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Reducing Holiday Stress: Say “No” to Get to “Yes,” Plus 2 Days Left   Leave a comment

Dear Friends,

Do you find it easy to say “Yes,” to others’ requests, but hard to say “Yes” to yourself?

Do you have a vision or intention for how to spend your holidays, but get hijacked by requests that you have a hard time saying “No” to?

The holidays can be a time of joy and cheer, as well as elicit feelings of stress and pressure.

While we may enjoy all that the holidays offer as we attend parties and other events; decorate our homes; shop for special gifts; visit friends and travel to see relatives and; make our favorite holiday recipes, among other festivities, we can also feel stretched and experience a strain on our time, energy, and financial reserves.

We may rationalize our decision to forgo our own needs, because we don’t want to offend our friends and family members, or risk disapproval from those we love or value.

But saying “No” provides an opportunity for others to grow, and care for themselves, and respect your personal needs.

Here are seven tips, and related questions, to help you gain clarity and take care of yourself this holiday season:

1. Take Inventory

– When are you saying “Yes” when you would rather say “No?”

– Are there particular circumstances or people who present a challenge?

2.  Be Mindful

– How does it feel in your body when you say “Yes” instead of “No?”

– Pay attention to stress and tension.

3.  Is what you fear will happen really true?

– How do you know?

– Is what you’re afraid of happening absolutely true?

– Regardless of what has happened in the past, this is a new moment.

– How can you take care of yourself if what you’re afraid of actually happens?

4.  What is saying “Yes” costing you?

– Are you tired and forfeiting rest?

– Do you have the financial resources to travel or buy expensive presents?

– Do you want to attend the events you’ve been invited to, or go out of obligation and later feel angry or resentful?

– What other costs might there be?

5.  Are you willing to pay the price?

– If you’re answer is “Yes,” do so with awareness. What will the payoffs be?

– If your answer is “No,” what could you do instead” (See #6 below)

6.  Saying “No” takes practice

– If you’re feeling nervous about expressing yourself, you may find it helpful to write down what it is you want to say.

– Then practice with a friend, a coach, or even in the mirror!

7.  Moving Forward

– What qualities do you need to grow inside yourself in order to feel comfortable setting healthy boundaries?

– Reflect on a time you were presented with a challenge and took care of yourself by setting a healthy boundary.

– Notice how the positive sensations feel in your body, and let the feelings flow through you.

– You can also think about how you felt – perhaps you felt a sense of confidence, or felt secure or empowered.

– Let the good feelings soak in as you stay with the experience for five to 20 seconds.

As always, I would love to hear from you.

With love,

Theresa

If you found today’s post helpful, please comment and share.

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Theresa’s TNT (Tip ‘N Tool): Create More Time To The Things You Love   Leave a comment

As a Reconnective Healer and Life Coach, three things I often hear people talk about are their needs for more energy, time and sleep. Do you resonate?

One way to increase your energy is by letting go of what drains you. Ironically, we often turn to those very things – TV, food, sugar, alcohol, (can you name a few others?) to give us a boost or to help us relax. Hmmm….time for a dose of more effective medicine!

This simple change may not be easy, but it will help to improve your energy, brighten your mood and create more time to do the things that are important to you, but first, you must be willing to get off the couch! Ready? Take a breath! Here it comes! Can you guess?

Remove the Tube!

You might be ahead of me on this one. I have to admit, I am sucker for TV. I like watching the News Hour and have a few favorite shows (no, not all on PBS!). If you have resistance to removing your tube, or aren’t sure what you’ll replace it with, here’s a little story to encourage you!

Some years ago, I took a 12-week course called The 4 T Prosperity Program (Tithe Your Time, Talents and Treasure); a spiritual class created by Stretton Smith to help his students create greater joy and prosperity in their lives. I took the course at Sacred Center with August Gold, the church’s minister, who insisted on adding a little something extra of her own to the syllabus: a 12-week requirement to “turn the volume down,” by reducing our exposure to the news, and  unplugging the television. Whew! The resistance in the room was palpable!  After all, what would one do to relax and “tune out?”

