Tuesday, December 29, 2009

New Year What?

Greetings All:

Has anyone out there made a New Year's Resolution? Has anyone out there broken or laughed at the New Year's Resolution? I do every year.

I no longer make New Year's Resolutions. It just one more then to feel bad about when I don't keep them. However, I do make New Year's Agreements. Yes, Agreements. These Agreements are with myself to be a better person. These Agreements are not necessarily about behavior changes. Mostly, they are about thinking changes.

I agree to be more positive, more forgiving, more understanding, and more creative.

Make a Great Year
Make a new Agreement

Dr. Susan

Tuesday, December 22, 2009

I believe

Greetings All:

Merry Christmas to all

As we review the year or perhaps even our entire life, we come face to face with our belief system. Have we valued our belief system or have we violated it? In most cases the answer is YES to both.

I believe in God, goodness of human beings, peace for the soul, laughter, giving, hugs, humility, integrity, dreams, family, harmony, singing, sharing, being positive and respectful to all.

Enjoy each day and find joy in each day and within yourself.

Make a Great Day
Merry Christmas

Dr. Susan

Tuesday, December 15, 2009

Holiday Stress

Greetings all

I hope you are enjoying this holiday season.

Here are a few ways to reduce some holiday stress:

Be sure to set priorities. Do not overextend. Maybe it is too late for this year. Set some limits and be able to say no - even to people you love.

Plan Ahead: have some cut off dates; after that date things that haven't gotten done will be deferred until next year

Keep it Simple: Do some shopping from home. Keep meals simple and enjoyable. Have others assist in decorating and with food

Stay in Budget: learn to say no to expensive holiday ideas. Choose simple, thoughtful, or useful gifts over elaborate, expensive surprises.

Riding the Emotional Roller Coaster: Be willing to let go of old traditions if they no longer work for your family, and find new ones to do. Do not try to compete with fantasy family gatherings.

Take Care of Yourself: Avoid overindulgence in holiday food, alcohol and caffeine. Think about what the holidays are actually celebrating and stay true to that spirit. Peace and joy can be more than just a department store come-on.

Keep Christ is Christmas. Merry Christmas. May you be blessed with peace and joy this holiday season and always.

Make a Great Day

Dr. Susan

Holiday Stress