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Self-Care (for Sanity’s Sake) Through the Holidays

The holidays are here, whether we are ready or not.  It seems like the year just started, but it is almost over.  The holidays, while they can be wonderful, are tremendously stressful.  Don’t let them be – there are things that you can do to put the joy back in the holidays and keep your sanity.


NOTE: I also want to say at the outset that if you suffer from depression, please talk to someone – a friend, a family member, a coworker, or anyone that you trust.


  • Eat healthy meals before going to parties.
  • Moderate your caffeine and alcohol intake – too much of either will leave you feeling bad later, and also dehydrate you.
  • Get enough sleep.  Go to bed earlier than normal at least once a week.
  • Evaluate any “obligations” that you are facing.  Just because you have done something in the past doesn’t mean you have to continue.
  • Family can be stressful.  It is important to spend time with people that you ENJOY, family or not.  Also, recognize that old patterns reappear under stress, so be aware of that in interactions with family.
  • Say “No” – and mean it.  Remember that NO can  be a complete sentence – you don’t have to explain.
  • Take short breaks to fit in a walk or other forms of exercise.  Not only will it help with possible weight gain over the holiday, it is an excellent stress reliever.
  • Watch how much you spend, to avoid making the start of the new year a more stressful one.
  • Make sure your routine stays the same, or as close as possible.  Keeping a regular routine makes rest/sleep easier, and also helps keep you in balance.
  • If you have stress management techniques that you use in other circumstances, pull them out and use them. Find what works for you and stick with it!
  • Prioritize.  Look at your activities and do what is most important to you.  Don’t worry if less important things don’t get done.
  • Take a time out for yourself – away from noise, stimulation, and things that need to be done.  They will still be there in five, ten, fifteen minutes.
  • Relax and be present in the moment – not worrying about the future, not worrying about what happened in the past.  Enjoy the family around you.  Enjoy the smells of the holiday.  Enjoy the sounds of the holiday.
  • Simplify.  Cut your to-do list in half.  Send fewer cards.  Exchange fewer gifts.  Say NO to a few occasions.
  • Stay flexible; things can change at the drop of a hat so be ready to change.
  • If you have too much to do, delegate.  Ask for help from those around you.  You do the best you can; remember that.
  • Don’t bake six types of cookies if two will do!
  • Laugh.  Hang on to your sense of humor and take care of it.  Look for the funny in life – there is plenty of it out there.  Find some funny websites and look at them first thing in the morning, or any time you need a giggle.
  • Let go of the “ideal” Christmas and enjoy the one around you.
  • Do non-materialistic things with friends and family.
  • Be aware of your breaking point and step back before you reach it.  Step away and take a break.  Avoid those things that push you close to your breaking point, even if it is family.  There is nothing wrong with taking care of yourself.
  • Ask for help when you need it.
  • Chose your battles; ask yourself, “Is this worth a fight?”
  • Keep expectations realistic.  Don’t look for a Brady Bunch Christmas if your family tends to be more boisterous.

If you get stressed, stop and ask yourself, “Is it worth this?  Am I doing this to myself?  Is there something that I can do to make this fun again?”


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100 More Random Acts of Kindness