Although I cheated to watch the Obama-Clinton debates (the class took place during the primaries), I stepped up and met the challenge! Much to my delight, I noticed several unexpected changes: I slept better (no late night TV interfering with my dream time!), felt happier when I woke, began a photo project I had been neglecting, and made connections with friends I hadn’t previously had time for. In essence, my life began to improve.  And yours can, too!

You may not be ready to remove the tube permanently, but why not experiment for the next week or two? Try replacing your viewing time with something more fun and satisfying. Like that class you’ve been meaning to take, the book you’ve been wanting to read, the project that’s been sitting on your shelf, or an activity that would increase your sense of joy and prosperity. And remember, prosperity isn’t just about money!

To join in the experiment, click on “Comments,” located next to the blog title, and let me know what you choose to substitute in place of the tube, then come back next week to share your results.

As always, I would love to hear your comments.

Click on the “Leave a Comment” tab at the top of the page to share them.

Want to create more time to do the things you love?

Email Theresa@reconnecting2you.com to schedule a free 30-minute consultation. It would be my pleasure to speak with you.

Theresa Conti is a Certified Life Coach, Reconnective Healing® Practitioner and Workshop Facilitator with more than 25 years experience. Theresa specializes in helping her clients manage their stress, realize their dreams, and create healthier, happier, more fulfilling lives.  To learn more, visit Theresa’s website or email her at Theresa@reconnecting2you.com

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10 Steps to Increase Your Prosperity   Leave a comment

Preamble

Today is a day of celebration, as it marks my 61st birthday! There was a time in my life when I felt a need to keep my age secret (a conditioned response based on cultural values), but why hide it? I feel great, am pursuing my dreams, and have a wealth of energy.

My dreams are coming true! Three of my poems were just selected for a Poetry Magazine, and I am planning my next trip to Italy!

If you have dreams you’re longing to pursue, or would like to discover what they are, then please join me on April 26 for a free teleseminar, called…

Reclaim Your Dreams: Create More Time to Do the Things You Love!

For more information and to register, click here 

I look forward to seeing you there!

“There were times my pants were so thin I could sit on a dime
and tell if it were heads or tails.”

– Spencer Tracy

What a great reminder! Although there was a time in his life when he struggled financially, Spencer Tracy held on to his dreams and went on to become an Academy Award winning actor, known for his roles in Boys Town, Inherit the Wind, and Guess Who’s Coming to Dinner, among others. If Spencer Tracy can do it so can we! And chances are, we have thicker pants than he did!

Here are 10 Steps to Increase Your Prosperity. I can’t say I practice them all, all of the time, but it’s progress, not perfection. What I do know is that each step, each action, each intention brings us that much closer to demonstrating prosperity – in all of our affairs – not just financially, but in our relationships, our health, our creative expression, our work and through the dreams we wish to fulfill.

Try them out. Experiment. Not for a day or a week, but make them a part of your daily practice. You may see immediate results and/or increase your prosperity over time. While I don’t know what your process will be, what I do know is that as we expand our prosperity consciousness,  there is a corresponding law that must respond.  Like gravity, it is a law of nature.

Here they are. As always, I would love to hear about your experience!

10 Steps to Increase Your Prosperity

1)  Prosperity is everywhere.The more we recognize it, the more we will see and experience it.
2)  The more we broaden our definition of prosperity, the richer our lives will become.
3)  The only thing we lack in experiencing greater prosperity is the imagination and courage to
create our lives as we desire them to be.
4)  Say “no” to negativity. Let your mind be focused on thoughts of well-being.
5)  Take time everyday to recognize and acknowledge what’s beautiful.
6)  Giving enhances our sense of abundance. To increase your prosperity, tithe your time,
talents and treasure.
7)  Treat yourself to something that makes you feel cherished and special at least
once a week.
8)  When in doubt “don’t.” Take a break and do something else instead. Trust that what you
need to know or do will reveal itself to you at the proper time.
9)  Have a grateful heart. Write down five things that you are grateful for every day. What you
appreciate appreciates.
10) Live your life authentically. Be yourself, not who someone else wishes you to be.

