Boost your spirits through the holidays and beyond

Slow, mellow music can help the mind shift into a lower gear and has even been shown to influence the body’s physical state such as reducing blood pressure, pulse and heart rates. Valley News/Courtesy photo
Family Features Special to Valley News Stress and anxiety are all too familiar to many Americans, this year especially, and the added pressure of the holiday season may provide a new set of challenges. Practicing self-care and nurturing your mental health can help you navigate these potentially isolating times, especially if you’re tackling this season single. With so many other demands in life, taking care of yourself, including your emotional and mental well-being, may not always be at the top of your list. Putting more emphasis on yourself and your needs, however, can be achieved in small, measurable ways and may not only help boost your spirits but can affect your approach to dating, too. “We believe happy and healthy relationships start with happy and healthy individua
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