WellesleyWeston Magazine

WINTER 2016-2017

Launched in 2005, WellesleyWeston Magazine is a quarterly publication tailored to Wellesley and Weston residents and edited to enrich the experience of living in two of Massachusetts' most desirable communities.

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A key component is taking care of yourself. Here are some of the self-care techniques she suggests: n TUNE IN to how much rest you need. Get enough sleep—the average person needs seven to eight hours a night. n PAY ATTENTION to whether you're more comfortable around others or alone. n EXERCISE—it helps regulate the brain. n FOCUS on what you're eating—avoid stress eating. n DRINK RESPONSIBLY. Excessive drinking around the holiday can make you feel much worse. As Casellini says, "Going through grieving is a process not an event … I like to look at it as a stepping stone or a pathway. We don't know how we are taking each step, but when we turn around we are struck by how far we have come." The Rev. Dr. Thomas D. Wintle of First Parish Church in Weston, says his church has offered an event called "Quiet Christmas" since 2003 where they invited people who had lost someone close to them to an evening service around the holidays. This past year, they did the same service on a Sunday morning close to Christmas, and 75 percent of parishioners took part in lighting a candle for a lost loved one. As Wintle says, "You belong to the largest community in the world—those who have lost a loved one." 133 w i n t e r 2 0 1 6 / 2 0 1 7 | W e l l e s l e y W e s t o n M a g a z i n e M E D I A B A K E R Y "Going through grieving is a process not an event."

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