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Holiday Season is here!

The holiday season may be met with equal parts excitement and fear. We have carefully curated articles and resources to help you navigate the emotional rollercoaster of the holiday season. As always, be kind to yourself!

Be well & breathe,

Liane Benedict & Kate Ginney

Slow down the holiday season for full enjoyment

1. Set your intention for a slow holiday season.
2. Learn to say no.
3. Simplify gift-giving.
4. Create Gift Wish Lists For Your Kids.
5. Create a holiday bucket list that includes everyone.

Follow this link for details on slowing the holiday season and the complete list of 10 tips.
This post is part of TED’s “How to Be a Better Human” series, each of which contains a piece of helpful advice from people in the TED community; browse through all the posts here.
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Seasonal Affective Disorder (SAD)

Seasonal depression, also known as seasonal affective disorder (SAD) or the "winter blues," is a subtype of depression or bipolar disorder that occurs and ends around the same time every year. Seasonal depression typically occurs when the seasons change and most symptoms begin in the fall and continue into the winter months. However, seasonal depression can occur in the summer or spring, although this is less common.

Symptoms of seasonal depression are typically consistent with those that occur with depression, and sometimes it can difficult to tell if someone has seasonal depression or other types of depression. [1] Symptoms that are typically more common in seasonal depression than in other forms of depression are carbohydrate craving, increased appetite, excessive sleepiness, and weight gain.[2]A diagnosis of seasonal depression can be made after two consecutive occurrences of depression that occur and end at the same time every year, with the symptoms subsiding the rest of the year. [5] Specific symptoms of seasonal depression can include:

  • Depression: misery, guilt, loss of self-esteem, hopelessness, diminished interest in activities, despair, and apathy
  • Anxiety: tension and inability to tolerate stress
  • Mood changes: extremes of mood and, in some, periods of mania in spring and summer
  • Sleep problems: desire to oversleep and difficulty staying awake or, sometimes, disturbed sleep and early morning waking
  • Lethargy: feeling of fatigue and inability to carry out normal routine
  • Overeating: craving for starchy and sweet foods resulting in weight gain
  • Social problems: irritability and desire to avoid social contact
  • Sexual problems: loss of libido and decreased interest in physical contact

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How to Make a Vision Board for 2022

Les Brown says that "goals without action are just wishful thinking". If you’re also looking to make a positive change and focus on your goals, then this will help you decide if a vision board is right for you.

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