Mid-Week Balance: 5 December 2012

Hi all–I hope this finds you well.  I am in the full swing of holiday commitments and extra school activities, so I had a moment of panic when I realized it was Wednesday, because I was far behind on my blog reading list.  But, there is so much great stuff out there that I was able to find you a round-up that is actually kind of bursting with good stuff.  I’ve got a few posts about coping in the holiday season, and a grab-bag section.  I hope something speaks to you this week.

Holiday Self-Care

Dr. Ashley Solomon reminds us to slow down and get centered during this busy, busy time.  She offers five suggestions to help bring an attitude of mindful presence to your holiday activites.

From Dr. Pauline Wallin comes an invitation to rethink your experience of holiday parties.  She also offers some suggestions for reducing stress and managing anxiety before and during a party.

With the onset of winter (a season that has eluded the midwest) The Sweet Life blog offers this thoughtful reminder that managing a chronic illness can be a challenge that changes with the seasons.

Oh, and if you missed it, you can check out the first post in my holiday self-care series: exploring how to offer yourself some compassion.

Grab-Bag Goodness

The holidays are a time of year when many of us struggle with negative thoughts.  This post from Wildmind explores an interesting study that suggests we may benefit from a writing exercise to manage negative thinking.

In a similar vein, Rosie Molinary invites us to look at the control that we hand over when we obsess about our appearance.

In my newsletter this week, I talked a little bit about brain health.  This is an area I care passionately about, so I appreciated this article from Dr. Julie Robillard, offering her favorite brain health activity suggestion.

And I’m also including this post from writer Lisa Bonchek Adams, because she poignantly captures the experience that so many of us have after a life-threatening diagnosis.  You may recognize her experience of being a passenger.

That’s it for me–as always, please feel free to share your own favorite post or resource of the week in the comments.



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