From the Commander, Council of Kadosh (December, 2014)

posted May 30, 2015, 8:41 PM by San Jose Scottish Rite   [ updated May 30, 2015, 8:42 PM ]
The holidays are upon us – too soon for many of us.  Now begins the year-end craziness - with holiday shopping, Lodge installations and concordant body installations, holiday parties, and all the stresses that come along with these.  The holidays are indeed a festive time, but as the train of time speeds recklessly towards the end of the year, our stress load seems to increase at a rapid pace.  This stress wears down the body and mind, and makes us prone to exhaustion, and more susceptible to illness.  While nothing can completely free us from the inevitable problems of the season, we can do many things to allow us to better cope, and increase our ability to deal with the stress.  
Here are some things you can do to help prevent or alleviate holiday stress:
  • Avoid over-eating – try to pace yourself during meals, and watch those treats like cookies and candy.
  • Drink alcohol only in moderation
  • Try to accomplish tasks, such as shopping, early on, to avoid last minute panic.
  • Exercise – even short walks can increase your overall fitness, and increase your ability to cope with stress
  • Take some alone time – try to find a few minutes each day to sit, alone, away from distractions.  Just close your eyes and breathe slowly and deeply, and try to clear away all the clutter in your mind.  It can do wonders for you.
Another thing that can be helpful, is to spend quality time with friends.  A great place to do that is at the Scottish Rite.  Yes, attending another meeting can actually add to your stress level, but that can be more than relieved, and then some, with the good times we have in our social times.
Please join us at our next stated meeting, and keep coming back.  

Randy Downey, 32°  KCCH
Commander, Council of Kadosh