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 At Total Care Dental & Wellness our goal is to improve your health.  And most months we talk about…

  • physical health
  •  diets
  • supplements
  • alternative care providers
  • and more…

 But we seem to forget that health has a lot to do with…

  • how we feel
  • how we think
  • how we interact with each other and
  • our experiences in life.

 Why is Your Dentist Talking About Christmas?

There is no way to be truly well and truly heal from anything – dentally or otherwise, when parts of our life are out of balance… 

 …and this time of year it’s easy to lose that balance we are all working toward. 

Why Does the Most “Magical” time of the Year Bring the Most Stress?

We should be focusing on giving and thanks and even sugar plum fairies . . . but that’s not what you often hear people talking about. 

We mostly hear talk about money and worries and trying to “do” it all.  I think we’ve gotten a little off track.

 This time of year usually brings anything but simplicity. 

  •  Black Friday
  • Cyber Monday
  • School Christmas Concerts
  • Parties
  • Service
  • Decorations

 …and last-minute shopping.   

 Are you tired yet??  It’s almost like we have to put our head down and charge forward just to get through November and December. 

 Why do we do it this way??  Is that what this holiday is really about?

 We have to GIVE UP some of this crazy to GET HEALTHY!

I have been on the lookout for ideas to get healthy, in every way, during this season, and I want to share some with you:

10 Ways to Simplify Christmas

Adapted from simplefamilyfinance.com

1. Allow yourself to gain 3 pounds during the holidays.

What I mean is, don’t obsess about your weight.  

Nothing puts a damper on holidays more than worrying about every bite you take.  Be wise about your choices, but give yourself a break.

2. Don’t spend what you don’t have.

There is no better way to stress yourself out than to spend too much.  So simplify your gift giving. 

At our home we do 4 gifts:

  1. Something they WANT
  2. Something they NEED
  3. Something to SHARE and
  4. Something to READ

I find things at thrift stores and online classified for at least 1-2 of these per kid each year.  Christmas is more about why you want to give a gift rather than money you spend.

3. It’s OK to say no occasionally.

I’m preaching to the choir here.  I am a chronic Yes-sayer.  So this year I’m going to practice. My family deserves my time and focus.

4. Your 2nd cousin will forgive you if you don’t get him a gift this year.

Most people probably feel the same way as you do about gift giving.  Send a nice card and thoughtful memory or some other meaningful token rather than spending money.  They just might feel as much relief as you do that they don’t have to give you a gift in return.

5. Remember that giving out of obligation kills the spirit of giving.

You know the feeling – you are standing in the store wondering what in the world your mother-in-law needs this year. 

The answer is – NOTHING! 

Most of us don’t need a thing.  Look online for thoughtful gifts that cost little. 

  •  Attach a photo and a story about one of your favorite memories of her. 
  •  Have the kids write their favorite thing about grandma. 
  • Decorate it silly or beautiful, she will love it either way. 

It will mean more than the obligatory gift she will never use.

6. Ditching a tradition because it’s become too laborious or frustrating does not take away the memories that are attached.

Just because you’ve always gone to see the lights doesn’t mean you always have to.  If it’s causing you stress and taking your eye off the real reason for the holiday, don’t do it!

7. Focus on your faith and family.

Christmas is meant to celebrate Jesus Christ and His birth.  

As a Christian, one of the best ways for me to simplify Christmas is to focus on my faith.  Focusing on faith and family makes everything else seem less important. Go to comesuntochrist.org/light-the-world to see a great 25 days focus on Faith and Serving.

8. It’s OK if your Christmas card is late this year . . . again.

My favorite ones are the ones that come in January after all the others!  I even got one in March this year. Awesome! My aunt just sent hers out on Facebook.  Even easier.

9. Actively look for those who may be struggling financially and help out.

Instead of buying your son his 25th video game, sponsor another child who has little.  Go to unitedway.org to see how to sign up for sub for santa this year.  No extra money? That’s okay – give of your time. Look up the Salt Lake Mission for volunteer opportunities that cost nothing.

10. If you’re able, end every day by turning on the Christmas tree lights, turning off all the other lights, and relaxing with a cup of hot chocolate or tea.

Give yourself at least 10-15 minutes to relax and enjoy the beauty of the holiday season.  Christmas music optional. Sometimes the silence sounds better – especially when it’s clothed in snow.

Now go and ENJOY November and December this year.  It will be gone whether you stress about it or love every minute.  It’s your choice.

Love,

Dr. Michelle Jorgensen

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