A note from the President
November brings Thanksgiving and the opportunity to offer thanks for our blessings. First, thank you to our outstanding HHH Committee Chairs Alisa Anderson & Tina Pierquet, as well as their awesome Team and the many helping hands & hearts that make this event possible. Ladies, you put together a fantastic event on October 11! Our speaker, Traci Brown, shared tips & techniques on how to strategically use our body language to persuade & influence others as well as tips on how to read other’s body language to determine if they are telling the truth or hiding secrets. We also played a hilarious game of Two Truths and a Lie to see if we could catch the “Liar, Liar, Pants on Fire”! Yes, there were several winners in the group!
November also brings the start of the Holiday season along with shopping, crowds, end of year work deadlines & often extra STRESS. As author Eleanor Brown says “Self-Care is not selfish. You cannot serve from an empty vessel”. So, remember to take time for yourself & perhaps try some of the tips below from www.health.com when you need to relax & de-stress.
Get outdoors—sunlight not only stimulates the production of serotonin, the feel-good chemical, it also helps relieve seasonal affective disorder says Judith Orloff, MD, assistant professor of psychiatry at the University of California, Los Angeles.
Surround yourself with the scent of citrus. Research has shown that certain citrus fragrances alleviate stress & boost feelings of well-being by upping mood boosting hormones.
Turn up the tunes. If you are feeling anxious or overwhelmed, listen to your favorite music. Research from the University of Maryland shows that listening to music you love can relax blood vessels and increase blood flow. This not only calms you down but is good for your heart, too.
Let go of perfection. The world will not fall apart if the house is a bit cluttered or the dishes stay in the dishwasher an extra day. Focus on enjoying the people in your life and as Richard Carlson says with the title of his book “Don’t Sweat the Small Stuff & it’s All Small Stuff..”
Laugh like crazy. Laughing reduces stress hormones, which in turn, helps our immune cells function better, says psychologist Steve Wilson.
“Thanksgiving dinners take eighteen hours to prepare. They are consumed in twelve minutes. Half-times take twelve minutes. This is not coincidence.” Erma Bombeck
See you at the November Luncheon,