This time of year like the carol says, can be the most wonderful time of the year. However it can also be the most stressful time of the year, but I can see how that would not make for a good song. Never the less, this time of year can be extremely stressful when it comes to family, and extended family gatherings.
“What do you do?” is a question I never like to hear, and never know how to answer. When I try to answer it I usually get the same responses. The first response is a surprised “oh…” followed by the silence and contemplation that I can either read minds (I can’t) or that I am quietly psychoanalyzing them (I’m not).
with the beautiful Seattle summer behind us and cold wet Seattle gray upon us, self-care is more important than ever during the time when seasonal depression starts to kick in. So whether you're battling seasonal depression or just neglecting your own needs, here are three things you can do to implement self-care into your life to make sure you are taking care of yourself.
Marriage, A History. By Stephanie Coontz is an extensive look at the history of marriage and how it has evolved over the course of human history. That might not sound exciting to you, but it should be. The book is incredible and shows how marriage has gone from a logical and emotionless decision to one solely based on love and emotion. You will be entertained and enlightened and honestly you should have already bought this book yesterday. Full disclosure if you click the link and buy the book or anything else I make money. Like, making it rain pennies, and maybe even a few nickels kind of money.
Like any sitcom or romantic comedy will tell you, love complicates things. History will tell you that love and these complications are the reason for the increase in divorce, but it wasn’t always like this. In fact for the majority of human history love didn’t complicate marriage because it wasn’t a major factor for getting married in the first place.