Monday, December 2, 2013
Those who live far away from those they love often fit into this category. People struggling with emotional or financial woes tend to find the holidays overwhelming. Parties, events and get-togethers can be troubling to many people. Instead of feeling joy, they experience Holiday Blues!
There are ways that you can get through this season without feeling stress. Applying some very useful tips is a good way to journey through this holiday time. Preparing for what's ahead is definitely the best way to get ready. Here are a few tips for those who struggle during this time of carols and celebrations:
Limit Party Going
You don't have to go to every party that you're invited to. Pick the top three that really matter. This can allow you a bit of breathing room when so many events are going on at the same time.
Find Simple Gifts
Gift giving can be the culprit behind why people are down during the holidays. Money problems are challenging when it comes to gifts. Simple gifts like a Starbucks gift card can help. You determine the dollar amount. Personal items like pies or cakes can be cheap gifts.
De-stress Your Day
Avoiding the stress of the season will help you! Listen to music, take a walk or a drive during the holidays. Don't let stress make you a scrooge! Dealing with your feelings in a healthy way is wise.
The last tip to avoid Holiday Blues is to smile more! You don't have to have a commercialized season to be involved. A simple smile can be a treat for you and others during this time of year.
Monday, October 7, 2013
I spent 10 days in Europe with my husband, alone. We ventured to Rome to catch our cruise ship, Navigator of the Seas. This Mediterranean cruise was a jazz adventure via Dave Koz. The music was tremendous throughout our 8 days at sail. The talent of the artists was well worth travelling around the world to experience.
But I must say that living outside the box with my husband on our own Amazing Race was the best part. Running from airport to airport and stumbling over the languages was a lot of fun. Once onboard we were still on a terrific adventure. The music, the events and the excursions of the ports.
The beautiful cities of Messina, Mykonos, Athens, Naples and Rome gave us new experiences. For me it was a time to expand my mind and my impression of the world. As a couple it was time to enjoy not having any schedules to meet. Romance and all that jazz! I think that every couple needs to find their own adventure and get-away from it all. It doesn't have to be on the other side of the globe.
It just needs to be meaningful and outside the box!
Friday, August 30, 2013
One of the primary issues of race is that REAL conversations are not going on regularly. People of different races, friends, co-workers and acquaintances often tip-toe around the issue. It's uncomfortable to display sensitivity, especially if you're a minority. Those in the majority tend to feel that there are explosive topics to run away from, which leads to ignoring race.
Years ago we participated in a monthly discussions that focused on race and the difficult topics. The goal of this happy dinner time was to search for ways to reconcile where racial issues are concerned. Each person no matter their race was able to speak and share. This type of conversation is few and far between. I wish we were more brave when it comes to getting to know each other better.
Great Ideas to Steer the Race Conversation:
* Regular Discussion Groups
* Focused Blog Posts
* Mixed Race Dinner Dates
* Online Focus Groups
Wednesday, August 21, 2013
I'm always talking about the Speed of Life in this blog. One of the reasons for the focus is simply because it's true. The speed that we all keep in life makes us very active.
We're working hard to earn a living, take care of responsibilities and various other activities. These things steer our entire week and leave us out of breath by the time the weekend comes.
It's often a habit to anticipate the needs of our families as we maintain our busy schedules. Do we anticipate our own needs as easily? I'm not entire sure that most of us even notice a need (personal) until it's nearly extreme.
Time alone, meditation and relaxation are important. These help us to shut own the world and to just listen. There are physical and emotional needs that each of us has. It's unfair to expect a spouse or loved one to meet these needs when we can't pinpoint them ourselves.
The more that you know about yourself, the more wisdom you gain. We have to target and schedule regular time for ourselves.
Wouldn't it be great to get to know yourself better?
Posted by athelda at 11:17 AM