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  Personal Note From Winnis
  Feature Article - Go, Go, Go... On A Break. It's Important!
  Chinese Article - Transition Into College
  Free Training and Announcements - Family Rebuilding Camp
      On Sept 19 & 20 In Fremont
August 26, 2014
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Summer is almost over! Do you feel refreshed and rested after the break, or are you feeling even more stressed out with additional activities, even vacations?

Nowadays everyone is busy and getting stressed. I am shocked and saddened by the news that Robin Williams (the funny guy!) got so depressed that he took his own life at age 63. It motivates me to continue to help people, one person at a time, by the Grace of God.

Have you taken any time for yourself to rest and to re-examine what is important in your life lately? May the feature article, Go, Go, Go... On A Break. It's Important! serve as a reminder for self-care. If you speak Mandarin, I'd love to see you at the Family Rebuilding Camp in September!

Love, Joy and Peace to You!
Featured Article
Go, Go, Go... On A Break. It's Important!

In today's "go, go, go" society, we idealize the pink Energizer Bunny® that beats his drum non-stop. As the battery commercial says, "He keeps going and going and..."

And so do we.

We work long hours, days and weeks without a break. Some employees don't even take advantage of their entire vacation time. Then we pack our non-work hours with more activities.

But taking breaks—whether for a short walk or a long vacation—helps you avoid burnout, improve mental health and reduce the likelihood of stress-related illnesses that sometimes accompanies the "don't stop 'til you drop" attitude. Breaks encourage the discovery of fresh perspectives and new ideas. They are a delicious reward for hard work, a pause that reinvigorates.

If you feel overwhelmed, depleted or under-energized, chances are it's time for you to take a break. These four practices help you renew, recharge and refresh:

Get up and walk or stretch. If you spend most of your day at a computer or stuck in one place, get up and move around for a few minutes several times a day. Try to stretch. Experts continually caution that sedentary people are at increased risk of developing health issues, such as heart disease and Type 2 diabetes.

Also, looking away from a computer screen for even one minute now and then can give your eyes—and mind—a much-needed break. According to the Mayo Clinic, although eyestrain can be annoying, it usually isn't serious and can be relieved by resting your eyes.

On the other hand, if you are running yourself ragged, chasing after kids or keeping up a hectic pace, carving out a half-hour for a nap or some rest and relaxation will do wonders for your body and soul. Even most athletes recognize the importance of resting after intense exercise. It's essential to high-level performance and allows the body to repair and strengthen itself.

Take a day off. When, or even better, before you start dreading getting up in the mornings, take a mental health day every now and then. Do whatever recharges you, whether that's soaking in a bubble bath, reading a book, going for an energizing hike or even having lunch with friends. The idea here is to take a break before you get sick, depressed or feel overwhelmed.

Plan a vacation. Whether you have one week or a month off a year, make sure to take every moment of it. Or if you decide that a "stay-cation" or "play-cation" is your best option, figure out in advance how to make the best of the time you will spend in and around your home or city.

Find rest for your soul. As Christians, we can go to Jesus Christ our Lord and Savior who promised, "Come to me, all you who are weary and burdened, and I will give you rest. Take my yoke upon you and learn from me, for I am gentle and humble in heart, and you will find rest for your souls. For my yoke is easy and my burden is light." (Matthew 11:28-30)

According to Karen Matthews of the University of Pittsburgh's Mind-Body Center, "It is important to engage in multiple leisure activities, both as a way to enjoy life more, but also to potentially have a benefit on health and be a stress reliever."

It's up to you to discover when it's time to take a break from your job, your family responsibility, or whatever your regular routine is. Taking breaks—big or small—helps you remain motivated and excited about your life. You want to be the Energizer Bunny? Take time to recharge!

Author's content used with permission, © Claire Communications

Real Life Story
Transition Into College

Are you facing unknowns that stir up anxiety? Please read my article, Transition Into College, published in July-August 2014 edition Evangel Literature, Inc. here.
Are you ready to invest some time and money in growing yourself so that you can positively affect your family for years to come? If so, don't miss the "Family Rebuilding Camp" offered by the ministry of Herald Family Rebuilding Center (HFRC) on September 19th and 20th (Friday 7:00 to 9:30 pm and Saturday 9:00 am to 9:00 pm) in Fremont.

I will be speaking in Mandarin on four topics: Understanding Self, Managing Emotions, Handling Conflicts, and Communicating Love. After each of my presentations, there will be small-group process time led by trained facilitators.

I hope you will join us by yourself, with your spouse, and/or your friends. Space is limited so please e-mail me or call HFRC at 510-790-3366 for registration info ASAP.
Winnis Chiang Winnis Chiang is Founder of Parenting ABC, an organization dedicated to training and coaching Chinese Christian parents from around the world to make a difference in the lives of children, youth, and young adults. Her passion is fueled by the new life she received when she found Christ in 1989 after her marriage and parenting were no longer working. She specializes in helping Mandarin and Cantonese speaking parents to get along with, enjoy, and influence their American Born Chinese children.

Winnis is also a Licensed Marriage and Family Therapist in private practice in California. She holds a M.A. degree in Marriage, Family and Child Counseling from Western Seminary and a B.Sc. degree in Electrical Engineering and Computer Science from U.C. Berkeley. Her former careers include being a software engineer, development department manager, stay-at-home mom, counselor of kids and teens at public schools, and children's minister.

Winnis and her husband (now a pastor) have been married since 1975 after only three months of dating. They enjoy their son, daughter-in-law, and three grandchildren!

Winnis Chiang, M.A., LMFT


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