The holidays are supposed to be about family, and about appreciating all of life’s blessings. However, it seems that, more than happiness and enjoyment, the holidays equate to stress for a lot of people. Do you look at your loved ones during the holiday season and see nothing but crowded malls and bank drafts? Do you sometimes wish you could switch places with your kids and forget all about the holiday shopping madness? Don’t worry, you are not alone. Luckily, there are ways to counter the hectic pace and frenetic planning associated with checking all those items off your Christmas list. Here are five tips for reducing holiday shopping stress. [Read more…] about 5 Tips for Reducing Holiday Shopping Stress
Treating Yourself with Care: 5 Ways to Rejuvenate
There’s much more to taking care of your health than meets the eye, literally. Of course, it’s important to maintain physical health, but what many people don’t realize is that caring for your mental and emotional health is just as vital to your well-being. What’s more, issues with your mental and/or emotional health can extend into the physical realm, contributing to a variety of physical conditions, ranging from a common cold to cancer. Fortunately, there is a lot you can do to nourish your non-physical self so as to protect your physical self and, ultimately, treat the entirety of your well-being. Here are some tips to treating yourself with care: five ways to rejuvenate.
It may seem counterintuitive to think that exercise can actually calm your body and give you more energy at the same time, but it’s true. That’s because exercise releases your body’s feel-good chemicals, countering stress, anxiety, depression, and all that bad stuff that builds over time if you don’t take the time to care for yourself. [Read more…] about Treating Yourself with Care: 5 Ways to Rejuvenate
How to Handle Your First Holiday Together
Getting to know someone is hard enough but when you throw the holidays into the mix it can be a recipe for disaster. With all the surrounding pressures, you will want to deflect as much stress as possible. Planning beforehand is essential because you do not want to have any surprises when it comes to gifts, family or travel. Below are a few ideas of how to handle your first holiday together and if you are lucky you just may be able to get through it unscathed.
Talk it Out
Everyone has their favorite and least favorite parts of the holidays. Before approaching all the different aspects sit down and hash out what it is that works for the both of you. This can include traditions, religious meanings, office party attendance and throwing your own party together. The more you are on the same page the smoother it will go. [Read more…] about How to Handle Your First Holiday Together
Make Being Vegetarian Easy With Recipe Finder
Vegetarianism is a worthy idea to consider, not because it is the fashionable thing to do, but because it does bring about a lot of benefits. I am not out to convince you to become a vegetarian. People who are actually engaged in the practice are in a better position to do that. However, I do know that one of the challenges of turning vegetarian is in finding dishes that will satisfy both the tastebuds and the appetite, while at the same time sticking to vegetarian-friendly ingredients.
Of course, you can always go for your favorite veggies and tofu, but after a while, don’t you want to try out different flavors and textures? If you cook a lot (well, let’s say enough to have to look for new recipes), and you want to make your shift to vegetarianism a tad easier, I’ve got something up my sleeve. Being vegetarian does not have to equate to less tasty food. In fact, you can have things that look (and taste) this good!
The secret? The right “tool”! [Read more…] about Make Being Vegetarian Easy With Recipe Finder