  1. Make lap afghans for a nursing home.
  2. Hug your loved ones.
  3. Offer someone your seat on the bus.
  4. Leave money in the vending machine.
  5. Say thank you.
  6. Give someone a compliment.
  7. Buy dessert for someone eating alone.
  8. Give an inspiring book to a struggling friend.
  9. Send someone a nice note.
  10. Say I love you.
  11. Let someone get in line in front of you.
  12. Don’t gossip.
  13. Hold the elevator.
  14. Donate your professional skills.
  15. Donate blood.
  16. Speak gently.
  17. Bake cookies for city workers.
  18. Take a special treat to co-workers.
  19. Tell your children why you love them.
  20. Volunteer at school.
  21. Adopt a shelter pet.
  22. Foster a pet.
  23. Plant flowers for someone.
  24. Forgive someone.
  25. Give your children stickers.
  26. Do a craft with a child.
  27. Write a letter to former teachers.
  28. Plant a tree.
  29. Buy a cold drink for someone at the park.
  30. Return a cart for someone at the grocery store.
  31. Crochet a blanket for the homeless.
  32. Call someone you haven’t talked to in a while.
  33. Donate clothes.
  34. Donate toys.
  35. Donate books.
  36. Give care packs to the homeless (deodorant, tooth-brush, brush, snacks, etc.)
  37. Help someone for free.
  38. Use less plastic.
  39. Be a designated driver.
  40. Be kind to someone you dislike; you never know what problem they face.
  41. Donate $1 the next time you have an opportunity.
  42. Donate a haircut.
  43. Give out free popsicles.
  44. Be a role model.
  45. Give school bus driver a thank you.
  46. Praise a parent for how well-behaved or how well their child does something.
  47. Put gas in someone’s car.
  48. Pat someone on the back.
  49. Help someone move.
  50. Cheer someone on.
  51. Share a snack.
  52. Give a child a special treat.
  53. Be positive.
  54. Ask if you can help.
  55. Be polite online.
  56. Send a random person a gift on Amazon.
  57. Give a child a card with money.
  58. Arrange a neighborhood clean-up day.
  59. Pay for he person behind you at a toll booth.
  60. Leave your finished book or magazine on the plane.
  61. Leave a balloon on a friend’s porch.
  62. Let someone go in front of you at the store.
  63. Leave a pretty journal in a dorm or library.
  64. Sing Christmas carols at a nursing home.
  65. Don’t nag.
  66. Shovel a neighbor’s walk.
  67. Praise a child doing the right thing – and his/her parents.
  68. Don’t complain.
  69. Bake a cake for the birthday person.
  70. Say hello!
  71. Buy what the neighbor’s child is selling.
  72. Be understanding.
  73. Listen to someone’s life story.
  74. Give a glowing recommendation.
  75. Ask family members to do something nice for one other person in honor of your birthday.
  76. Hand out gift cards to people going into a coffee shop.
  77. Deliver old blankets/towels to animal shelters.
  78. Leave a wake-up surprise next to family member’s beds.
  79. Work at a food bank.
  80. Warm a blanket in the dryer for your child.
  81. Set up your child’s favorite game and play it with them.
  82. Hide a dollar in your child’s pocket.
  83. Leave diapers and wipes on a changing table.
  84. Let your child stay up a little.
  85. Send your spouse out when they need a break.
  86. Call your parents just to say you love them.
  87. Leave doggie treats at a dog park.
  88. Make someone laugh.
  89. Be nice to customer service.
  90. Leave reusable bags in a shopping cart.
  91. Teach someone how to do something.
  92. Put your change in Ronald McDonald box at a McDonald’s restaurant.
  93. Buy a few iTunes gift cards and give them to teens listening to iPods.
  94. Write a letter of appreciation to your parents.
  95. Take goodies to school office staff.
  96. Write a letter of appreciation to corporate when you receive really good service at a restaurant.
  97. Give directions.
  98. Stop and help someone who looks lost.
  99. Get water for a delivery driver on a hot day.
  100. Just hold someone’s hand when they are upset.

