Happy Holidays from Purple Almond Wellness!

There’s been a change of plans in regards to my blog schedule. Initially, I had planned on being back full time on December 7 after my cataract surgery December 2. They do one eye at a time and the other eye is scheduled for December 16.

As I sat down to do my posts today, I realized just how straining computer work is on the eyes. In reality, I’m trying to do my computer work with one good eye, which is now at 20/25 and the other eye is 20/800. Needless to say, my eyes are really tired and I’m getting a headache. If I’m going to do this right, now is the time to rest my eyes. Now is the time to make sure I do this right.

With that said, I’ve decided to take the remainder of the year off and return, full force, on January 6. I am working on a flu article in conjuction with Fidelis Care. So look for that to be published on January 6, 2021.

Happy holidays!

Winter Celebrations and Holidays from Around the World

No matter where you are around the world, December is a time for celebration. In this post, I’ve included a video which highlights 12 of the celebrations around the world during the months of December and January.

SO, Whether you celebrate Christmas, Hanukkah, Yule, Dongzhi, or one of the many other holiday celebrations around the world, I would like to wish all of you a

VERY HAPPY HOLIDAY SEASON.

Christmas

Dongzhi

Hanukkah

Christkind

La Befana

Yule Lads

Saturnalia

Hogmanay

Junkanoo

Yule/Yuletide

Kwanza

In this video, we explore 12, unique winter holiday celebrations, (in honor of the 12 days of the Yuletide season or Christmastide)

https://youtu.be/Ioct760wrsY

Closing thoughts

I know I said I’d be back on December 7, 2020. However, I’ve decided that this will be my last post until the new year. I had Cataract surgery on one eye on December 2 and the other eye is scheduled for December 16. As I sat down to do my posts today, for the next few weeks, I realized just how straining computer work is on the eyes. In reality, I’m trying to do my computer work with one good eye, which is now at 20/25 and the other eye is 20/800. Needless to say, my eyes are really tired and I’m getting a headache. If I’m going to do this right, now is the time to rest my eyes.

Happy Holidays

and

I’ll see you in the new year.

Spend Time in the Quiet Each Morning

Try to spend a little bit of your morning in the quiet when you can. This can help reduce the stress hormone cortisol in the body, which peaks first thing in the morning. It also gives you some time to think to yourself before the busyness of the day begins. You might like to write out your thoughts, to-do’s, prayers, concerns, or whatever else comes to your mind first thing in the day — do whatever suits you. Taking just 10 minutes each morning, perhaps over coffee, is a great way to take care of yourself in a small way each day.

https://www.onegreenplanet.org/lifestyle/thirty-days-to-a-healthier-you-a-daily-checklist-of-wellness-tips/

Do Something Nice for Someone When You Can

Doing something nice for others doesn’t just benefit them but also you too. We’re meant to be giving creatures, yet many of us see giving as a form of sacrifice. This is simply not true. When we give, we get so much more in return in more ways than one. It doesn’t have to be related to money at all either, but could be a simple as sending a card, an email, making a dish for someone, running errand for a friend, sending flowers, taking someone to lunch, or even just letting someone ahead of you in line at the grocery store. Or, give to an animal organization, volunteer at one, or just do something to promote cultural awareness and animal welfare. Doing small things for the good of others on a regular basis is an important part of long-term wellness.

https://www.onegreenplanet.org/lifestyle/thirty-days-to-a-healthier-you-a-daily-checklist-of-wellness-tips/

Learn to Love Sleep

Sleep is a gift, something that’s just as important as the food on our plate and our exercise habits. It’s the time of the day that our body resets itself, detoxifies, and allows us to be able to conquer the next day ahead. Depression, weight gain, stress, and even food cravings can all occur when we don’t get enough rest. For some of us, our sleep needs may be 8 hours, and others it could be 9 or 10… get enough until you wake up at the same time each day without the need for an alarm clock.

https://www.onegreenplanet.org/lifestyle/thirty-days-to-a-healthier-you-a-daily-checklist-of-wellness-tips/

Eat Good Fats

Healthy fats are like fuel for a good mood. They’re one of the most important things to include in your diet to promote a healthy mood (and a balanced metabolism). Healthy fats also promote good heart health, reduce cholesterol, and contain none of the harmful side effects associated with animal-based saturated fats. Go for raw coconut, avocados, almonds, walnuts, acai fruit, flax seeds, cashews, hemp seeds, chia seeds, pumpkin seeds, sesame seeds or tahini, pecans, and olives. 

https://www.onegreenplanet.org/lifestyle/thirty-days-to-a-healthier-you-a-daily-checklist-of-wellness-tips/

Eat for Your Hormone Health

Our hormones completely control how we feel, act, think, and even how we treat others. And guess what controls our hormones for the most part? Aside from sleep and our lifestyle, our diets do. Though rest, stress management, and staying active play a part, nothing acts like directions for your cells like your food does. Certain foods can disrupt hormonal function and possibly even lead to mood disorders, anxiety, or depression. Some of the most common foods to avoid are: dairy, gluten, processed foods, and sugar.

https://www.onegreenplanet.org/lifestyle/thirty-days-to-a-healthier-you-a-daily-checklist-of-wellness-tips/

Don’t Over Sit Your Welcome

We need to stand more throughout the day, even if that’s while chatting with friends, talking on the phone, or just getting up in between nightly relaxing activities before bed. If you like to watch television, be sure not to sit there for hours on end while doing so. If you work at a computer all day, get up and move around or try to stand and work however possible. Sitting too long makes you tired, can cause brain fog, increases your insulin levels, and slows down your metabolism. It can even lead to a bad mood, and antsy nature. The body likes to move; give it what it needs.

https://www.onegreenplanet.org/lifestyle/thirty-days-to-a-healthier-you-a-daily-checklist-of-wellness-tips/

Challenge yourself…

… to eat at least one fruit or vegetable with every meal, every day for a week.

Then try it again the next week.

https://www.grmedcenter.com/health-and-wellness-tips/