If you have dreams you would like to fulfill or renew, then I please join me on April 26th for a free teleseminar called…

“Reclaim Your Dreams: Create More Time to Do the Things You Love!”

This fun, inspiring program will help you to reconnect to your heart’s desires and set you on the path to achieve them!

One lucky winner present on the call with receive a free 90-Minute Discovery Session! (Value $225)

Have friends who might be interested?  Post on Facebook and other social media and
invite your friends to join you.

Register with a friend, and you will each receive a free copy of my e-book, “Tips & Tools for Living a Stress Free Life.”

The event will be recorded. A link will be sent to registrants following the program

For more information and to register, click here

Theresa Conti is a Certified Life Coach and Reconnective Healing Practitioner with more than 25 years experience in the healing field.  She specializes in helping her clients manage their stress and create greater health, happiness and fulfillment in their lives. For special offers and announcements, email Theresa and ask to be placed on her mailing list.

Website: www.reconnecting2you.com

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To listen to my radio interview  “Make Room for the New and Create A Life You Love,” on Mind-Body-Spirit…Living a Holistic Life, click below.

http://www.voiceamerica.com/episode/75601/make-room-for-the-new-and-create-a-life-you-love

 

 

 

 

 

 

How to Live a Balanced Life: A Road Map to Happiness   Leave a comment

Preamble

Much of our dissatisfaction in life stems from spending too much energy in one or two areas of our lives, and not enough in others. As a result, we often feel angry, tired, lonely, frustrated and out of balance. But, there are solutions! To register for my free teleseminar: Reclaim Your Dreams: Create More Time To Do The Things You Love!,” check out the Announcements section.

For a little weekday inspiration, connect with me on Facebook, where I share weekly tips and tools, words of inspiration, and more. Just click the “Like me on Facebook” button to view and add your comments. Once on the page, be sure to click “Like” on the upper right hand corner of the page to receive the posts.

I look forward to seeing you there!

“Whatever is the thing that brings joy to your soul  you should do, whether anyone likes it or not.”

-Raymond Charles Barker

We all need a sense of balance in our lives.  It is what keeps us young and living healthy, happy and fulfilling lives. Yet, in today’s busy world, we may be pulled in multiple directions and put our own needs on hold.

Relationships with our families, friends, co-workers and communities are important and valuable. They provide a sense of belonging, and fill our needs for connection and contribution. However, when under stress, we may feel overwhelmed by our commitments and obligations, and maintaining balance may seem like a daunting task.

Yet, our dreams and goals are important and deserve our time and attention. They provide the fuel to keep us going and serve to make us whole. Our dreams enrich our lives, bring blessings to others, and strengthen our meaning and purpose. Should you put your dreams on hold, believe they are out of reach, or not know what they are, you can rest assured that they exist and are closer than you think.

Identifying Your Desires

Years ago, I did an exercise from What Color is Your Parachute, by Richard Nelson Bolles. The exercise entailed making a list of everything I enjoyed doing as a child. I used the exercise to help me define my career path, but the concept can be used to clarify your goals and dreams, as well. As for me, the very things that lit me up as a child, such as dancing, listening to and supporting others, travel and writing are the elements that have shaped my life today.

Want to identify what lights you up? Take out your pen and paper, and see what you discover!

As always, I would love to hear your comments! Just click on the “Comments” tab next to the blog title.

With love,

Theresa

Announcements:  Free Teleseminar

Join me on Saturday, April 26th for my free teleseminar, “Reclaim Your Dreams: Create More Time To Do The Things You Love!” 

