SPOTSWOOD, NJ - Holidays are not always festive for many people. The Thanksgiving holiday that moves quickly into December celebrations and New Year's actually causes stress and anxiety issues for a lot of folks. Depression also tends to spike this time of year as some people struggle with seasonal affective disorder when the clocks fall back an hour. Unrealistic holiday expectations, financial concerns, a full social and work calendar as well as family drama often come to a head throughout the holiday season causing excess stress and anxiety.

The Spotswood Public Library is holding a meditation program designed to help people manage their stress and anxiety. Meditation practice has been around for thousands of years and has long been tauted as a way to manage everyday stress. Harvard doctor, Herbert Benson spearheaded the meditation movement in the United States in the 70s and the practice has gained widespread acceptance among doctors and health professionals over the years as a way to combat the negative effects of stress and anxiety on physical and emotional health.

Jim Rose will host the November 14 program, Meditation for a Stress-Free Holiday and Beyond, at the Spotswood Public Library. Rose has been practicing meditation techniques for more than 30 years. Rose will discuss how meditation impacted his life as well as its benefits in reducing stress-related responses, enhancing clarity of thought as well as improving concentration and mental equilibrium.

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Registration is required for Wednesday's meditation program which begins at 6:30 p.m. at the Spotswood Public Library. Registration can be done online at the Spotswood Public Library's website or by telephoning the library at 732-251-1515.

The Spotswood Public Library is located at 548 Main Street.