Tuesday, November 20, 2007

10 Tips for Reducing Holiday Stress

I've just posted a new podcast at http://blog.spiritualcoachingcenter.com/ where I give 10 tips to help you keep a positive attitude and stay in a light, happy, uplifted state of mind during this holiday season. These tips come from my own experience and from the collected wisdom of the people who participated in my recent holiday stress survey.

A Reader's Digest version of the tips are:
  1. Stress happens in the mind. Monitor your thoughts and feelings to stay light, happy, and uplifted during the holidays
  2. In all the busy-ness, if the activity energizes you, do it. If it doesn't, don't do it. If it just HAS to be done, deligate it
  3. Respect yourself - set boundaries and limits on your finances and on your time spent in tense family situations
  4. Ask people what they want for a gift, or if you don't feel comfortable with that, listen to your heart for guidance on what to purchase (within your budget!)
  5. Family gatherings are not the time to solve long-standing issues or conduct group therapy sessions, so don't go there!
  6. If you can't be with family because of divorce or long-distances, let them know you love them. If they've passed on, celebrate their life & share the good memories. If you're single, find a way to be of service to others less fortunate than you
  7. Let go of perfectionism and the idealized "Norman Rockwell" Christmas. Stay connected to what the season is really all about.
  8. Expect the crowds to be there. That's just the way it is. Spread happy vibrations wherever you go instead of being frustrated.
  9. Give yourself a gift!
  10. Take care of yourself - physically, mentally, emotionally, spiritually
Here's to continuing the Journey... and staying light, happy, uplifted and stress free!


Saturday, November 17, 2007

New Podcast at Spiritual Coaching Center

I've just started putting my ezine, Create a Happy 'Tude online as an mp3. Check it out at my new blogcast: www.blog.spiritualcoachingcenter.com and let me know what you think.

I'll be putting other podcasts up occassionally. Next one planned is Tips for Reducing Holiday Stress.... coming Tuesday, November 20.

Here's to continuing the Journey... and exploring new ways to communicate!