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    Self Matters: Tips for Reducing Holiday Stress

    The five-week mega-holiday begins with Christmas in July sales. However, the winter holiday season officially kicks into high gear with Thanksgiving Day in November. This time of year evokes as much joyful anticipation as dread. Sights, sounds, and smells—even traffic lights—seem festive. But the end of daylight savings time (DST) in most states means more hours of darkness at the same time weather conditions turn frigid and snow quickly turns to ice. We look out on bare trees and bushes, gray or white skies, and a stark absence of color. It seems all of nature is in hibernation except us. We get even busier.

    The holiday period carries different meanings for all of us. Many people will gather with family and friends they have not seen for almost two years. Some will see their toddler grandchildren, born a year and a half ago, in person for the first time. Others are still unable to be with loved ones. The excitement and pressure of preparing for the holidays may seem overwhelming. Getting through this emotionally-charged time with minimum distress can feel impossible as we try to make our way through the flurry of activity and maintain our emotional stability.

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    Health Matters: What to Include in a Food Journal

    Journaling has many purposes and many benefits. If you’re trying to be more mindful of your eating habits, starting a food journal is one of the best ways to keep track of things. It can hold you...

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    Health Matters: Mood Journaling for Your Health

    Your mood influences your health.

    In fact, it probably plays a much bigger role than you realize.

    Research shows that a bad mood can damage your heart, interfere with sleep, and increase your risk...

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    Money Matters: How Can We Use the Snowball Effect in Personal Finance?

    Here in the Pacific Northwest, it is getting to be that time of year where it won’t be long before that flaky white stuff starts to fall. In my household, we always seem to announce the first...

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    Self-Awareness: When Is The Scarcity Mindset Pulling You From Happiness?

    Have you ever felt like you’re not enough of something? Or perhaps, that you don’t have enough of something?

    I’ll answer for you: you have. I know because it’s not merely a universal feeling we all...

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    Self Matters: Chase Away Stress with the Joy of Acceptance

    Acceptance is the challenge of the day. While life always has an element of uncertainty, the unknown now seems amplified both in terms of quantity and duration in everyday life. We have adjusted,...

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    Health Matters: Body Positivity Journaling

    There’s no doubt about it: journaling is good for your health.

    Journaling is a deeply therapeutic and healing exercise, especially during life’s more challenging moments. Mari L. McCarthy’s book, ...

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    Money Matters: Are You Making Progress Toward Your Financial Goals?

    We are officially over two-thirds of the way through 2021, and the fall is a great time to check-in on your financial goals. Even if you didn’t set any goals at the beginning of the year, taking a...

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    Money Matters: Personal Finance Books You Need to Read

    A lack of financial literacy is a major cause of most financial and money problems. Personal finance is primarily concerned with achieving personal financial objectives, such as setting aside...

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