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Coping with the end of the year

Now that 2012 is almost at an end, I wonder what are the lessons for the future?  I notice that increasingly people are feeling stressed in all aspects of their lives.  We have little time to get things done and are being pressured in all directions.   We are often at a snapping point with friends, colleagues and loved ones and perhaps are feeling out of control.  In such an environment, it is becoming difficult to slow down to smell the proverbial roses.

The year of 2012 marked the 100th anniversary of the sinking of the Titanic and, it might seem that from that moment on, the angle of descent into the abyss has only increased. In so many corners of the Earth there is much struggle, bloodshed, and the demonstration of selfishness and inhumanity.  Has the world gone mad? 

This year marks the end of the Mayan Calendar, however that might translate in real terms.  With the pressures that are upon us all, it is sometimes hard not to interpret this as the end of civilisation.  For those who believe the end of the world scenario is as of December 21, my personal advice to you is don’t wait for the Boxing Day sales.

A friend of mine this past Christmas expressed a sentiment that he felt little to celebrate in the big picture of things.  My response to him was to celebrate the small personal victories and the closeness of his immediate family.  If we can celebrate on a micro level, then perhaps that will eventually translate on a macro level.  We cannot change the whole world, but we can change ourselves.  All we can do is set an example and try to lead a life with integrity.

I prefer to think of 2012 as being about new beginnings.  Perhaps we can be encouraged to search for a simpler way of living and, at the same time, walk with a lighter footprint on the Earth. 

Important during these times is get regular treatments of massage therapy, shiatsu, chiropractic, acupuncture, reflexology and reiki.  These are all very grounding and are a way for you to take time-out for yourself.  Don’t forget eat nutritionally well balanced food and to exercise regularly.  These are all ways to effectively deal with the stress in your lives.