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100 Random Acts of Kindness

  1. Buy coffee for the next person in line.
  2. Leave encouraging notes for people – in library books, on tables, near study areas.
  3. Send an encouraging email to someone.
  4. Put a note in a child’s lunch.
  5. Send an encouraging card or letter.
  6. Call your parents.
  7. Call your grandparents.
  8. Tape money for a drink to a soda machine.
  9. Leave dollars hidden near toys in the dollar store.
  10. Leave a plant on someone’s porch.
  11. Send a box of sunshine to someone.
  12. Smile at someone waiting on you.
  13. Tip well.
  14. Say hello.
  15. Buy a meal for someone in need.
  16. Save change, turn into bills, give to needy.
  17. Cut someone’s grass.
  18. Take a meal to a harried mom.
  19. Make a special treat for your family.
  20. Listen without interruption.
  21. When appropriate, give a hug.
  22. Do a chore for a loved one.
  23. Thank a veteran.
  24. Thank a teacher.
  25. Give scarves, gloves, hats, coats to the homeless.
  26. Participate in a walk/run for a cause.
  27. Leave a gift for your waiter.
  28. Leave notes in library books.
  29. If you see that someone needs something, give freely.
  30. Hold a hand.
  31. Just be there.
  32. Leave a gift card for a waiter, a mailman, your hair stylist.
  33. Donate books, supplies to a women’s shelter.
  34. Put together personal hygiene bags for a homeless shelter.
  35. Tape lottery tickets to a gas pump.
  36. Leave a Starbucks gift card with a note in a library book.
  37. Lend an ear when someone is upset – and JUST listen.
  38. Donate books to a growing library.
  39. Buy school supplies and donate to the school.
  40. Send a care package to a college student.
  41. Write to a soldier.
  42. Thank an EMT.
  43. Take cookies to the firehouse.
  44. Bundle nail files and a bottle of nail polish and leave at a park with a note – “This is for you.  Have a great day!”
  45. Write encouraging post-its and leave around the house.
  46. Cut a neighbor’s lawn.
  47. Help an older neighbor weed flower beds.
  48. Read to a child.
  49. Let a child read to you 🙂
  50. Give your child’s teachers a gift basket.
  51. Take gift cards to teachers.
  52. Give friends a night out by watching their children.
  53. Help a child with homework.
  54. Take a friend for a manicure.
  55. Take a friend out to dinner.
  56. Give someone a gift certificate for a massage.
  57. Teach a child how to do something.
  58. Give restaurant gift cards to your mailman.
  59. Make freezer meals for a family in crisis.
  60. Donate to a cause in someone’s name.
  61. Make a get well soon gift basket for someone.
  62. Leave encouraging post cards in public places.
  63. Send encouraging post cards to people who are struggling.
  64. Say you are sorry.
  65. Have tea with a friend.
  66. Be a Big Brother/Big Sister.
  67. Crochet scarves for the homeless.
  68. Make motivational/inspirational bookmarks and leave in library books.
  69. Volunteer for clean-ups.
  70. Make a favorite meal for someone.
  71. Watch your spouse’s favorite movie with him/her.
  72. Volunteer at a soup kitchen.
  73. Bake cookies for a child.
  74. Fix a nutritious snack for the homeless.
  75. Visit a lemonade stand.
  76. Give someone an umbrella on a rainy day.
  77. Leave an inspirational book in a doctor’s office.
  78. Listen – REALLY listen. Continue reading

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Before you pull out your hair…a few ideas on stress management

Stress is a state of mental or emotional strain or suspense.  It can also be difficulties that cause worry.  There are two basic types: acute stress or chronic stress.  Acute stress is short-term; it is the body’s response to something that seems dangerous.  Examples would be accidents or near-misses.  Chronic stress is something to continues for long periods, like stressful situations or events.  A separation or a bad work situation would probably result in chronic stress.  When you are stressed, your body goes reacts as if it is under attack or in danger – this is the fight-or-flight response.  It causes your body to produce hormones that speed up your heart, make you breathe faster, and give you a burst of energy.

It is entirely possible to exhibit symptoms of stress and think that you are simply sick.  Symptoms of stress are numerous and vary from person to person. There are physical symptoms such as headache, heart palpitations, chest pain, stiff neck, and back pain, as well as upset stomach and nausea.  Note that some of those symptoms are indeed symptoms of other issues and may need the attention of a doctor – chest pain, in particular!  Other symptoms are emotional: anxiety, lack of focus, depression, sadness, anger, restlessness, feeling insecure and irritablity.  Burnout is also a symptom of stress.  You may also exhibit behavioral symptoms, which may include changes in eating patterns (either more or less), drug or alcohol abuse, social withdrawal, crying spells, and relationship conflicts.  It is important to pay attention to what your body is telling you!  If you ignore high levels of stress, you can truly make yourself sick.

And that brings us to the effects of stress – which are numerous and can be serious.  It can affect your immune system, literally making you more likely to get sick – and to get sick more often.  If you have a chronic illness, it can make those symptoms worse.  It can make skin problems like acne and psoriasis worse.  It can cause nagging headaches, forgetfulness, and decreased productivity at work.  You may feel tired all the time, irritable, and may be quicker to lose your temper.

Who is most susceptible to stress?  People without strong support netowkrs, those who are poorly nourished, and people who don’t get enough sleep.  Other groups that show a higher liklihood of suffering from the effects of stress include those with chronic illnesses, children, teens, working parents, and seniors.  Many of these groups have stressors that tend to be related to life transitions such as more and more responsibility, the change from not having children to having children, and retirement and growing health issues.

