Tim Talks: How To Support One Another This Holiday Season

A note from Tine: Welcome to another edition of Tim Talks! For those who are new to Beautyholics Anonymous, Tim Talks is a new series on the blog where my husband, Tim, will be sharing his knowledge to help raise mental health awareness. Tim is a psychiatrist who works in metro Melbourne. His area of interest is child, adolescent and youth.

The holiday season, while a cheerful and festive one for many, can also be a dark one for others. Today, Tim talks about the importance of supporting one another this holiday season.

Tim Talks

The festive season is just around the corner, and for a lot of readers this will be a time of connecting with loved ones, feasting (the word turducken comes to mind, such indulgence), and of course the booze to accompany the hearty meals. Although most will remember and ponder on such fond memories associated with this period, it can equally be a trying period in the domain of relationships. Thinking about the latter, I recount scenes from the film August Osage County, where each verbal exchange at the dinner table felt like daggers that pierced so deep into each family members’ soul, that they stirred resentment and rejection towards each other.

Relationships with our closed ones can be such a blessing, but because of their significance and importance to us, we also tend to have very strong and ambivalent feelings toward them. Unresolved and festering conflicts can resurface, clashing principles and perceptions can drive a wedge further into already volatile relationships. It is no wonder that sometimes we can feel so drained and down after family and special gatherings.

In my experience in public mental health, anecdotally this coincides with an increased rate of admission surrounding and after the festive seasons such as Christmas. Another contributing factor to this trend is the heightened awareness of being alone, the lack of supportive people that one that confide in, sometimes due to the rupture in their relationships. The memories of losing loved ones and the emotions of grief can also be more unbearable at these moments.

I have come up with several general principles that I feel will be helpful to focus on during the festive season. These are not in any particular order of importance.

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The Body Shop Geisha Doll Lip and Cheek Stain That Is Cute As A Button

The Body Shop Geisha Doll Lip and Cheek Stain

Let’s get straight to the point because I’m not about to dilly dally with an introduction to today’s post when all I just want to say is: HOW CUTE IS THIS?!

The Body Shop’s Lip and Cheek Stain has been around for many years. While Benefit’s Benetint made lip and cheek stains even more popular, The Body Shop’s Lip and Cheek Stain has been around even before the Benetint. The original Lip and Cheek Stain looks like this.

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Bloggie Wednesday: Ask Me Anything!

Bloggie Wednesday - Ask Me Anything!

Happy hump day, my beautiful chickadees!

Welcome to the last segment of Bloggie Wednesdays for 2014! It’s been such a tremendous year for the Bloggie Wednesdays series and I’m mighty chuffed that so many of you are still loving it since I started it in 2011.

I’ve been wondering on what I should write about for my final BW post of the year. I had tutorials and some pretty heavy info in mind but decided nah, it’s the holiday season, let’s keep it light and festive by doing an Ask Me Anything! I’ll leave the heavy stuff for 2015, what say you? ;)

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This Estee Lauder Re-Nutriv Ultra Radiance Lifting Creme Makeup Should Have Gone To Mum!

Estee Lauder Re-Nutriv Ultra Radiance Lifting Creme Makeup

Re-Nutriv is like the mac daddy of ranges under the Estee Lauder brand (not the umbrella brand; just Estee Lauder as its own cosmetics brand). It’s targeted towards mature skin and provides rich, intense hydration and “lift” for the skin. My mother has used a number of Re-Nutriv products and she’s quite a fan.

Even though I’m not their target market in terms of skincare (touch wood not yet!), I was quite keen to check out their foundations instead. One of them was the Re-Nutriv Ultra Radiance Lifting Creme Makeup. I was half expecting this foundation to be quite thick and rich on the skin but I’m surprised to find that it’s actually pretty light. I heard on the grapevine that this is a reformulation of the original Re-Nutriv which was actually a lot thicker and creamier. For selfish reasons, I’m happy for the texture of the reformulated foundation as I find that it suits my skin type a lot better. On the other hand, I’m not supposed to be the range’s target users so I reckon a slightly richer formula would suit more mature skin types.

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