Ah, the holiday season: the parties, the gift-shopping, the decorations, the family and friends…
According to a Healthline study reported in the Harvard University Medical School’s Department of Neurobiology newsletter, 62% of study respondents reported that they experience “very” or “somewhat” elevated levels of stress over the holiday season.
Since stress often has a significant impact on health and wellness, it’s important to set priorities and head off stress before it affects you.
‘Tis the Season for giving, in the form of both gifts for friends and loved ones, as well as donations to charitable organizations, which receive the bulk of their annual donations at the end of the year. (While it’s true that we feel more generous during this time of year, another reason for the surge is folks looking to maximize their annual tax deductions before the New Year).
By the (Gas Log) Fire-Side
A November Poem, inspired by Robert Browning
How well I know what I mean to do
When dark evenings come after clocks have changed;
Inside my home, with worries few
After pleasantries with neighbors are exchanged,
Celebrating friendships old and new.
“I am grateful for what I am and have. My thanksgiving is perpetual.” ~ Henry David Thoreau
In the list of celebrations filled with food and family, and steeped in tradition, two holidays stand out that are unique to Americans: Independence Day and Thanksgiving.
Hot dogs and apple pie dominate the menu of summer, and the day is punctuated by traditional fireworks displays. Outdoor meals and activities are dictated largely by the season.
November’s holiday normally takes place indoors, with family gatherings (and a “kids’ table”) where the fare includes a turkey, potatoes with gravy, and pumpkin pie – foods reputed to have been a part of the first Thanksgiving.
Eating right, exercising, and eliminating unhealthy habits are some of the basic tools to achieving optimum health at any age. Often overlooked, however, is how quality of sleep affects your well-being.
Since comfort in your designated sleeping space is directly linked to sleep quality, taking steps to improve your comfort can help you sleep better and enjoy a better quality of life.
Neighborhoods, communities are made up of people… and, of course, what makes people so interesting are the stories of which their lives are comprised.
In October, Doyle and Jewell Roberts joined the Windsong family, when they moved into their Emerson home in Windsong’s Bel-Aire community in West Cobb.
Now Pre-Selling Grace, Our Newest Community in Acworth.
Grace is a beautiful Active Adult 55+ community featuring 66 ranch homes with fantastic outdoor living options. From patios and screened-in porches to courtyard retreats and elegant sunrooms, our homes provide outdoor space perfect for entertaining. This quaint community beckons you home where you will experience a throw back to simpler times where neighbors become friends.
For the past 14 years, Windsong Properties has been solely focused on developing communities and building homes for the active adult market – home buyers typically 55 years and older – that are unique to their needs and living preferences. An award-winning home builder, the company is launching a new land development division called Wintergreen Development to further serve this demographic as a market leader. To align with the company expansion, Windsong also announces a reorganization of its three executive leadership positions.
Along with jaunts to Ellijay for apples, including a sweater in our daily wardrobe, and ads for Medicare Open Enrollment, October is the month in which we discuss with our medical professionals whether (or when) to take our FLU SHOTS.