Speaking of stressors – what causes such levels of stress?  Well, stressors can be either pleasant or unpleasant events.  Both sets can cause tremendous levels of stress.  For example, significant life adjustments like marriage, divorce, separation, birth of children, and gradation are all sources of stress, even if some of them are happy occasions.  Buying a house is another example – it is a happy event, but the paperwork, the legal documents, the move are all stressful.  Stress can also come from daily routines: sitting in traffic, getting the children up and ready for school in time for the bus, deadlines at work, and running kids back and forth to after-school events can all cause stress.  Unrealistic self-expectations – like expecting perfection – can certainly be stressful.  Interpersonal relationships, including both work/social relationships and personal relationships, can cause a lot of stress.   Common stressors include balancing work and family, anger management, legal issues, financial problems, health issues, family problems, addictions, caring for an elderly relative, school, and career changes.

Now, how do you deal with all of this stress?  First of all, if you are showing physical symptoms, if you are depressed, please seek help.  There is NOTHING wrong with getting help when you are struggling.  Talk to someone, a friend, a relative, a doctor.  Secondly, take a look at what is causing your stress.  Is it long-term?  Is it short-term?  Look at the problem you are facing and break it down into smaller, more easily faced parts.  Brainstorm ways to fix the problem or to make it simpler.  Other ideas for dealing with stress or getting a little relief include:

  • Take a 15-minute break from what is stressing you.  Walk a way and come back to it when you are calmer.
  • Write out what is worrying you and set it aside for 15 minutes.
  • Look at the worst-case scenario.  If that happened, how bad would it really be?  How likely is it to really happen?
  • Sit outside in the fresh air and sunshine for a short period – about 15 minutes.
  • Read something funny.
  • Delegate when you can – ask for help.  People who care about you frequently want to help.
  • Are you stressed because you are too busy or are overcommitted?  Well, look at changes you can make.  Decline some of the requests.  Set aside time for yourself and your family.
  • Set aside 10 minutes when you walk in the door in the evening to unwind before jumping into housework and household routines.
  • Declutter – clutter can cause stress.  Clean up in small increments: one area at a time.
  • Look at what really needs to be done and prioritize.
  • Ask yourself, “In 100 years, how important will this be?”
  • Ask yourself if there is anything you can do to change the situation.  If not, why worry? Let it go.  If you CAN do something, then DO it instead of worrying!
  • Talk to someone!  Get advice – or simply talk.  You may want to let your friend/listener know if you simply need to vent.
  • Help someone else – it will help take your mind off of things.
  • Make sure you get a good night’s sleep.  It helps you deal with things better and stay calmer – and it helps you stay healthy!
  • Watch your favorite movie or read your favorite book – use it as an escape for a little while.
  • Before you make a major change, weigh the pros and cons.
  • If you’ve made a mistake, look at what you can do to fix it.  If you can’t, apologize if appropriate and look at ways to make sure it doesn’t happen again.  Then let it go.
  • Take a deep breath and count to 10 before reacting.
  • If you are stuck regarding a specific issue, put it aside and move on.  Think about, or work on, something else and give your subconscious time to work.  You’d be surprised at how often you’ll get an idea when you are least expecting it.
  • Focus on positive achievements, positive changes, and surround yourself with positive people.
  • Cut back on caffiene – it will help you feel less on edge.
  • Learn to allow yourself an extra 10 minutes to get places.
  • Get up 10 – 15 minutes earlier in the morning to make your morning less harried.

Websites that I found helpful

  1. http://www.mindtools.com/smpage.html
  2. http://www.helpguide.org/mental/stress_management_relief_coping.htm
  3. http://www.mftrou.com/stress-management-techniques.html
  4. www.time-management-guide.com
  5. www.conqueringstress.com

My sources of information

  1. http://www.medicinenet.com/stress_management_techniques/index.htm
  2. http://www.mayoclinic.com/health/stress-management/MY00435
  3. http://www.webmd.com/balance/stress-management/default.htm
  4. Sources of stress:  http://ohp.nasa.gov/cope/stress_sources.htm

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Stress Relief

I thought this might be a useful topic these days.  Goodness knows I’m feeling the stress from the economic situation!  Here are some suggestions, tips, or words of advice that I’ve gathered or put together over the years.  Each person is different and reacts differently to stress and stress relief techniques.  My recommendation is to try things until you discover what works for you, then make a note of it.  If you have suggestions of your own, please feel free to leave them in a comment!

