Holiday Entertainment For the Emotions

Music, Film, Art, Psychology, Emotional Well Being

Use art and activity to help you reflect on the year. And have a sleepy, zen kitty!

Use art and activity to help you reflect on the year. And have a sleepy, zen kitty!

After hearing Rudolf the Red-nosed Reindeer for the tenth time, perhaps you’re ready to listen to something more than nostalgic winter holiday classics!

The month of December is the perfect time for reviewing the year past, and yet it can dredge up a variety of memories and emotions that need both time and attention. Perhaps there was that breakup earlier in the year. An argument with an old friend that never got resolved. A tough break with an employer. Chronic battles with illness, financial stress, or a disappointment could leave you shaky and emotionally fatigued.

Because many of us receive some time off for the holidays, it’s an excellent opportunity to think about these events and take inventory with how you’re doing. One of the methods that I have recommended to my clients over the years is to try a little music, film, and art therapy (reading lists are reconsidered in June for summertime reading).

For my final blogpost for 2014, here’s my very short list of ideas, songs, films, and artistically-minded activities that may give you the emotional space to do your best thinking and feeling. Thanks to Atta Dawahare for helping me flesh out this idea; perhaps we’ll turn this into an annual post and keep adding more things each year!

We hope you have a Happy, Healthy, and thoughtful Holiday time with family and friends, and a Happy New Year! If you are thinking of starting therapy sessions for the first time and we don’t have room for you on our remaining December schedules, we’ll be back by January 5, 2015.

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    What To Eat to Feel Great

    Food, Mood, Healthy Eating, Mental Wellness, General Health

    The month of November in the United States is the perfect month to think about what you eat on a daily, weekly, and monthly basis. We turn our attention to the national holiday of Thanksgiving, and it isn’t uncommon to hear families planning for the holiday and weekend a month in advance.

    Before I start talking about food, I need to put a few important pieces of information in front of you so that we’re on the same page and I cover my legal responsibilities. I am a Registered Nurse, an20141115_144128_520d not a Registered Dietician (RD). It’s in the scope of my practice as a licensed nurse in the State of Washington to talk generally about diet and nutrition, yet not specifically how to treat an individual’s medical needs through specific diets or meal planning. But I know what a protein, a carb, and a fat calorie is; I know the normal values of electrolytes, and I know how to apply general nutrition information to the general public. Finally, I have taken additional CEU’s (continued education units) as an RN to become an expert in the area of the treatment of Celiac Disease and food intolerances.

    [Translation: we’re going to talk general stuff so I remain compliant under state law to not encroach on the scope and practice of RD’s, yo.]

    Ready? Let’s talk about food!

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      Flu Shot Time

      A public service announcement from Seattle Direct Counseling!

      Protect those you care for. Get your flu vaccine and recommend it to your patients.

      Yo! If you haven’t done so already, it is time to get your flu shot.

      You: “But I don’t get the flu! Why should I get the shot or the nasal version?”

      Me: Because herd immunity helps everyone around you, especially if there are some who cannot safely get the flu vaccine due to allergies to the components of the vaccine, or other chronic conditions.

      You: “But I heard that you can get the flu if you take the vaccine!”

      Me: The nasal version does have attenuated virus (weakened), but they are cold adapted. That means that if you were to show symptoms, it’s not the full on flu. The real flu is NASTY, and while most of us don’t want to talk about it, the flu can and does kill people.* That’s why the vaccine is a good idea every year at about two month’s prior to the time the flu is predicted to hit.

      Typically, the flu season in the Seattle area hits in February, though one year it hit quite early and took everyone by surprise. Healthcare workers in hospitals are usually required to get their flu shots or nasal vaccine by October. I am personally timing mine for November, anticipating that the flu season will be in full-swing by January 2015.

      Please consider getting your vaccine through your employer-based health care program, or by visiting your local drug store. Flu shots should cost about $20, and may be covered by your insurance.

      Go get your flu shot. Thank you in advance!

      *The CDC only posts estimates of the numbers of people who die from the seasonal flu. States are not required to report numbers, so the CDC has a mortality rate based on estimates.

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