Part of what makes the holidays so special is being around family, experiencing the joy of giving, the indulgence of special food and drink, and the fun of holiday parties. It's super OK to dive into all of it, we've just got to remember ways to come up for air.
Photo Courtesy: Tania Leskovar-Owens. I love the holidays. I do. Yet with all the bustle between holiday-shopping-parties-school functions and ...
We are creating a generation of kids who are folding under the pressure. After all, by definition, most people who take part in competitions lose. As the testing starts earlier, this also makes for divided classrooms. Children who don't do well right away tend to write themselves off early on.
The good memories we create now will warm our hearts through the bitter winter, and the possibilities for creating such experiences throughout the year are only limited by our imaginations. This is the time to establish habits that enrich our lives, and the world, every single day.
Over the past few weeks, my clients and I have thought a lot about navigating family disappointments, anticipating loneliness, and making wise plans. To truly find thanks, we need to consider more than pumpkin pie recipes and holiday sales.
As I sat waiting to be called in I thought about Thanksgiving, its origins and about how lucky I am. My life like most has challenges, yet I pride myself on virtually never complaining. Then I had an aha moment.
While Thanksgiving reminds us to be grateful for all the blessings already in our lives, it's much more than a dinner. What if you felt grateful for life itself, and for the in-your-face miracle of waking up another day? Shift your perspective -- your gratitude will grow.
The end of the year brings family gatherings, parties, and hopefully some reflection. Like many people at the end of the year, I write a list of New Year's Resolutions. This is something I look forward to every year and always with great enthusiasm. Often, this involves a lot of cutting and pasting from the previous year: Talk on the phone instead of text, read more, workout more, learn to cook, lose five pounds ... the usual.
Our senses -- touch, smell, taste, seeing, hearing, and intuition -- are how we experience ourselves and others. When we are stressed, we lose access to our senses, and therefore lose our ability to connect intimately, and our partners may give up in frustration.
It's up to us to remember why it excited us, and to ask ourselves if it still does. It's up to us to ask ourselves how we can make it fun again, perhaps in a new way. And then it's up to us to do it.
Making the experience of the holidays different starts with an intention -- the decision to approach it differently. This year, you and your resiliency are at the wheel.
So, don't get stuck in your trap. Set goals. Live intentionally. Take control of how your life unfolds. Even having a little more courage in your daily life can turn into huge changes later on.
We know our kids want our help and we want to help them. The challenge is bridging the gap in communication so we're able to reach them when they need it most. How do you get your child to open up to you in times of stress?
In these chippy moments, it's easy to let the negative vibes take over and fall into a pattern of fatigue-and-frustration-induced nagging, yelling, and complaining guaranteed to create enough drama to ruin dinner and probably the day.
Your goal is to shift how you perceive and react to a button-pushing person. To do that, you need to replace the negative-seeking lens through which you view this person for a positive one.
Today, people talk freely about their adrenal glands being shot or fatigued, and there is growing industry of supplements called adrenal tonics. Meanwhile, conventional doctors claim there is no such thing as adrenal fatigue.