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Is Your Holiday Worry Quotient at 100%?

The Holiday Season is meant to be a joyous time, but more often than not the stress takes over and we can’t wait for the holidays to be over.  Does this resonate?  You probably don’t even realize your worry quotient jumped up.

My carefree friends, who think I am crazy when I say this, never worry.  And, I mean “never” worry.  Over the years I have observed them and begged them to give me their secrets to this serenity over the holiday season.

It comes back to one basic concept.  If you can’t control a situation, let it go.  Letting go takes a lot of practice.  I continuously work on not worrying and have noticed a difference starting to take effect.

As soon as I have a worrying thought, I immediately say to myself “change.”  And, my husband will also say “change” when he hears me worrying out loud.  I immediately ask myself one question.  “Do I have control over the situation?”  If the answer is “no,” I stop worrying. (most of the time)

Here is an exercise from my book,  Journal Your Way to Retirement, as it relates to worrying.  You can utilize this throughout your life.

Steps to a Better Holiday Season

You may feel you don’t have time for this right now.  I get it.  Just work on one thing at a time.

What is it that worries you?  Make a list of the issues you are worried about around the holiday season.

Next to each worry, write whether you have any control over the situation.

(I estimate that 40% of the list is beyond your control.) 

If you do have some control, highlight that issue for further thought.  Gather all the facts.  What are possible action steps? What would be the outcome for each action step?  Would it be positive?  Evaluate if you can take that action step. 

This is a great YouTube video on reprogramming your brain not to worry. Reprogram Your Brain With Dr. Dispenza

Have a fantastic Holiday Season and Happy New Year.

Joan Marie

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My long career as a CPA and Certified Financial Planner has kept me locked into numbers for a long time. But, over those years, I have come to understand the power of journaling or writing ideas and thoughts on paper. My hope is for one of these books to resonate with you and to provide you the tools to get what you want in life.

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