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Holiday stress: It’s not how much stress, but how well you handle it

New research is showing that it is more important to improve the way we respond to stress than it is to try to eliminate stress in our lives. For this reason, yoga, meditation, and breath practices are key to training the nervous system how to respond to the realities of daily life with less stress-inducing reactivity.

Holiday eating myth busters

There are a few holiday eating myths that may prevent you from enjoying some of your favorite holiday foods. Below is some advice that may help you enjoy your holiday favorites without expanding your waist line.

Tips to prevent holiday stress and depression

When stress is at its peak, it’s hard to stop and regroup. Try to prevent stress and depression in the first place, especially if the holidays have taken an emotional toll on you in the past.

Self-care for handling holiday-induced stress

Start every day with a large glass of lukewarm water. Fill your favorite glass with water and drink it slowly, followed by taking some deep breaths into your abdomen. This morning ritual helps keep your body hydrated and relaxed at a time when more-than-usual amounts of alcohol and caffeine (both dehydrators) meet higher-than-usual stress levels.

How to help, updated for Dec. 20

Warming Shelters open; coat donations needed

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How to help, updated for Dec. 20

Warming Shelters open; coat donations needed

Sheriff Log, Dec. 7 to 15

All calls were responded to within the County of Hood River.

Tease photo

FISH Milestone

A significant milestone was reached this week on the construction of the new FISH Food Bank building.

Sports

Sports briefs for Dec. 20

Meadows hosts brewfest, pineapple toss Saturday; Bonneville pool winter sturgeon season set

Local gymnasts bring home state hardware

Representing Hood River on The Dalles-based Riverside Gymnastics Academy lineup at the 2014 Oregon Fall State Championships were young athletes Sophia Riviello, Ava Krentz, Regina Sanchez-Macias, Jacy Johnston and Poppy Miller.

Parker Kennedy leads with 17 in boys’ loss at Gresham

Elevated by a four-game winning streak, the Hood River Valley varsity boys basketball team traveled to Gresham Tuesday to take on the 6A Mt. Hood Conference Gophers (2-2), and although the Eagles finished with a loss, they still have plenty of reason for optimism.

Gorge Life

How to help, updated for Dec. 20

Warming Shelters open; coat donations needed

Advent and Christmas, updated for Dec. 20

Valley Worship Center is hosting a one-hour Christmas Eve service at 6 p.m. on Dec. 24, including the reading of the Christmas story, Christmas caroling and a candlelight ceremony. The church is located at 5780 Hwy 35 in Mt. Hood.

Entertainment Update for Dec. 20

Live Fire Dancing at Solstice; Smiley at Everybody’s Brewing; more

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How to help, updated for Dec. 20

Warming Shelters open; coat donations needed

Advent and Christmas, updated for Dec. 20

Valley Worship Center is hosting a one-hour Christmas Eve service at 6 p.m. on Dec. 24, including the reading of the Christmas story, Christmas caroling and a candlelight ceremony. The church is located at 5780 Hwy 35 in Mt. Hood.

Entertainment Update for Dec. 20

Live Fire Dancing at Solstice; Smiley at Everybody’s Brewing; more