10 Tips for Surviving the Holidays with Cheer

For most, the Holidays are associated with hope and optimism, yet statistically, it is the most stressful time of the year. With shopping, deadlines, crowds, endless to-do lists and high expectations, there is often little time to enjoy yourself in the spirit of the holidays. Is it possible to thrive this year, not just survive, and create a wonderful holiday season for yourself and your loved ones? YES! Just follow these 10 easy tips:

1.   Relax! Everything will be “Perfect Enough.” If you’re a perfectionist about the gifts, décor, and food, how can you really enjoy the season? Learn to prioritize and delegate. The Holidays will still be beautiful and memorable, even if you don’t do it all by yourself.

2. Create a budget AND STICK TO IT! Fretting over finances can put a damper on your Holiday cheer. List everything that may cost money this holiday season, then do a reality check. If it’s outside your budget, rethink your list. Remember, if you’re putting it on credit, you can’t afford it.

3. Holiday gatherings are not the time for family problem solving. Keep Peace on Earth, or at least at your family gathering, by avoiding contentious discussions. Talk about important issues before you gather, or wait until after the holidays.

4. Avoid Overindulging. That fourth or fifth sugar cookie or extra glass of eggnog won’t lift your spirits if you are stressed or depressed. If you catch yourself drinking or eating to relieve anxiety or loneliness, take a step back and think about the source of your feelings. Facing your emotions in a healthy way can keep you from overeating.

5.  Give yourself a break. Pause between the endless tasks and holiday crowds to take a few deep, slow breaths, allowing your body to unwind and your mind to clear. Transcend tension while driving by taking a few deep breaths, making sure to exhale completely.

6.  Treat yourself! Give yourself something that makes you really happy this holiday season, and give it early! By “filling your tank,” you will have more of yourself to offer as the holiday season takes over.

7.  Just say NO. Keep your commitments manageable. Avoid stress from holiday overload by saying “no” or canceling things from your calendar.

8.  Avoid people who ruin the Holiday. Set some very specific rules for habitual party-poopers – no heavy drinking or politics, for starters – and be direct, because rude people don’t pick up on subtle cues. Or simply uninvite them.

9.  Exercise the blues away. Exercise and recreation help release endorphins, improving your emotions.

10.  Remember what the Holidays mean to YOU. Are they about traditions? Spending time with family? Having fun? Whatever you decide, hold on to those wonderful memories and use them to build your roadmaps of success for the New Year.

December 7, 2012

What is hypnosis?

Hypnosis is a state of related but focused concentration during which the subconscious mind allows and accepts suggestions for change. Brain scans have recently been used to observe the activity that occurs in the brain, turning hypnosis. These scans are being performed by the medical establishment to explain why hypnosis is so very effective. If you have ever been so focused on TV, a movie or even driving, that you lost all track of and everything else around you, you have been in a state of hypnosis. All types of habits and behaviors can be eliminated, changed or improved through hypnosis. All that is necessary is a sincere desire for change.
Can anyone be hypnotized?
Almost everyone can be hypnotized. However, you must allow yourself to experience gnosis. Because it feels like relaxation, many people do not feel as though they have been hypnotized at all.

Will I lose control in any way during hypnosis?
No. You control whether you enter into hypnosis, which suggestions your subconscious mind accepts, and you also have the ability to bring yourself out of hypnosis anytime you choose. You maintain your free will and will not say or do anything in the gnosis that you would not do in a waking state.

Will I remember what you said during the session?
Most people hear every word that is said by the therapist and remember the content of the session.


Will you make me quack like a duck?

Not unless you want to! In order for suggestions to enter your subconscious mind. They must bypass the “critical factor.” This part of the brain decides whether or not, your subconscious mind will allow that particular thought to become part of your belief system. Therefore, you can only be attached to make the changes that you truly desire.

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