Health and Wellness

Do You Want Holiday Flow or Holiday Frenzy?

Posted by on Nov 28, 2017 in Connecting with Others, Emotions, Health and Wellness, Stress Tips | 0 comments

 

We all do it…..fill up our plate with extra things to do between Thanksgiving and New Year. There is a long list of fun things that come up on the calendar, as well as honoring our traditions, commitments and gift buying and giving. We bake, we shop, we wrap and we often do some version of sending out cards. We may even throw a party. Some of us double up on these holiday activities if we are also covering our business or workplace with some holiday cheer.

Often, we arrive at the New Year breathless and ready for life to feel ordinary again as we fly into the final stretch hardly enjoying the peace of the winter solstice as a time of going inwards to reflect on the year behind us as we intend what we want in the year ahead of us. Making time for “me time” is critical to maintain your health and sanity.

What if you could do it differently this year? Less stress and overwhelm with more fulfillment and fun. This is what you can put on your list for Santa! Your opportunity to do it differently is to create more space to fit in the extra things that are part of your holiday tradition. You don’t need permission to change up your traditions. If you do need permission to let go of the “should do list” I’m offering it to you now.

Here are some ideas to create more space so you can flow and not push your way through the season. Pushing will make your giving feel resentful and not joyful.

Start with making a list of all the extra things that are coming up before the end of the year. Be realistic when you prioritize your time and energy so you don’t get run down from burning the candle at both ends. Remember, you were already busy before the holidays hit.

  • Prioritize the things you love to do that are energizing. These are the things that you “want to do” that make your heart happy.
  • Honor the commitments that you do each year as part of your tradition that you really don’t enjoy doing. These might be the things that you feel you “should do”
    • Find a new way to do them to make them more fun. Put on holiday music while you work on it.
    • Enlist support to share the task with others so you’re not doing it all yourself. Baking and wrapping as a group effort makes less time.
    • Wrap your gifts using gift bags and not rolls of paper and tape; easy-peasy
    • Stop doing the extra time-takers that don’t add to your holiday joy
  • Balance Holiday giving with Holiday receiving by asking for help and saying yes to others who offer you some help. Remove “No, thanks, I’ve got this” out of your vocabulary! Saying yes to others provides them the opportunity to give to you and feel appreciated. Remember this wisdom; “It’s never too late to delegate!”
  • Break down your to-do list into smaller realistic steps and draw out a timeline to spread tasks to fit into windows of time rather than thinking you need a bigger time frame to get your project done. This is especially helpful if you are stuck in procrastination.
  • Ask yourself seriously, is it time to let this tradition go so you can create more space in your season.
  • Finally, the gift of presence is the best present of all, prioritize your time to really enjoy or touch those who you cherish the most!

 

 

 

 

 

 

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4 Tips to Shift Your Attitude so You Can Feel Lighter

Posted by on Jun 15, 2017 in Connecting with Others, Emotions, Health and Wellness, Stress Tips | 0 comments

 

Our inner dialogue can really pull us into a place of distraction, not being present and feeling stuck in a bad mood. This is like tuning into a radio channel that is playing “Gloomy FM”. This can be very stressful if we desire a different reality but feel like we are stuck inside the reality that is weighing us down. A bad mood derails self-confidence and zaps our motivation.

The one thing we can always change in life is our attitude and how we approach our day. Many things are outside of our control but our attitude is within our freewill to choose how we want to show up. We can stay in a lousy attitude or we can shift out of our negative feelings to lighten up our energy and feel more positive.

Here are 4 tips to adjust your attitude:

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How to Be the Pebble in the Pond that Creates the Ripples

Posted by on Feb 17, 2017 in Connecting with Others, Health and Wellness | 0 comments

 

 

Fear will always show up when we step out of our comfort zone to enter a new space or a bigger space. We feel fear when we are in the unknown. We lack confidence and feel vulnerable when we are on the edge of growth. Yet something is drawing us to make a bigger impact or to be the pebble that is making the ripples in the pond.

 

So if you are a success driven person who wants to make a bigger impact or someone who wants to live life more fully and expansively, you will feel the block of fear. Wanting to create change, yet not knowing how to get past your fear is very stressful. Sometimes it creates a push-pull dynamic that makes you feel stuck. You see your potential and can’t manifest this part of your heart’s desire.

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Taste Tidbits Features Dinner Workshop

Posted by on Feb 16, 2017 in Community, Health and Wellness, Stress Resilience, Stress Tips | 0 comments

 

The February 16, 2017 Taste Tidbits section of the Arizona Foothills Magazine written by Melissa, featured the Stress Mastery Educational Dinner which is scheduled to be held at the True Foods Kitchen at the Biltmore in Phoenix, Arizona.  

Sara Regester will be the featured speaker and will share her presentation titled, Harness Your Stress into Success.  

Tickets are priced at $55 per person, and includes an educational session and a three-course meal consisting of family-style appetizers, entrees, desserts and one cocktail per person. Call True Food Kitchen Biltmore to make your reservation at 602.774.3488 and reference that you’re confirming your spot for the Sara Regester event.

Read the complete article by clicking here!

 

Sara Regester

Directions 4 Wellness

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How to Create a “Sticky” Plan for Sustainable Change

Posted by on Jan 19, 2017 in Emotions, Health and Wellness, SMART Goals, Stress Reduction, Stress Resilience, Transformation | 0 comments

 

You have goals for 2017 and now you find that your motivation to change is waxing and waning. Life is busy and you are distracted from your goals for this year.

Here is the good news, the most successful change happens when you take small, incremental steps and get those locked in before you add to your plan.

The reason that you have failed to sustain your goals for 2017 is not a reflection that you failed but more that your plan has not been “sticky” enough to stack your deck for success.

Eight Tips to create a Sticky Plan:

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Create Resiliency to Reduce Stress

Posted by on Jul 22, 2015 in Health and Wellness | 0 comments

Create Resiliency to Reduce Stress

Create Resiliency to Reduce Stress

We are all so busy. Our to-do list keeps us spread thin. If this is your reality what would motivate you to prioritize your Self higher on your list to prevent burnout and stress related health problems? If you think of your energy resources as your checking account, every time you give your energy to others you are spending from your checking account. If you keep spending without refueling your energy, then you will deplete your checking account and draw from your savings account. Over time you will bankrupt your internal energy resources and wipe yourself out. Every time you engage in activities that bring pleasure, fun and relaxation you are refueling your bank account. You are taking in fuel to restore your energy bank. Prioritizing what really fuels your tank is key to creating resiliency in a busy life. If you explore the values of what really matters to you, you will tap into what can motivate you to shift your priorities to refuel your Self. This is one of the strategies that I can support you with in my stress reduction program to: Reduce your Stress. Create more Success.  

My next workshop is scheduled for July 26, 2015.  Click here for more information.

 

Create Resiliency to Reduce Stress

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