  • Forget yesterday’s mistakes.  It is a new day.  Learn from your mistakes but move on.
  • If something unfortunate happens, decide not to let it color your whole day.  Have a “bad moment” rather than a “bad day!”
  • If you can’t think of positive things about yourself, ask someone that you trust to list some.  Then keep that list and refer to it from time to time, particularly when you feel down or stressed.
  • Make sure you eat breakfast; it is important to give yourself some fuel to get started in the morning.
  • Try breathing exercises.  One way to do this is to “breathe out the negative, breathe in the positive.”  Let go of the negative thoughts as you breathe out, focus on the positive as you breathe in.
  • Cultivate gratitude: thank people who serve you food, fix your car, fix your dinner.  Thank your children.
  • If you and your spouse are having problems – decide you aren’t going to play the blame game.  Work together to fix the situation.
  • Choose the people you surround yourself with wisely – beware of people who are negative all the time, who complain constantly, who criticize others all the time.
  • Look at the stars or the ocean.
  • Clean your desk at the end of the day; large piles and general disorganization can be stress-inducing!
  • Stretch.
  • Be a child for 15 minutes: go buy some bubbles and blow some.  Share the joy and blow bubbles with or for a child.
  • Acknowledge anger rather than stiffling it.  If you can’t express your feelings calmly, then count to 10, 20, 100, or whatever but don’t explode.
  • Sit by candlelight, firelight, or simply in dimmed lights for 15 minutes before bed.  Listen to soft, gentle music or nature sounds if you like.
  • Sometimes it is better to walk away from a situation for a few minutes and catch your breath.  Take some deep breaths, go for a brief walk, splash water on your face, or doodle on a notepad, then face the situation when you are calmer.

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Holiday Stress Relief

We’ve all found by now that holidays are stressful.  Yes, there is a lot of joy and a lot of celebrating, but along with that comes the stress of preparation, the stress of paying for large numbers of purchases, and so on.  So, is it possible to celebrate a holiday and relieve that stress?  Of course – it just takes a little thought and perhaps some planning.

Here are 15 ideas that I have tried over the years that work.  Use what appeals to, or makes sense for, you.  Not everything will work for everyone.

  1. Get away from it all – literally. Take a time out.  Take time each day to spend by yourself, in quiet.  It doesn’t even really matter how much time it is – even 15 minutes a day helps.  The quiet will help sooth nerves rattled by holiday traffic and the cacophany of noises that surround us now.
  2. Get sleep. I know that it is hard during busy holiday seasons to keep to a normal schedule, to get as much sleep as you would like.  One idea that helps relief stress and doesn’t steal too much time: go to bed an hour early once a week.  That’s it – once a week.
  3. Watch your sugar, caffeine, and alcohol intake. Of course, this is difficult during the holidays but if you moderate your intake you can enjoy all of these things without increasing the stress on your body.  It will also help make the sleep you get better quality sleep, too.  Ideas for this include drinking your caffeine early in the day and drinking fewer caffeinated drinks overall.  Try juice or water instead.  If you need to wake up, go outside for a few minutes of fresh air.  Eat treats – just not at EVERY meal.  Have two cookies instead of four!
  4. Don’t take it all so seriously! The holiday doesn’t have to be PERFECT – in fact, it won’t be so stop expecting that.  Laugh when you have a mishap – then let it go.  If things don’t work out quite the way you expect, smile and enjoy the situation anyway.
  5. Say no from time to time. Is it really necessary to go to your brother’s wife’s third cousin’s nephew’s party?  Probably not.  Do you really need to buy presents for all of your second cousins’ kids?  Probably not.  Decide what is really important and focus on that; let the other stuff go.  Don’t over-schedule yourself and your family!
  6. Laugh. Tell jokes, read funny books, watch a funny movie.  Take a laughter break in the midst of all the “hurry, hurry, hurry” of the holiday!
  7. Light – and lots of it. This is particularly true of winter: you need more light.  Get outside in the sun for 15 minutes a day if you can.  Grey, wintery weather can really get to you – really, grey weather in general.
  8. Take some time for your hobbies. Stop long enough to relax a little and do something creative each day.  Crochet, knit, work a cross word puzzle.  Read.  Spend some time pruning your plants.  Play with your animals, not that that’s a hobby – but it is relaxing and soothing.
  9. Take a break from the news. Too much “reality” can depress.  Besides “good news” doesn’t sell newspapers and get people’s attention on the network news – the depressing, bad, and sensationalistic news is what sells.
  10. Go see Christmas lights! Whether you go to a commercial display or simply explore neighborhoods around you, go out and take a look.  A lot of people really go all out in decorating for Christmas.  In fact, some go all out at each holiday!
  11. Make time for your family. Eat dinner together – without phone interruptions or TV.  Talk to each other.  Play games one night a week.  Develop some family traditions that are your own!
  12. Treat yourself. Get a massage.  Get a pedicure and a manicure.
  13. Reach out to others. Help those who are struggling to whatever degree it is possible.
  14. Develop a special, relaxing “holiday routine” for your family and stick to it. Play a game each evening.  Watch one person’s favorite movie in the evening – a different movie each night.  Drink hot coco or hot tea together and talk about the day, after you’ve changed into pajamas.  Read a family book together.  Read a family book outloud to your children.
  15. Reduce the pressure to buy, buy, buy. Simplify your Christmas/holiday/birthday present list.  Don’t try to buy EVERYTHING for your children.  Try to find significant gifts, things that will really mean something for the people on your list.

