks for one day of celebration and leaves a trail of happily-exhausted children in its wake. Now November, on the other hand, is a different story. Lists for Santa find their way to penny-strapped parents. Expectations of homemade deliciousness like Grandma made fall upon shoulders. The desire to create moments worth remembering take hold, while remembering those who no longer sit at the Thanksgiving table tear at hearts. November is, without a doubt, the start of the holiday triple crown: Thanksgiving, Christmas, New Year’s Eve.

What to Expect When You’re Holidaying

Begin holiday purchases.
Squeaky-clean your house and decorate galore.
Plan an out-of-this-world feast.
Resurrect your Christmas card list.
Stress about your self-inflicted stress.
Count those pennies. Move that cash. Charge that card.
Yep, it’s holiday time.

What’s crazy, though, is this isn’t how it has to be. No law says your holiday season must run a specific course. There’s no indicator that there is one best way to throw a party and make memories.

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Kindness: Don’t Filter It; Release It

What is free, never-ending, a gift, and key to positive mental health? 

The answer to the above question is kindness.

Since 1998, the world recognizes November 13th as World Kindness Day. The United States, Canada, Japan, Australia, and the U.A.E rally behind this international holiday and use it as a reminder of the importance of kindness in all aspects of life. Countless articles educate and inspire readers to utilize kindness when interacting with others and the world in general.

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Amino Acids: Coaching Protein & the Body to Victory

“I have been plagued with anxiety for most of my adult life, since September 11th, when I was in New York, NY, and only now am I physically finding my stress needs met.” This quote is a testimonial for AminoPower Advanced, a Truehope supplement that provides the body and brain with the ideal balance of amino acids for mental and physical well-being.

Many people have heard of amino acids, but a smaller percentage of people know that amino acids “form the building blocks of proteins that make up 75% of the body.” Amino acids assist with “almost every body function,

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Diabetes: Traversing & Crippling the Globe for Centuries

World Diabetes Day rolls around every November 14th. Although this national holiday became official in 1991, the history of diabetes runs deep:

  • “An ailment suspected to be diabetes was recognized by the Egyptians in manuscripts dating to approximately 1550 B.C. ~ Healthline.com
  • “On 11 January 1922, Leonard Thompson, a 14-year-old boy with diabetes… was given the first injection of insulin.”` Diabetes.org
  • “In 1959, two distinct types of diabetes were identified when Solomon Berson and Rosalyn Sussman Yalow developed radioimmunoassay methods to measure insulin in the blood.

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Seasonal Affective Disorder (SAD): More Than ‘Winter Blues’

Research indicates that daylight saving time can increase the symptoms of seasonal depression for some people.” This discovery is unfortunate since daylight saving time occurs throughout the majority of the U.S. and Canada.

Seasonal depression, also known as seasonal affective disorder (SAD), is a “type of depression related to changes in seasons.” Typically symptoms begin in autumn and continue through winter. Even when people are aware of SAD, too many people chalk up their symptoms to “winter blues” and refrain from actively addressing those symptoms,

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Your Mental Health’s Plea: Drop the Capes of Shame

Glennon Doyle, previously known as Glennon Doyle Melton, is a #1 New York Times bestselling author and founder of the well-known Momastery.com. She is a recovering bulimic, alcoholic, and drug user. She discusses shame, life, and the bruises and epiphanies that lead us toward realizations and decisions. While I was listening to a presentation of hers from 2013, the opening statement left an impression on my heart:

“When I was eight-years-old, I started to feel exposed, and I started to feel very awkward.

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Mental Health, Domestic Violence, & COVID: A Tumultuous Trio

“Women who have experienced domestic violence or abuse are at a significantly higher risk of experiencing a range of mental health conditions including post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD), depression, anxiety, substance abuse, and thoughts of suicide.” This reality is why the exit door of a domestic abuse situation isn’t the end of the healing process; it’s the start. 

Domestic abuse survivors include both men and women, and Intimate Partner Violence (IPV) is another phrase used to refer to harm– physical, sexual, or psychological–

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The Men Who Hide the Pink Ribbon

Odds are, you thought of breast cancer when you read pink ribbon in the title. That’s powerful. Two words that individually conjure visions of crayons and hair ties immediately change their meaning and people’s internal imagery and dialogue when combined. When those two words, pink and ribbon, sit together, images of fundraiser efforts, brave faces, fearless supporters, pink this, and pink that race to our mind’s forefront. And if we’re honest, most think female. Some even refer to breast cancer as “women’s disease.”

Thinking of breast cancer as a women’s disease carries massive consequences.

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Micronutrients: The Caped Crusader Your Body Needs

Micronutrients “…are the ‘magic wands’ that enable the body to produce enzymes, hormones, and other substances essential for proper growth and development. As tiny as the amounts are, however, the consequences of their absence are severe.” This excerpt from the James Haskell Health & Fitness portal sums up the importance of micronutrients. As the common phrase goes, good things come in small packages.

Unfortunately, “… almost 75 percent of people living in Western civilizations do not consume enough micronutrients each day to maintain their maximum health.” Spoiler alert: The rate is lower in the U.S.

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Hand Sanitizer May Not Be as Handy as You Think

COVID-19 is not the world’s first pandemic, and it won’t be the last.

Remember the old days when we used to eat birthday cake after someone carefully blew all over it, releasing spit shrapnel and hot air in an effort to extinguish birthday candles? How about when the world didn’t look like a sea of ninja impersonators, with floral patterns and color-coated masks, and everyone didn’t apply hand sanitizer as often as they breathe?

The landscape in which we live is not the same as it was one year ago.

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