Health Matters

Let’s face it: we live in very stressful times. Whether it is the economy, our jobs, inclement weather, our health, the health of loved ones, or even our pets, anxiety can present in many different ways and forms. This time of year, anxiety may be more present for individuals, as well as worse than what one normally experiences. 

In 1991, I was asked by a university to speak on the subject of sexual harassment. It was a topic that emerged from the nomination of Clarence Thomas to the Supreme Court by President George H.W. Bush. After his nomination, Anita Hill, a former employee of his, came forward citing numerous examples of ways he had sexually harassed her. There were hearings and she testified. In the end, he was appointed. 

Four themes commonly surface this time of year: 

  • Concern about spending money. 
  • Regret about certain rituals. 
  • Interest in avoiding a holiday party. 
  • Stress that results from determining how to divide the celebrations for divided families. 

Money Matters
I have found that the discussion about money begins in November as the anticipation begins. There is talk about the number of people where a gift is necessary or desirable to buy. 

 

The fall season initiates a time of cooler temperatures, shorter days and longer nights that can cause deleterious moods for some. This is no reason for concern since there are many natural interventions that may improve one’s mood, sleep and energy. 

 

November is a transition month in Alameda. Warm sunny days may be punctuated by rainstorms, but the nights are cooling down. Plant growth is slowing down and planting begins now for late winter or spring harvests. Here are some things Alamedans might want to do in vegetable gardens during November. 

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