Happy Holidays!

The holiday season is upon us. I love and dread this season at the same time. Although it is one of my favorite times of year, when I think of the preparation it takes to make it through the holidays, my pulse starts to race. Multiple to do lists for grocery shopping and gifts to buy come to mind. Holiday cards to mail, invites to respond to, cookies to bake, gifts to wrap, and family events to juggle. My holiday anxiety is real.
If you are like me and are feeling anxious about the holidays, let me share how I conquer holiday anxiety. Instead of thinking about all I have to do, I shift my focus to all the blessings that I have in my life. Sometimes in the business of life and also in dentistry, I forget to be grateful for what I have. I neglect to slow down and remember the great dental society we have and how our great profession provides us with a good living and a means to enjoy the holiday season. We have the gift to help others, to take away pain and give people a smile. This holiday season when you are feeling anxious, think of all the positives you have in your life and remember to give back to our community members who are not as fortunate as we are. Please consider volunteering with CADF to help someone who needs help with their smile.
I am also grateful when I think of all the countless amazing things happening in our dental society. We are so proud of our Executive Director, Nancy Nisbett, who was inducted into the International College of Dentists at the ADA Meeting in Atlanta. I am amazed with the CADS/CADF Golf Tournament, which raised $46,645 for charitable dental care. I am pleased with the great success of the New Dentist Pub Crawl and their volunteer day at the Austin Animal Shelter. And I am delighted with Membership’s upcoming family fun Trail of Lights event.
During your family celebrations this holiday season, remember to focus on the positives: spending time with friends and love ones, making memories, giving back and most of all being grateful. I wish you and your family a very Happy Holiday!
By Ensy A. Atarod, DDS, MPH
CADS President, 2017-2018