Holiday family drama is never a pleasant subject matter any time of the year. Maybe your family members don’t present like the Griswold’s from National Lampoon’s Christmas Vacation or the Bailey’s from It’s A Wonderful Life. However, I believe all families have some level of dysfunction. The question is how do you deal with it?
We all know the holiday season can bring stress and tension but you and your family can take steps to prepare and address potential conflict in healthy ways.
Many people resolved to improve their health at the start of the new year and exercise is the number one way to achieve measurable results.
I made the decision to exercise consistently when I was diagnosed with borderline high blood pressure. I challenged myself to do and be better. In 2012, I walked my first half-marathon. Two years later, in June, I bought a Fitbit to help me stay on track, encouraging to me exercise with measurable goals.
This time of the year nearly everyone takes time to celebrate Thanksgiving by counting their blessings and having a grateful heart. What would our lives look like if we develop an attitude of gratitude everyday in everything?
A positive attitude is linked to a number of health benefits both psychological and physical. Gratitude has the strongest link with mental well-being than any other character trait.
The recent death of comedienne Joan Rivers brings to mind not just her death but her catchphrase, “Can we talk?” Most people including myself do not routinely talk about suicide. What you normally get is silence when one hears about a suicidal incident. In 1987, Rivers second husband, Edgar Rosenberg committed suicide, earlier this year, the 6ft 3in fashion designer L’Wren Scott committed suicide and of most recently comedian/actor Robin Williams committed suicide.
Can we talk? Perhaps that’s the problem with suicide, we don’t want to talk when it happens to someone we know and love. We know celebrities aren’t immune to the pressures of life. Suicide. Why? What happened? Depression? Mental illness? Money problems? Health issues? What contributed to the suicide? Then we want to dissect why that celebrity would have committed suicide and may never know or understand the personal trauma they may have experienced.
Wearing old Carmen Marc Valvo Taffeta plaid dress with Suzi Roher belt, J.Crew vintage denim jacket, J. Crew blue necklace, Mui Mui gold metallic pumps, my collection of Tiffany charm bracelet, Tiffany bead bracelet, David Yurman bracelet and my ever present FitBit Band.
Just a reminder that the focus of this blog is to address women of certain age, their health, wellness and staying fit while aging gracefully. We all realize the importance of exercise and eating properly to maintain a healthy lifestyle especially as we age. Which brings to mind data from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention and the National Center for Injury Prevention and Control show that suicide death has risen nationally not just among those men “in the middle” of the lives (35 to 64 years of age), but among women as well.
Historically, the bulk of suicide risk has been on the ends of the age spectrum, younger and elderly people, but recent data from 1999-2010 show that suicide has risen 28% among this cohort of Americans. As a result, suicide has moved up the ranking for cause of death among American 35-64 years of age from the 10th leading cause of death in 1999 to the fourth leading cause of death.
Standing at FDR Bridge Overlook near East River. Wearing Forever 21 Faux Fur Vest, J. Crew Black SchoolBoy Blazer, Tindley Road Faux Leather Peplum Top, Anne Klein Black Riding Boots and Totes Animal Print Umbrella.
I went to pick my daughter up from New York City for Thanksgiving last week, just as the weather was forecasted to bring a Nor’easter. The high winds brought with extremely cold rain with them, and while I was glad it wasn’t snow, it was still quite a pain to drive out of the city in.
The plan in NYC was to get a peek at the Macy’s Day balloons being inflated the day before the 85th Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade. Because of the high winds and torrential rain, the plan to inflate balloons was delayed causing a change in our itinerary as well. But that wasn’t a problem, the rain didn’t stop a visit to Sephora or having a nice Thai dinner with Channing. I am thankful that I am able to easily switch gears to just enjoy whatever my surroundings may be even if rainy cold and miss the opportunity to be child-like and seeing the Macy’s team at work getting everything ready for all to enjoy for the upcoming holiday season. And I still did get to enjoy the balloons of the Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade in the comforts of my warm home.