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Really Useful Websites (May 2008)

Here are this month’s selections (from a variety of topics):

  1. Myfootprint.org – you can take a quiz to determine your impact on the earth and find ways to improve it!
  2. The Green Guide – this site has green living tips, blogs, recipes, tips of the week, and more. I found it very helpful.
  3. The Daily Green – this site has tips and advice, news, green home section, and more. There is a green cuisine section that includes parts on safe foods, recipes, and food blogs. There are community tips and more. You can join the community – or not. There is also a newsletter.
  4. Do It Yourself – this is a very helpful site with information on all sorts of projects for the home, car, going green, lifestyle, crafts, cleaning, and more. There are forums to participate in, product information, and product reviews.
  5. Do It 101 – this is a good way to spend time; I could have browsed here for quite a while – if I could find the time. There are articles on a wide, wide range of subjects. For example, under Animals – Cats, I found articles on caring for newborn kittens, 5 common diseases, patterns to make cat toys, and recipes for treats.
  6. CNET Tips and Tricks – If you are looking for computer tips and advice, this is a good place to go. I found articles on adware, antivirus issues, tips on photography (particularly digital – things like avoiding fuzzy pictures, adding people to pictures, how to share your digital pictures, and so on), as well as tips for iPods and HDTV, among other things. Looks like a good library of information to check out.
  7. The Simple Dollar – this site has some great articles on ways to save money, projects that can help you improve your financial situation, and so forth. I highly recommend it.
  8. Zenhabits – I don’t even know how to describe this site. I love it and I highly recommend it though. I found articles on money saving tips, motivation hacks, A Three-Step Cure for Digital Packrats, Ways to Motivate Yourself to Exercise, and more. All in all, a fascinating site. (Now that I’ve typed this, I suspect I’ve referred to them before, but you know what – it bears repeating!)
  9. Frugal Living – This is on about.com and covers a wide range of tips on saving money. There are sections on everything from frugal living 101 to frugal seniors, as well as frugal fun, special occasions, and affordable transportation.
  10. Stress Management Tips – Well, this is certainly to the point.  The title says a lot – but there is more to the site than tips.  There are sections on causes of stress, effects of stress, and on ways to handle different kinds of stress.  There are also stress relief games and exercises.  If you need stress management help, this is a good place to go.
  11. Stress Center – Mayo Clinic – another good place to look for information on stress symptoms, relaxation techniques, stress management articles, and so on.  This is a very informative site – for a wide range of topics.
  12. Helpguide.org – This site has a ton of articles on various “life challenges”.  I found it while looking for information on stress relief but discovered that there is a lot more to this site.  Other topics include autism, anxiety, children & parenting, depression, eating disorders, relationship issues, sleep, and stress and trauma.
  13. Widgetbox – If you want widgets for iGoogle, My Space, Facebook, WordPress, and other similar sites, this is the place to go.  They have categories for blogs, countdowns, clocks, pets, news, humor, and so on.  In addition, you can make your own.  This is a lot of fun.
  14. World Religions –  this site has a number of articles on some of the world’s major religions.  Mind you, this is not a huge list, but it is a good place to start.
  15. Refdesk/Religion – I believe that I mentioned refdesk.com in another edition of this monthly feature.  However, this is a nice enough list that I thought I should repeat myself a bit.  This page has a list of 114 items related to various religions.  Some have discriptions, some do not.  I think this is a great starting point for looking into other religions – or even your own.

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