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Books are the New Superheroes: Reading is the Antidote to Holiday Stress

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Barnes and Noble recently did an independent survey on reading habits, and it turns out that the day before Thanksgiving is the busiest reading day of the year! Many of us leaf through the pages of our favorite novels over the Thanksgiving holiday season to relax. Reading also makes traveling better, with over 75% of the American population finishing one book, magazine, or other literary publication over the holiday travels. If you thought reading couldn’t possibly get any better after all that, the survey also revealed that one-in-four Americans will bring along a book to avoid awkward family situations. We’ve all been there (let’s be honest here, folks), but admittedly, bringing along a book for that exact purpose might be a new…

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Germanwings crash draws attention to depression, stress in workplace

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As awful as the news was about the recent crash in the French Alps of Germanwings Flight 9525, the world was shocked once again when it was learned that the disaster, which cost 150 people their lives, seems to have been caused intentionally by the flight’s co-pilot, Andres Lubitz. In the aftermath of the crash, it was learned that Lubitz had been treated for severe depression and suicidal tendencies prior to his training as a commercial pilot. There are few occupations more stressful than that of the commercial airline pilot (in fact, the employment industry webzine CareerCast.com recently rated it 2015’s fourth most-stressful job, behind those of firefighters, enlisted military personnel and military generals). All jobs come with their own…

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14 Days to meQuilibrium

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So you say you want to eliminate stress from your life? Well, chances are…you can’t. Unless you live on a private island somewhere in the South Pacific, in a magical land without to-do lists, deadlines, family schedules, relationship conflicts and bills to pay, stress is going to be a part of your everyday existence. (Come to think of it, even on the magical South Pacific island you have to deal with the occasional monsoon, don’t you?) Maybe the answer isn’t eliminating stress, or even conquering it. Maybe what we need is a way to manage it peacefully, without the pills or caffeine or sugar or junk food or cigarettes or alcohol or whatever it is we use to get ourselves…

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Adult coloring books are the new craze

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Remember that feeling you had as a kid during rainy days, when you would bust out your box of Crayolas and your favorite coloring book and create a dazzling work of art? Millions of people around the world are still enjoying that experience—and these days, many of them are adults. In fact, coloring books for grown-ups have become one of the hottest niches in publishing, and new titles featuring amazing and elaborate artwork are popping up everywhere. The trend started in 2013, with the release of Secret Garden: An Inky Treasure Hunt and Coloring Book (Laurence King Publishing) by Johanna Basford. The book, 96 pages of intricate black-and-white drawings of flowers, trees, birds, and other garden-related objects, became an instant…

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Barb Schmidt has a de-stressing strategy for the holidays with The Practice

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So it’s Thanksgiving again, and the entire family is over for dinner. Uncle Phil has had a little too much wine. Your teenage daughter is fighting with you over seeing her boyfriend, who you can’t stand. Grandpa is on a rant over the Republicans (or is it the Democrats?).  And there’s a wild herd of kids upstairs, their thundering shoes carrying them from one room to the other and back again. Is it New Year’s yet? As much as we love the holidays and our families, this time of year can be tremendously stressful. More than ever, this is a period when we need to stop, breath and take care of ourselves. So says Barb Schmidt, spiritual coach, businesswoman, philanthropist…

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