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Stress Free Living, Issue #001 -- Managing the Post Holiday Blues
January 06, 2009

A New Year Creates New Beginnings

January 2009 - Issue #001: Managing the Post Holiday Blues

Stress Free Living is all about sharing ideas and focusing on how you can positively impact your own life as well as the lives of others. This is our very first issue and I want to thank each and every subscriber! As and this newsletter evolves, I hope that you will particpate in its creation by sharing your thoughts and ideas.

Happy New Year!

Best Wishes,
Jill R.

"You were not born a winner, and you were not born a loser. You are what you make yourself be." ~ Lou Holtz

Getting Past The Post Holiday Blues

After the Holidays are over, many people experience feelings of depression, anxiety, and stress.

Some people develop these feelings because the parties, family gatherings, and time off work have come to an end. Others experience this simply due to a stressful holiday season.

Whatever your reason, if you are having any symptoms of the post holiday blues, it's time to take action!

Here are my Top 3 tips for dealing with your blues:

  • Put away your holiday decorations as soon as possible. Putting these things away will help your body physically recognize that it's time to move foward. I tend to be horrible about this and the more time that passes, the more anxiety I feel every time I look at my Christmas decorations.
  • Look forward and write your New Years Resolutions. Setting some goals for the New Year will give you something to look forward to, instead of wishing the past could be changed.
  • Get back into your routine as soon as possible. The longer you wait to get back to work, the more difficult it will be. Try not to extend your vacation time. If you've have a regular exercise routine that you've slacked on, get back into it right away. Basically, anything that you associate with your regular, non-holiday life, get back to those activities and regulate your schedule as soon as possible.

If you have some tips you would like to share, Contact Me and let me know!

Happy New Year!

A Double Whammy Resolution

This year, two of my resolutions are to:
  • Find ways to Go Green
  • Be more conscious about the money I spend

What I realized is that some resolutions, like these, can be combined into one, saving me the frustration of keeping track of too many resolutions.

How did I combine these?

One of the quickest and easiest ways to save money by Going Green is to pay attention to what's going on in your house. Surprisingly enough, many items that are plugged into electric outlets are using up energy even when they're not being used. So to save on my energy bill and also save energy for the environment, I went around to each outlet in my home and looked at each item that was plugged in (especially the items that I keep plugged in all the time). Here's what I found:

  • My toaster was using energy! I don't use it all that often, and even if I did, I have no problem plugging it in when I need it and unplugging it afterward. How did I know my toaster was using energy? The little red light that is constantly on to let me know which setting it's on. Cha Ching!
  • Power Strips. Anything that has lights on at all times (such as the power button on a power strip) or is warm to the touch is using energy. I found a power strip full of plug-ins for items we rarely used, of which, one of those items was using unnecessary power (Ouch! A double hit). However, we also had power strips that contained items we do use regularly. Most power strips have special spaces for items that need power at all times. Therefore, even when you turn the power strip off, these select items are still able to get power. For example, we plugged our TV into one of these spaces and are still able to turn our TV on and off while keeping the power strip off (which is easy enough to turn back on when we need to have access to the other things plugged in). Cha Ching!
  • All types of chargers. Anything that is plugged in to charge another thing will constantly use energy. While walking around my house, I found 2 different chargers that were for the sole purpose of re-charging batteries. But those batteries were fully charged long ago, and keeping them plugged in was a waste of energy (and money!). So keep an eye on your battery chargers and unplug them after the item is fully charged. Same thing with any other type of charger. Cell phone chargers, for example, can be using energy even when the cell phone is not plugged into it. I used to keep my charger plugged in at all times, and then I'd simply attach my phone and charge it over night. Now, I take the extra second to plug and unplug the actual charger to the wall each time I need it. Cha Ching!
  • Night Lights.
  • We love night lights at our house, and I thought I was doing the right thing by getting the kind that are light sensitive, meaning, they only come on when the room is dark. But the bad thing about these types of lights is that there is no off switch and if put in the wrong place, they're constantly on. For example, I found one in our foyer. That area of our home is simply for passing through on your way in or on your way out. Since that area has little use, and the over head light is rarely on, our light sensitive night light is on at all times! So I simply unplugged it and repositioned it in our home in a place where it will come in handy without being on at all times. Cha Ching!

These are just a few of the easy ways you can save energy and save yourself a surprising amount of money on your electric bill... which will help in these tough times and relieve some Financial Stress.

What are some of your New Years Resolutions?

Learn how to write stress free New Years Resolutions that will make this the year you follow through! And be sure to reply to this email to share some of your goals for the New Year.

In Case You Missed It...

Interview with Guy Finley - If you haven't already, check out this Exclusive interview with Best Selling Author, Guy Finley. He shares some great insights that will be very beneficial for your stress management toolbox.

When looking through the tons of books and products that Guy has created, I found a gem! His 365 Days To Let Go gift book is the perfect way to start off the new year. It's a beautiful book that has a page dedicated to each day of the year. Those days are filled with inspirations, lessons, and encouragement. It also includes additional insights for each of the four seasons. I plan to keep it on my desk so that on each and every new day this year, I will receive encouragement to continue on my stress management journey.

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Wishing you the very best,

Jill R.

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