Take a moment to enjoy the quotes below reflecting on the upcoming Holiday!
Do the holidays represent celebration or frustration? Consider the ideas below for managing stress this holiday season.
Thinking about making a move next year? Now is the time to begin discussing options - financing and inventory available to buyers; home repairs and staging available for sellers.
We look forward to hearing from you!
Twila C. Glenn, Realtor
Sunada Roberts, SRES, AHWD, Realtor
On the lighter side…
Thanksgiving is an emotional holiday. People travel thousands of miles to be with people they only see once a year. And then discover once a year is way too often.
I celebrated Thanksgiving in an old-fashioned way. I invited everyone in my neighborhood to my house, we had an enormous feast, and then I killed them and took their land.
Thanksgiving is so called because we are all so thankful that it only comes once a year.
My mother is such a lousy cook that Thanksgiving at her house is a time of sorrow.
I love Thanksgiving turkey... it's the only time in Los Angeles that you see natural breasts.
What we're really talking about is a wonderful day set aside on the fourth Thursday of November when no one diets. I mean, why else would they call it Thanksgiving?
Coexistence... what the farmer does with the turkey - until Thanksgiving.
Here I am 5 o'clock in the morning stuffing bread crumbs up a dead bird's butt.
Thanksgiving dinners take eighteen hours to prepare. They are consumed in twelve minutes. Half-times take twelve minutes. This is not coincidence.
An optimist is a person who starts a new diet on Thanksgiving Day.
Food for thought…
Be thankful for what you have; you'll end up having more. If you concentrate on what you don't have, you will never, ever have enough.
If the only prayer you said in your whole life was, "thank you," that would suffice.
As we express our gratitude, we must never forget that the highest appreciation is not to utter words, but to live by them.
John F. Kennedy
There is no better opportunity to receive more than to be thankful for what you already have. Thanksgiving opens the windows of opportunity for ideas to flow your way.
Develop an attitude of gratitude, and give thanks for everything that happens to you, knowing that every step forward is a step toward achieving something bigger and better than your current situation.
Gratitude makes sense of our past, brings peace for today, and creates a vision for tomorrow.
Stress is a fact of life, but it need not be a way of life. There
are many things in life that you can't control, but very few that you can't learn
to manage, including the negative aspects of stress.
The positive aspect of stress is that it can help you concentrate,
focus, and reach peak performance. Many people do their best work when under
moderate pressure. Then, when the challenge has been met, they take time
to relax and enjoy their achievement. This relaxation response enables them to
build up the physical and emotional reserves to meet the next challenge.
Stress becomes negative when you stay uptight and don't - or can't
- relax after meeting the challenge. Too much stress can leave you tired, irritable,
angry, tense, anxious, frustrated and depressed. Chronic, ongoing stress
can lead to emotional problems and physical illness.
The first step to managing stress is to become aware of the things
that cause your stress. Once you realize what causes your stress, try to focus
on how your body feels under stress. "Listen" to your body for signs such
as irritability, headaches, a knot in your stomach, tensed muscles, clenched
teeth, cold or clammy hands, or other symptoms that tell you you are under
stress. There are many potential causes of stress both at home and in the workplace,
and many different bodily reactions to stress. Recognizing what causes your
stress and how your particular body reacts to stress is the first step to finding
solutions to the problem.
The many potential solutions include:
Recognize when your body is telling you it's time to take a break.
Learn any of the wide variety of relaxation techniques such as deep breathing,
stretching, meditation, Yoga, etc.
Improve work habits, such as learning how to manage your time better.
Avoid the circumstances that create stress.
Adjust your priorities; decide what is really most important in your life.
Adopt more realistic career goals.
Resolve not to let yourself be provoked or upset by others' behavior.
Talk out problems with a friend or supervisor.
Go out of your way to improve relationships with family, friends and co-workers.
Develop a healthier or more positive lifestyle with good nutrition and exercise.
Seek professional help.
In some cases, prescribed medications may by beneficial
Religious or spiritual practices (e.g., attending church or synagogue, prayer)
A mental health counselor can help you find and implement the right
solution for your particular problem. If the cause of your stress is not easily
recognized or manageable, you may feel overwhelmed, depressed, or helpless,
as if there is "no way out." If this describes your situation, you may need medical
assistance to help you cope with these feelings.
While there isn't a specific test to diagnose stress, if you are
having problems with symptoms such as headaches, upset stomachs, etc., you should
see your doctor to rule out medical illness. Otherwise, relax, and take one
day at a time. Life can be beautiful if you stop to smell the flowers and admire
yourself. In addition, try to remember...you always have options!
Kids Can Stress-Out, Too
As adults coping with family responsibilities and problems such as
too much work - or too little - it's easy to forget that children also have pressures
in their lives that cause stress. Stressful situations are a normal part
of life - they can help both adults and children learn how to solve problems
and become stronger people. But too much stress can cause problems.
As parents we have to perform a difficult balancing act. On one
hand we need to help buffer children from the effects of too much stress - but
we also need to give them the chance to meet challenges and solve problems
by themselves. Here's some good advice to help ease your child's daily dose of stress:
School means opportunities for learning and making friends. But
it can also mean things to worry about like homework, tests, and worries about
relationships - it's common for children to worry about being liked and accepted
by other children. Parents can help by taking an interest in what happens at
school every day (not just in the classroom, but on the playground too),
by praising their efforts and by encouraging them, and not putting too much pressure
on them to get top grades.
Organized sports can cause real anxiety for some children when there's
a lot of pressure on them to win. Teach children to take part for the sake of
enjoyment - not just to win or please you. Praise their efforts - especially
if they or their team loses.
Encourage children to welcome changes in their lives, rather than
fear them. You can help by providing them with new experiences and activities,
and always giving them your support.
Give children the chance to solve problems for themselves sometimes.
Jumping in and solving problems for them may seem like a caring thing to do (and
sometimes it's the easiest). However, in the long run it makes it harder
for children to learn to solve problems for themselves. Always be there to discuss
solutions with them, and to offer suggestions, and praise them for their
efforts to work things out.
Giving children the chance to do new tasks will help them feel competent
and increase confidence. Make sure the tasks aren't too hard for them, and remember
they're only children - don't expect perfection.
Make sure children have plenty of opportunities to run around and
play - being physically active helps reduce stress. Ball games, skipping, bike
riding, running, jumping, and swimming are all good activities.
Don't forget to allow children time to "daydream" - having free
time for unstructured play or to just sit and think is important for children's emotional growth.
Think about how much television children watch. Do you need to limit
how much they watch and what they watch? Do they have enough time to play, think
and chat to you without the distraction of TV, for instance?
Remember that being a supportive and loving parent who praises children
for their efforts (not just their successes) in all areas of their lives will
help them become better-adjusted and more confident adults.
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