We talk about a lot of things when we speak about becoming healthier, more balanced. Eating a nutritious varied diet, daily meditation, regular exercise, and getting enough sleep are among the most obvious points that come up in my discussions with patients. However, while many of us are pursuing a healthier lifestyle, we often forget to make time for fun and relaxation. While I personally think of exercise as fun, I realize that not everyone feels that way.
One does not become enlightened by imagining figures of light but by making the darkness conscious. ~C.G. Jung
As the Season of goodwill, wonderful food, and gift giving is upon us all, let us not forget to take time for ourselves during this upcoming holiday experience. It is easy to get caught up in the “have-tos” of parties, events, dinners, shopping, wrapping presents, cooking, travel, and traffic.
Substance and behavior abuse have reached epidemic proportions in our
country. This, coupled with the emotional repression and stress
associated with living in our outside-in, consumer culture has produced
America’s number-one health challenge: addiction.