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Auld Lang Syne
Grief and gratitude are how I would sum up this famous New Year’s Eve song. The Holidays often represent the pendulum of these emotions; swinging from one end to the other without too much distress is the key to a joyful Holiday Season. We say it every year; I will not stress this Holiday Season; if at first one does not succeed try and try again!
The Holiday season tends to put an exclamation point on life. Everything is a bit illuminated as the Holiday lights shine bright on our blessings and highlight the crevices that we have spackled up. Like Auld Lang Syne, this season permits us to hold space for these conflicting emotions. I find the metaphor of a tree helpful: It is important to be firmly rooted, yet flexible to adapt with the wind.
If you feel unmoored this season, you may consider adding adaptogen herbals into your self-care regimen. Adaptogenic herbs help the body deal with stress molecularly. Siberian ginseng, Rhodiola rosea, Schisandra, and Ashwagandha are all excellent and well-studied herbals. Often, you will find them combined with a B complex, taurine, and glycine which also aid the over-stressed system.
Sleep cannot be underestimated. This time of the year has extra demands; many are quite lovely but can easily throw our sleep-deprived nation even further into debt.
Move or create; a fantastic outlet for stress is both physical and creative exercise. As the winter moves into WI, it may be harder to do some outdoor activities, but bundle up and get outside to clear your head. Finding a creative outlet takes us away from our devices and opens up neuropathways. You don’t have to be “an artist” to be creative. Sadly, early on we often get labeled as a “good artist” or “creative”, and it is a falsehood. Everyone is an artist; it is time to discover an outlet that brings you joy: singing, drawing, doodling, learning a language, knitting, flower arranging, and even organizing are all creative endeavors. What you do isn’t important, it's how it makes you feel.
I want to offer my gratitude to those who read my monthly musings; this has given me a lot of joy and I thank you. I hope it has enriched your reading as it has my writing. Please don’t hesitate to email suggestions or interests; I wish you all the happiest of New Year’s.
And there’s a hand, my trusty friend, and give us a hand o’thine. And we’ll take a right goodwill draft, for Auld lang Syne. Robert Burns