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Green is where the Heart Is for November 28, 2012

“The best vitamin to be a happy person is B1”
~Author unknown

By MO LINQUIST
Contributing Writer

All of us experience intense sadness at some stage of the game but the holiday season is a time that exponentially brings out the blues.  
Although our modern society provides benefits such as electric lighting and a highly sophisticated communications network does it seem like our ability to enjoy life to the fullest is fractured in some way? 
According to a recent article in medicinenet.com things like stress, fatigue, unrealistic expectations, over-commercialization, financial stress and the inability to be with one’s family and friends contribute to holiday sadness.   Even those who may not view themselves as depressed may experience headaches, excessive drinking, over-eating, insomnia and a tendency to burst into tears. 
For some it may not hit till after New Year’s Day.
These powerful feelings may be caused by an imbalance in the level of “happy hormones” such as serotonin, catecholamine and others. 
A staggering 90 percent of the most common types of toxic chemicals in our food and environment are known to alter these levels, so how do we stand a chance at a happy, healthy holiday?
Here are 6 tips for coping with holiday stress and depression:
1. Examine your expectations.  William Shakespeare said, “Expectation is the root of all heartache.”  Healthy expectations do not expect ‘others’ to fulfill your fantasy.
2. Set realistic goals and prioritize your list to make it feel more manageable.  Spread out the additional activities like decorating, shopping and wrapping. 
Plan free space to enjoy parties and community activities without worrying about when you are going to get everything done.
3. Limit your consumption of alcohol and sweet treats.  I know.  Easier said then done but excessive drinking only contributes to feelings of depression and sugar along with refined flour may lift you up with a euphoric high but smacks you down deeper than before. 
According to FoodfortheBrain.org “Lots of refined sugar and refined carbohydrates (meaning white bread, pasta, rice and most processed foods,) is also linked with depression because these foods not only supply very little in the way of nutrients but they also use up the mood enhancing B vitamins; turning each teaspoon of sugar into energy needs B vitamins.”
4. Let others share the responsibilities of holiday tasks.  If it feels overwhelming to get everything done…stop.  Forego doing everything yourself this year and do it only if it is FUN.  Schedule acupuncture or a massage to reduce stress for yourself.  You may remember ‘the year without’ as one of the best.
5. Avoid overspending and purchasing stuff for “stuff’s” sake.  Daniel Pink said, “Meaning is the new money.”  A thoughtful gift, perhaps handmade by a local artist is worth 10 times the gift grabbed off a shelf for convenience sake.  Think ‘energy’ when choosing a gift for someone.  It is the vibes that make people happy.  Who and how something is produced holds those vibes.
6. Examine your sphere of influence.  Maintaining an attitude of gratitude may be a conscious decision.   Stay in the circle of optimistic friends.  Show gratitude by bringing a hostess gift when invited to someone’s home.  Something as small as handmade soy, clean burning candle shows that you thoughtfully care for them.
Join us at Artful Living Group Thursday, December 6th, 6:30-8:30 pm for our Christmas Party! 
We'll have food and drink (3) plus door prizes from some of our artists.  It will be casual (1) and FUN (4) so plan (2) to start your holiday party season with us! This is the perfect time to hang with positive people (6) and peruse our artisan made, “energetically enhanced, made with love” affordable gifts (5.)  xo mo
Kure Beach resident Mo Linquist, Red Ribbon Professional of IFSG and allied ASID is a recognized expert on Pyramid Feng Shui. She is the “ PersonPlace” design consultant specializing in soft goods such as fabrics, window treatments, reupholstery, blinds, shutters, feng shui and green healthy living products.  Her design studio is located in the Artful Living Group building 112 Cape Fear Blvd, Carolina Beach, NC.   Linquist speaks nationally and holds regular workshops and accredited trainings on this ancient form of environmental psychology. Helping clients create home and office spaces designed specifically to support their individual goals and intentions, Linquist uses cutting-edge techniques integrating science, 20 years of interior design experience and Feng Shui to balance, harmonize and create new patterns for success.
To learn more about her work or for a consultation, contact her at www.personplace.com FaceBook at Mo Linquist Living Solutions or call 910-458-7822 office or 330-904-3636 cell.