We are quickly approaching the ‘silly season’ where life becomes frantic for most people. There are so many expectations on everyone during this time that sometimes it can be hard to remain calm. Sometimes, it is very easy to forget those who are less fortunate than us. ‘Less fortunate’ can cover a wide variety of situations; where someone has just lost a loved one and Christmas time brings back a great feeling of sadness, or someone who is living alone without family, or simply a family in crisis. So Great Health GuideTM has included a very informative article titled, Having a Stress-free Christmas. Another aspect that will raise concern among parents during this festive season is the use of alcohol, particularly by teenagers. This very powerful article addresses the issue, Why
Teenage Drinking is a Bad Idea. Strong arguments for the nondrinking of alcohol by young people are made by highlighting the risk of date rape and sexual assault, risk of death and injury in brawls and driving while drunk and the very real risk of taking other illegal and toxic drugs during this party season. In keeping with our ‘Mindset’ theme over the Christmas season, with special articles on Staying Positive in a Chaotic World. The first describes how to filter the information overload, allow emotions to be acknowledged, create new positive habits and finally practice gratitude on a daily basis. And the second mindset article entitled Managing Our Mental Load, provides a way to prioritise many activities and to practice ‘the art of doing nothing’ allowing clearer thinking. My hope is that this year we help make our own small world a peaceful, loving place and believe that this peace and love will flow out to encompass the whole world. Best to you and your loved ones particularly during this time.