Friday, November 29, 2013

Surviving and Thriving the Holidays!

Wow. It has been a while. It has been a busy year and  as most of you know we need to pace ourselves.

November RSD Awareness month was a huge success.  There were hundreds of events all over the country to bring Reflex Sympathetic Dystrophy aka Complex Regional Pain Syndrome into the public eye. The Power of Pain Foundation did an amazing job at spreading out and involving communities in an effort to provide information to the general public about this condition.

On to the reason for the post: 


The holidays are approaching fast. Everyone is suppose to be happy........Really?

I think the holidays are hard for many people. Family relationships are magnified; they never live up to our expectations. Lost relationships are mourned.

Here are my Top 10 Tips for Surviving and Thriving the Holiday

1. Don't over do. Let people help you. No one expects perfection! (except maybe you)

2. Spend you time with people you enjoy. Don't waste your time with people because you
    feel "obligated" to visit because it's the holidays.

3,  Now is NOT the time to go on a diet, quit smoking or otherwise deprive yourself

4. Don't overspend! Many of us, including me, live on a fixed income.
    How about instead of stretching your budget for expensive gifts, give the best...

Give of yourself!  No matter how broke, sick or down we are, they is ALWAYS someone out there who is going through an even worse time. Be a friend; a support system; a mentor.

5.  Don't watch the news...it can be depressing

That was the Surviving..Now for the Thriving.......

6. Laugh
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10. Laugh

Hope all of you have a wonderful holiday season. Merry Christmas

And, don't forget to stop by my radio show, Living With Hope. Lots of great guests and always laughter! Just click on the link Mondays @4pm pac and Friday's @9am pacific


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