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Pace yourself... Holidays are coming

Dear reader The holiday river of life can sweep you away from self-care and peace of mind. To maintain a healthy equilibrium it's time to hunker down and stay true to yourself.

One of my colleagues calls this season, “the trifecta of bad health”. There’s so much happening with Halloween, Thanksgiving and Christmas. And on top of that add New Year’s Eve. What are all those holidays known for? Excess!! Too much sugar, alcohol, starch, fat, consumerism, family stress, and not finding time for self-care are the rule. What can you do to avoid gaining weight, getting stressed, and losing your hard earned muscles and peace of mind? Stephen Covey wrote a book called The Seven Habits of Highly Effective People, many years ago. What I learned from that book is to put the “big rocks” in first. Big rocks are your highest values. Is one of your highest values your health? If not, it should be. Without your health it’s hard to do anything else isn’t it? Do yourself a favor, and take a couple of minutes to create your calendar for the end of the year. Write in time for yourself. 30 minutes, a day isn’t too much to treat yourself well is it? During that time, exercise, space out, have fun, meditate, etc. Or take some tips from Dr. Dan Siegel, professor of medicine at UCLA. He has put together The Healthy Mind Platter. Take a look. All of these activities are necessary for your healthy mind, body and spirit. Be kind to yourself! Dr Linda

FUN FACT Each year, the demand for pet Halloween costumes grows exponentially and, according to the National Retail Federation, Americans are expected to spend just shy of a billion dollars outfitting Fluffy and Fido in 2023. What's the most popular pet costume? You guessed it: The pumpkin. In order of popularity, these are the runners up: Hot dog, bat, bumble bee and spider.

Dr. Linda Berry Healing Arts Chiropractic Nutrition Trauma Healing Please note: This information is for educational purposes only and is not intended as a substitute for medical care. Always consult with your healthcare provider for advice before you begin taking new supplements. You are responsible for all of the health choices you make.

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