From the Ed­i­tor Suzanne Boyd

ZOOMER Magazine - - CONTENTS -

TU­MUL­TUOUS TIMES, these. Ev­ery­where we turn, we are bom­barded by in­creas­ingly jar­ring news, the spec­tre of nu­clear war with Korea, racial ten­sions here and south of the bor­der and global ter­ror­ism. It’s the stuff of night­mares, and many of you may re­call feel­ing sim­i­lar angst dur­ing the Cuban Mis­sile Cri­sis and the Cold War. For many of us who ven­ture south each win­ter, nat­u­ral dis­as­ters on a scope un­seen be­fore have af­fected the United Sates, Mex­ico and the Caribbean. It feels very close to home as our hearts and dona­tions go out to those af­fected. These re­cent anx­i­eties only com­pound the usual wor­ries that make us toss and turn at night, when many of us al­ready lose sleep think­ing about our own ev­ery­day chal­lenges like mak­ing ends meet, health is­sues and car­ing for loved ones – all mat­ters we cover in this is­sue, as we al­ways do.

Yet be­cause of these vary fac­tors and, in spite of them, we need to search for ways to not only cope with the stress in our lives, but also to find com­fort and joy.

As an­other hol­i­day sea­son be­gins, des­tined to bring the usual added fi­nan­cial and so­cial pres­sures, we took the view what we all need this year is a re­laxed “old school” time, in­deed a time out, with friends and fam­ily. Im­pos­si­ble? We prom­ise you it’s not only pos­si­ble but doable. As they say, work smarter, not harder, so for our en­ter­tain­ing guide, “Chillax!” (pg. 44), we con­sulted with a team of ex­perts from psy­chol­o­gists to chefs, who serve up their best recipes and strate­gies to make the sea­son work for you. Af­ter all, you’ve put in the time, and now de­serve to eat, drink and make as merry as youou can.

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