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Family Matters

Embrace the Journey this New Year

For most people, a New Year generates a newfound motivation to accomplish resolutions and goals. Nevertheless, life’s usual unexpected moments will occur, causing many of us to abandon our resolutions and goals altogether. As we embark on a New Year, here are some tips to keep in mind and help you stay the course to ...

Anxiety

Strengthen Connections this Holiday Season

  The holiday season brings a long to-do list: decorate the house, bake the turkey, buy a gift for the next social event, send out cards, attend family gatherings and so on. Yet for all these attempts at getting together, experiencing meaningful human connection can get lost in the shuffle. Holiday bustle raises stress levels ...

Anxiety

Giving of Yourself Is a Gift to Yourself

From Christmas to Hanukkah to Kwanzaa, the winter holidays come wrapped up in themes of peace, love, presents and light that are admirably meant to bring more joy to this world. How wonderful it is to join in these celebrations! We’d be remiss, however, not to remember that so many—sometimes even you or I—may also ...

Anxiety

The Great Thing About Gratefulness

The sights and sounds of the holidays are all around us. It started before our Halloween candy had even been devoured. Turkeys, trees, candles, and lights have popped up everywhere you look and will be with us through the start of the New Year. It can very be easy to get caught up in the ...

Family Matters

Don’t Say “Yes” To Holiday Stress

The holiday season often brings with it a flurry of activity. Once we get wrapped up in tree and cookie decorating, parties and pageants, neighborhood caroling or committing to various gift exchanges and events, we’re suddenly busier now than in everyday life. With all of this also come the expectation for us to spend time ...

Family Matters

Don’t “Cold Turkey” Technology This Thanksgiving

If you’re in charge of making this year’s family Thanksgiving one to remember, a potential recipe for disaster is insisting everyone go “cold turkey” on using handheld devices. No, teenagers shouldn’t be sending Snapchats when grandma asks them repeatedly to pass the cranberry sauce—be in the moment, kids!—but some traditions are bound to change right ...

Holidays

From Wishes to Reality: How to Make and Keep Your New Year’s Resolutions

The New Year’s holiday certainly calls for celebration. It’s a time filled with happiness and hope, as we anticipate a new beginning. It’s also a time for planning and prioritizing our personal and professional aspirations. This week, many of us will make lists and set goals to better ourselves and the lives of our families. ...

Anxiety

The Greatest Gift

Imagine a gift that can increase self esteem, reduce stress, and can be given to anybody. Imagine a gift that can lift spirits, enliven inspiration, and even ignite passions.  This ideal gift is not found by shopping online, or at the mall, or within the catalogues mounting in your mailbox.  It is not something that ...

Family Matters

Five Ways to Handle Holiday Hazards

Holidays are a time to enjoy traditions, family, friends and connectedness. However, we often let our behaviors prevent us from making the most of a special season. The likely result may be regret, resentment or simply tons of stress on us and our families. Here are five examples of holiday hazards, with tips to minimize ...