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Happening in December...
Read a New Book Month
1. Reach for something unexpected.
Branch out to something new and maybe you'll be able to find your next favorite genre. Try a fiction book if you only read non-fiction.
2. Learn something new.
Have you been trying to learn how to invest? Need some new interior design ideas? Take some time to pick out a book where you can learn something new.
3. Don't overthink it.
Simplicity is sometimes best. Pick a random book off the shelf if you are still contemplating on what to read.
National Thank You Note Day
Here are some fun facts about National Thank You Note Day:
1. According to traditional etiquette, if you open your present in front of someone and thank them in person, you can either skip the note or send it anyways.
2. Emails are fine if you normally talk to someone through email, but a card or a letter tends to be more meaningful.
3. Writing thank you notes with your kids is a practical way to teach gratitude to children.
Source: National Day Archives
National Pearl Harbor Remembrance Day
Source: National Park Services
Jokes of the Month
2. Why is a doctor always calm?
3. What do you call a can opener that doesn't work?
4. What's the worst part about working at a calendar factory?
*Answers will be at the end of the newsletter.
Managing Loss During the Holidays
At times it may sound unreasonable to even begin to think about happiness or enjoying family gatherings when your heart is broken. Someone you love is gone and it has cast a shadow over everything that used to be enjoyable. Nonetheless, there you are trying to put up a front and going through the holiday motions. One thing we know about grief is that one may feel helpless, but there are actually intentional steps we can take to endure this dark time in a season of lights.
Source: Very Well Health
Sometimes we put all of our efforts trying to make dreams come true through the gifts we buy. That is a beautiful sentiment and a beautiful tradition as well. But if you feel there is something missing after the gifts have been opened, check out this article explaining 5 Ways to Make Memories This Holiday Season.
Source: Very Well Health
SAD-Seasonal Affective Disorder
Have you ever felt as if you feel sad or depressed every year at around the same time? There is an actual mental health condition that has to do with mood changes connected to the changes of a season. Click the link below to talk more about this condition.
Source: Help Guide
Herb Roast Pork with Vegetable
Source: Good Food
Winter Fitness: Tips for Exercising Outdoors
1. Start gradually. Make sure to stretch and warm up before starting a strenuous workout.
2. Wear the right gear by dressing in layers. Exercise generates a lot of heat. It's best to dress in layers that you can remove as you begin to sweat and then put back on as you cool down. Try to avoid cotton as it will absorb your sweat and stay wet. Additionally, wear a fleece layer as insulation. Lastly, wear a breathable outer layer.
3. Wear sunscreen. You can also get sunburned in the winter as in the summer.
4. Protect your head, hands, feet, and ears. Your blood flow leaves your head, hands, feet, and ears when it's cold.
5. Drink plenty of fluids. It's important to hydrate yourself even during cold weather as it is in the heat.
Source: Texas Heart Institute
Compound Interest: How Time Can Help You Grow Your Money
Source: Acorns Grow
TRS BlueCross BlueShield of Texas
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Jokes of the Month Answers
2. Because she has a lot of patients.
3. A can't opener.
4. No days off.
Jose Villasenor (Strategist) | Veronica Maples | Brian Kim | Nedra Brown (Cluster Leads)
Jovillasenor@irvingisd.net | Brikim@irvingisd.net | Vmaples@irvingisd.net | Nbrown@irvingisd.net
972-600-5249 O | 972-600-3133 M