for Holiday Stress
of us approach the winter holidays with such high expectations
that our spirits – which are supposed to be buoyant – quickly
become saddled with stress and disappointment.
cling to idealized visions: families uniting in friction-free
camaraderie; children behaving like angels; everyone loving
the “perfect” gifts we selected; friends gazing with amazement
at the culinary masterpiece before them on the dinner table.
perfect images are fostered by the media and popular culture,
or by our limited perceptions as reality,” said Thomas
Stanger (Counseling and Consultation Services). “Everyone
else appears to be happy, when in fact we are unlikely to
see into others’ private space where they may be feeling sad.
to live up to the promise of the holidays not only saps our
energy and resources – the gap between the ideal and the real
may lead to holiday blues rather than holiday cheer.” Full
on a Related Note … Healthy Holiday
average American usually gains about five pounds between Thanksgiving
and early January, according to the Duke Diet and Fitness
Center. But Mohey Mowafy (HPER) says it is
possible to maintain weight and come out of the holidays without
feeling as stuffed as a turkey with blood as “rich” as eggnog.
lived in this lovely place for nearly three decades, I have
become familiar with our ritual of living the days and nights
between Thanksgiving and the New Year as one perpetual party
celebrated with food, drinks and friends,” Mowafy said.
honestly, I would not want it any other way, but I also know
that many end up having to deal with the wrath of food hangover,
cloths that no longer fit, and pressing or depressing wishes
of going on a diet, which may indeed lower their weight but
will also add another stressor.”
offers a few simple guidelines for reasonable, sane, delightful,
and healthy holiday eating. Full
NMU faculty and staff,
a number of years we have had holiday celebrations as a way
of thanking you for all that you do for Northern. This year,
after consulting with a number of people, we have decided
not to have divisional parties.
there is much to celebrate. Our enrollment is nearing an all-time
high, our students are some of the highest quality in the
history of NMU, and we continue to receive state, national
and international recognition for what we do.
the three division leaders, we are thankful to work with people
who care about our students, our institution and each other.
Each day your effort to teach and serve Northern students
– present, past and future – is inspiring, a gift to those
whose lives you touch.
greetings to you and your family. Enjoy the semester break.
And let’s all ask Santa for a happy new year – one with a
few less financial challenges.
Roy, President’s Division
Joyal, Academic Affairs Division
Leach, Finance and Administration