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Warm greetings,

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!

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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.

Johnny Carson

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.

Jon Stewart

Thanksgiving is so called because we are all so thankful that it only comes once a year.

P.J. O'Rourke

My mother is such a lousy cook that Thanksgiving at her house is a time of sorrow.

Rita Rudner

I love Thanksgiving turkey... it's the only time in Los Angeles that you see natural breasts.

Arnold Schwarzenegger

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?

Erma Bombeck

Coexistence... what the farmer does with the turkey - until Thanksgiving.

Mike Connolly

Here I am 5 o'clock in the morning stuffing bread crumbs up a dead bird's butt.

Roseanne Barr

Thanksgiving dinners take eighteen hours to prepare. They are consumed in twelve minutes. Half-times take twelve minutes. This is not coincidence.

Erma Bombeck

An optimist is a person who starts a new diet on Thanksgiving Day.

Irv Kupcinet

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.

Oprah Winfrey

If the only prayer you said in your whole life was, "thank you," that would suffice.

Meister Eckhart

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.

Jim Rohn

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.

Brian Tracy

Gratitude makes sense of our past, brings peace for today, and creates a vision for tomorrow.

Melody Beattie

Compiled by Joe Waters
A Few Thoughts on Stress Management
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

2010-11_news2As 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.

2010-11_news3Give 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.




If you have a brokerage relationship with another agency, this is not intended as a solicitation.  All information deemed reliable but not guaranteed.

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