My theme for A to Z this year is a wildly different, but very exciting, HERE'S TO YOU all month long. 26 posts to be precise. The most difficult part was narrowing down the 26. All of you deserve your own post. What you will find here is a post by the featured blogger, with traveling music chosen by me that complements said post, and two links. One will link back to the original post and the other to the main page. This year's A to Z is all about making new friends!
I met Michael at ...Michael Di Gesu... ... ... In Time.... over a cup of coffee. Well, not exactly "met," but coffee did bring us together. Did you know that coffee is actually the tie that binds? It's not? Hmm. Maybe I heard that wrong. Anyway, Michael made a trip to Colombia and brought back Grade-A Colombian coffee and then gave some of it away to blogger buddies. And I won some coffee. Yeah, I know that is old news, but it still warms my... tongue.
Moving on... Michael and I began emailing and I discovered what a warm, generous, and caring person he truly is. I feel very blessed that we connected through coffee. He is spending his A to Z time this year helping authors get the word out about their novels. Like I said... very thoughtful.
Cue the traveling music:
COPING WITH THE STRESS AND ANXIETY OF A NEW YEAR... WEIGHT GAIN... AND RESOLUTIONS by Michael Di Gesu (excerpted)
Now that we have all survived the past few months, we may feel like the air has been let out of our tires.
From Halloween we gear up for the holidays. Those of us with children
begin to weave tales of witches, ghosts, pumpkins, goblins, and such.
Sugary sweets in all forms enter the house but usually leave in only one
way ... through our mouths.
Our weather chills and bulky clothes are added to cover any bumps and
bulges we may have attained. This, my friends, is just the beginning ...
as we all know.
Thankfully we still manage to get a run in or go to the gym, but time is
fleeting. Thanksgiving is just around the corner. We begin shopping and
planning menus. So exercise takes a back seat. For some, baking comes
into full blast. But as the holidays approach, more stress is added, and
Christmas is just a blink away.
You see where I'm heading with this, so I will spare you the fattening details.
The bottom line ... A new year.
But with it, we drag in last's years' baggage. How many of you are sad, depressed, anxious? Feel out of sorts? Not yourself?
You are NOT ALONE! MANY, MANY, people experience a major let down after
the holidays. It usually starts when the credit card bills come rolling
in. By this point the happiness buying gifts for loved ones has long
worn off, especially when your kids are no longer playing with their new
X-box or other high end toys.
SO, what do we do to pull ourselves out of this mess? Keep beating
ourselves up? Lock ourselves in and not resurface until spring? Plan
unrealistic and totally unattainable resolutions?
NO. NO. NO.
First, BREATHE. That's right. Stand up. Roll your shoulders. Inhale.
LONG and deep. Hold it for a few seconds, and let it out SLOWLY. Do this
at least five times and several times a day. It's a great stress
Next. Try NOT TO LOOK at all of your situations at once. FOCUS only on
ONE thing at a time. Choose the easiest. Tackle something that will give
you the confidence to move on to a more difficult challenge.
Let's start with your health. Yes, this is hardly an easy one, but,
believe it or not, it doesn't take much to get on the right track to
feel better. Once you feel physically better, you will feel mentally
better, too. Then the rest should fall into place.
I know there are still holiday goodies lurking around your house. They
can be anywhere. Not just in the kitchen. It's time to CLEAN HOUSE.
I literally inhaled two pieces. Not just slivers either.... What did I
do? Well, I Yelled at myself for about thirty seconds and then planned
my counter attack. Quickly I wrapped them up in plastic. Stuffed them
into freezer bags. Then hid them in the freezer along with about a dozen
other things I had baked. LOL. Out of sight ... out of mind.
Then I went to the gym. Yes, even in sub below temps, I trekked through a
foot of snow for a half mile. Okay. You may say I'm insane. But there
are certainly warmer alternatives. Many of us have treadmills, workout
cds, or even stairs. MOVEMENT is the key. Do something for at least a
half an hour and you will not feel guilty and you body will thank you.
As for the other goodies. GET RID OF THEM. And, I don't mean by eating
them. Seriously. So many of us have no will power and while we are in
this fragile state, it's even harder.
Finally I'd like to touch on resolutions. DON'T torture yourself this
way. Goals are a much smarter way to approach the new year. Again, start
small. Then build from there. Whose to say you can't add more goals
throughout the year. Give yourself a break.
And never forget this last bit of advise ...
BE KIND TO YOURSELF.
Do you feel inspired? I do. Michael is gifted with his ability to bring us all back down to earth and remind us just to breathe. And, seriously, be kind to yourself.... go visit his blog!