Wellness Wednesday – 12/25/19
Merry Christmas! In the heat of the holiday season, we bring you wellness tips to help you get through the hectic chaos of the holiday season, as well as tips and interesting information for your day-to-day life.
Santa Has Arrived!
Margaret and Lane Glenn show true holiday spirit and get in a little exercise while kayaking on the Merrimack River. You can read more about Lane Glenn, president of Northern Essex Community College, and his adventures, at the Running the Campus blog.
In August, the Glenns organized a four-day kayaking trip down the Merrimack River, along with a group of community leaders looking to highlight the importance of our waterways. MVM were there to cover the story — read all about it here.
WELLNESS AROUND THE WEB
Holiday Self-Care: You Are Worth The Time
During the holidays, it’s easy to let the small rituals of self-care slip. Our schedules are usually more hectic, and we often are pulled in many directions while still having to work, take care of our families, and navigate the chaos of the holiday season. But TillamookHeadlightHerald.com notes that having a daily ritual can provide us with a cornerstone to get through our day.
The ritual doesn’t have to be elaborate. It can be writing before the household wakes up, doing yoga, walking the dog, or anything that fits your lifestyle. It can be anything that nourishes you in some way, a small gesture or action that becomes a healthy habit of self-care and self-recognition. And rituals do not necessarily mean being alone. Maybe you go to an exercise class on a regular basis or go to worship on a particular day. The main take away is not to stop, especially when we are rushing through the holiday months.
‘I Secretly Poured Alcohol-Free Drinks Into Wine Glasses:’ People Who Quit Drinking On What Their First Dry December Was Like
The holiday season is practically synonymous with drinking; parties, family get-togethers and time off of work all act as an open invitation to the hard stuff, but some people haven chosen to abstain from drinking this December. MSN.com published a piece that follows the stories of three individuals who all decided to participate in Dry December.
Each subject’s reasoning varies, ranging from mental health to family, physical wellbeing and more. For more info on holiday drinking and the stories of these three subjects, click here.
Medicine In Motion: How Tai Chi Heals Body And Mind
LOCAL HEALTH HIGHLIGHTS & UPCOMING EVENTS
Smart Program: Free Information Night at Groton Wellness
Stress is an inflammatory brain-body response that causes or exacerbates symptoms and illnesses. The purpose of the SMART program is to provide knowledge and guidance towards developing attitudes and behaviors that counter stress, reduce symptoms and enhance your resiliency and well-being.
Groton, Mass. | GrotonWellness.com
February 23 – March 8
2020 Wild Rover Series
The 2020 Wild Rover Series features three different Merrimack Valley races: the Frozen Shamrock 3-Mile Road Race on Feb 23; the Claddagh Pub 4-Mile Classic Road Race on Mar. 1; and the Owen’s & Ollies 5-Mile Race on March 8.
Haverhill, Lawrence and Dracut, Mass. | RunTheWildRover.com