As a Nurse Practitioner, mom, wife, friend, sister and neighbor, people are always asking me for health advice. I love translating complicated medical information and then helping people navigate their way toward better health and wellness. I’ll help you find the information you need to make the best decisions for your health and the health of your family.
Here’s to better health,
Nurse Barb Dehn RN MS NP
Does the thought of hanging Christmas lights and attending holiday work parties make you want to grab your sleeping bag and run for the nearest cave? 2013 has been intense for many of us. We felt overscheduled, overworked and we rarely got the chance to unplug. We navigated big career and life transitions—and had little time to integrate these changes. Frankly, we’re exhausted. We’re ready for rest. Not a relaxed evening by the fire, but a serious stretch of lazy days, long naps, walks in the woods, deep nourishing slumber and joyful, easy, simple connections with friends and family who feed us emotionally and spiritually.
This is a guest post by Renée Peterson Trudeau, a life balance coach and speaker as well as a prolific author whose work has appeared in The New York Times, Good Housekeeping and more. We are thrilled that she offered to contribute this incredibly resonant piece during the hectic holiday season.
What we most need in the coming weeks is not the latest iPad or one last trip to the mall, but permission to rest, relax, unplug and do nothing. But with the holidays and all the activity and invitations that come with this season knocking on our door—what’s a person to do?
I challenge you to take the road less traveled and take a radical stand for what you most need this year. Consider the following five ideas:
• Schedule downtime now. Block out periods on your calendar during the holiday season for “dedicated relaxation,” where your only job is to rest. Schedule half-days, full days, weekends or an entire week if you can swing it. Maybe you’ll feel like a nature hike when your period for renewal rolls around or maybe you’re better served by staying in your pajamas, turning off your smart phone, sipping on hot tea and watching the leaves fall from the trees. Make down time a priority and schedule this now so you can honor your commitment to deep to-the-bones self-renewal. [...]
Mountain View Best Hidden Gem for Holiday Shopping
With the holidays in full swing, and knowing that we’re all on the hunt for one location where you can find unique and thoughtful gifts for everyone on your list at great prices, I wanted to share with you all one of the best kept secrets for your holiday shopping. And you may be surprised. It’s somewhere you’re probably not expecting: our very own, local El Camino Hospital in Mountain View.
I stopped by yesterday to get a tour by Patty Tager, the buyer for the El Camino Hospital Gift Shops, and was blown away by the amazing selection of gifts, for any and every season, but especially for the holiday season available in their five different gift shops. Patty combs the country throughout the year to find cutting edge and uniqe products and then sells them at very competitive prices. “We are committed to offering the best products and services to all our customers, whether they are patients in our hospital, or members of our community, who come for a different shopping experience,” she said.
Price ranges and assortments vary and they have an extraordinary selection of holiday décor and gifts. You can find jewelry, scented candles, beautiful apparel and scarves, gifts for everyone in the family, fresh flowers, and even something so simple as a toothbrush. I saw great gifts for SF Giants and SJ Sharks fans. There’s something for everyone, and I had fun scoping out what I’m going to buy for hostess gifts this year. It really is one of those local gems that few people know about, so I wanted to share it with you. [...]