This experiential teleseminar will help you to:

  • Identify what you need to live a more joyful and balanced life
  • Discover the beliefs that have kept you from achieving your visions and  goals
  • Reclaim your heart’s desires and weave them back into your life
  • Determine what you would most like to accomplish in the next 3 to 6 months
  • Create an action plan to achieve it

Date:  April 26, 2014
Time:  12:00 p.m. – 1:20 p.m. EDT (Eastern Daylight Time)

Special Note! Someone present on the call will receive a free 90-minute Discovery Session! Valued at $225.

A link to register will be coming soon. In the meantime, email me at Theresa@reconnecting2you.com to hold your place.

***The teleseminar will be recorded and available for replay. A link will be sent to registrants following the program. 

The teleseminar is free. Dial-in numbers will be provided for your particular country upon registration. Local long distance charges may be applied by your local carrier.

Theresa Conti is a Certified Life Coach and Reconnective Healing Practitioner with more than 25 years experience in the healing field.  She specializes in helping her clients manage their stress and create greater health, happiness and fulfillment in their lives. For special offers and announcements, email Theresa and ask to be placed on her mailing list.

Website: www.reconnecting2you.com

Find and Like us on Facebook at: www.facebook.com/Reconnecting2you

Find us on Yelp:  http://www.yelp.com/biz/reconnecting2you-manhattan#query:Theresa%20Conti

To listen to my radio interview  “Make Room for the New and Create A Life You Love,” on Mind-Body-Spirit…Living a Holistic Life, click below.

http://www.voiceamerica.com/episode/75601/make-room-for-the-new-and-create-a-life-you-love

 

  


Create More Time to Do the Things You Love   2 comments

As a Reconnective Healer and Life Coach, three things I often hear people talk about are their needs for more energy, time and sleep. Do you resonate?

One way to increase your energy is by letting go of what drains you. Ironically, we often turn to those very things – TV, food, sugar, alcohol, (can you name a few others?) to give us a boost or to help us relax. Hmmm….time for a dose of more effective dose of medicine!

This simple change may not be easy, but it will help to improve your energy, brighten your mood and create more time to do the things that are important to you, but first, you must be willing to get off the couch! Ready? Take a breath! Here it comes! Can you guess?

Remove the Tube!

You might be ahead of me on this one. I have to admit, I am sucker for TV. I like watching the News Hour and have a few favorite shows (no, not all on PBS!). If you have resistance to removing your tube, or aren’t sure what you’ll replace it with, here’s a little story to encourage you!

Some years ago, I took a 12-week course called The 4 T Prosperity Program (Tithe Your Time, Talents and Treasure); a spiritual class created by Stretton Smith to help his students create greater joy and prosperity in their lives. I took the course at Sacred Center with August Gold, the church’s minister, who insisted on adding a little something extra of her own to the syllabus: a 12-week requirement to “turn the volume down,” by reducing our exposure to the news, and  unplugging the television. Whew! The resistance in the room was palpable!  After all, what would one do?

Although I cheated to watch the Obama-Clinton debates (the class took place during the primaries), I stepped up and met the challenge! Much to my delight, I noticed several unexpected changes: I slept better (no late night TV interfering with my dream time!), felt happier when I woke, began a photo project I had been neglecting, and made connections with friends I hadn’t previously had time for. In essence, my life began to improve.  And yours can, too!

You may not be ready to remove the tube permanently, but why not experiment for the next week or two? Try replacing your viewing time with something more fun and satisfying. Like that class you’ve been meaning to take, the book you’ve been wanting to read, the project that’s been sitting on your shelf, or an activity that would increase your sense of joy and prosperity. And remember, prosperity isn’t just about money!

To join in the experiment, click on “Comments,” located next to the blog title, and let me know what you choose to substitute in place of the tube, then come back next week to share your results!

Theresa Conti is a Reconnective Healing® Practitioner, Certified Life Coach and Workshop Presenter with more than 25 years experience in the healing field. She is the author of “I Am the Treasure,” a book of inspirational poetry, and “Harvest Your Light,” a guided meditation program. Theresa specializes in helping her clients manage stress, break through blocks,, and create a life they love. For more information, visit Theresa’s website.

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