Holidays

Dec
12
2017

Stress is very common in today’s busy world. Between long to-do lists, managing daily expenses and juggling multiple roles we play in our lives, it is no surprise that stress consumes Americans.

In addition to traversing a turbulent year of fires, hurricanes and governmental chaos, which now leads us to the holiday season? Sigh…

According to the 2017 Stress in America survey, nearly two-thirds of Americans (63 percent) say the future of the nation is a very or somewhat significant source of stress, slightly more than perennial stressors like money (62 percent) and work (61 percent), according to the American Psychological Association’s report, “Stress in America™: The State of Our Nation.”

Clearly, the unprecedented occurrences that have taken place over this year has erupted several social, economic, health and sustainability issues threatening the health and well-being of our nation. Fifty-nine percent of Americans feel we have reached the lowest point in U.S history, spanning every generation, including those who have lived through WW II, the Vietnam War, the Cuban missile crisis and September 11 terrorist attacks.

  • Most adults do not believe they’re doing a good job managing the demands of life. The good news is that stress and anxiety are highly manageable; however, there are several myths related to stress as well as realistic de-stressors. By proactively managing your stress and dealing with anxiety, you can begin to intentionally create meaning and pleasure in your life and work toward a lifestyle that has you feeling excited about the holidays and New Year to come!

Take note to common myths and de-stressors to improve well-being.

  • Don’t wait for a rare opportunity to meet with friends once a year.
  • Do create more realistic ways in which to spend quality time with friends more often.
  • Don’t buy a gift to fulfill an expectation.
  • Do buy or create a personal memento that depicts meaning, purpose and pleasure.
  • Don’t forfeit your vacation days until the end of the year.
  • Do schedule vacations and commit to taking all of your vacation days to rest and enjoy life outside of your job throughout the year.
  • Don’t linger in old patterns that stunt your potential.
  • Do choose to focus on what brings you closer to your desires by going beyond your comfort zone and try something new.
  • Don’t use holiday food and alcohol as an excuse to cope with your anxiety and stress.
  • Do exercise 30 minutes a day to reduce stress. Exercising 30 minutes a day actually decreases your age by 2.8 years.
  • Don’t focus negative energy toward what is not working in your life.
  • Do practice what you have gratitude for and write it in a journal nightly. Those who keep a gratitude journal have been reported to be healthier.
  • Don’t put off your dreams any longer.
  • Do take time each day to accomplish a task that brings you closer to your life’s dream.
  • Don’t ignore what your body is telling you.
  • Do get a good night’s rest, every night.
  • Don’t wait to buy gifts and rush to accomplish holiday tasks at the last minute.
  • Do get organized and start holiday tasks and purchases, by a specific date, to avoid holiday traffic and the mad rush.
  • Don’t think you must fight stress.
  • Do think of healing as the answer.
  • Don’t feel you need to isolate yourself when holiday blues occur.
  • Do surround yourself with people who lift you up, as community is the key to improving one’s well-being.
  • Don’t consume more than an hour of news media.
  • Do write five things you are grateful for in a journal each night. Studies have shown those with a gratitude journal tend to live longer, healthier lives.
  • We have the capacity to re-train our brains by changing the energy we create within ourselves. Through the struggles of storms, fires, diversity and negative media, it is the collective truth and spirit that can change the world!

I am deeply grateful for your courage and vulnerability to be the change you wish to see and BE and lift your neighbor up when needed, do your part to save democracy and learn to ride the wave of change by asking for help when you need it.

 

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“America’s Happyologist” Jackie Ruka is a lifestyle expert and certified success coach affiliated with Harvard University and Medical School. She is author of the No.1best-selling book “Get Happy and Create a Kick Butt Life, a Toolbox for Rapidly Activating the Life You Desire.” Download to receive the 5 Mindshifts to reach Massive Success free quick guide for overcoming life’s obstacles.

Nov
11
2014

 

stressfreeholidayStress is a very common factor is today’s busy world. Between long to-do lists, managing daily expenses and juggling multiple roles we play in our lives, it is no surprise that stress consumes Americans.

 

According to the 2013 Stress in America survey, most adults do not believe they’re doing a good job managing the demands of life. The good news is stress and anxiety is highly manageable. However, there are several myths related to stress as well as realistic de-stressors.

 

People have various ideas about what stress is. For example, burn out from work is less about the hours you put in and more about feeling unfulfilled or lack of interest about the work involved in the job.

 

By proactively managing our stress and well-being you can begin to intentionally create meaning and pleasure in your life toward a lifestyle that has you feeling excited about the holidays and New Year to come.

 

Take note to common myths and de-stressors to improve well-being: Ready, set, go!

 

Don’t wait for a rare opportunity to meet with friends once a year.

Do create more realistic ways in which to spend quality time with friends more often.

Don’t buy a gift to fulfill an expectation.

Do buy or create a personal memento that depicts meaning, purpose and pleasure.

Don’t forfeit your vacation days until the end of the year.

Do schedule vacations and commit to taking all of your vacation days to rest and enjoy life outside of your job throughout the year.

Don’t linger in old patterns that stunt your potential.

Do choose to focus on what brings you closer to your desires by going beyond your comfort zone and try something new.

Don’t use holiday food and alcohol as an excuse to cope with your anxiety and stress.

Do exercise 30 minutes a day to reduce stress, which actually makes you 2.8 years younger.

Don’t focus negative energy toward what is not working in your life.

Do practice what you have gratitude for and write it in a journal nightly. Those who keep a gratitude journal have been reported to be healthier.

Don’t put off your dreams any longer.

Do take time each day to accomplish a task that brings you closer to your life’s dream.

Don’t ignore what your body is telling you.

Do get a good night rest, every night.

Don’t wait to buy gifts and rush to accomplish holiday tasks at the last minute.

Do get organized and start holiday tasks and purchases, by a specific date, to avoid holiday traffic and the mad rush.

Don’t think I must fight stress.

Do think of healing as the answer.

Don’t feel you need to isolate yourself when holiday blues occur.

Do surround yourself with people who lift you up, reach out and fake it to you make it. We have the capacity to re-train our brains by changing the energy we create within ourselves.

 

“America’s Happyologist” Jackie Ruka is a lifestyle expert who founded the Get Happy Zone (www.gethappyzone.com) personal development organization.  She is the author of the action guide, “Get Happy and Create a Kick Butt Life, a Toolbox for Rapidly Activating the Life You Desire.” Contact Jackie and take her Fearless Quiz online at www.tinyurl.com/HappinessQuiz. and receive a free report for Top 10 Ways to be Happy and Successful in a Complex World.

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Dec
12
2013

Are you feeling that holiday energy buzz where you realize it’s the end of the year and there’s so much left to do? In today’s world, the holidays encourage, ending business with a bang, making holiday travel plans, shopping for bargains, and getting the house ready for family and friends.  To ease into the holidays instead of sliding in head first I share 9 practical holiday tips to less stress that have worked for me year after year.

Let’s start with where the holidays might hurt the most and that’s your pocket book. Saving money and time makes everyone happy, take note of  the creative ways in which to accomplish both: 

1. Buckle down and write your to do list now. Start crossing off what is most important two weeks or so before you celebrate your holidays. This saves you on time by organizing yourself ahead of the holiday rush.

2. Cash in on credit card and banking points. Learn where you can use those points now for cash that you have already spent throughout the year. For example, did you know you can use your American Express points on Amazon by linking your account to them? Your accrued points can be utilized to buy and ship holiday gifts in time to be opened.

3.  Take advantage of the super sales, Groupon and Living Social specials. Small business’ are offering some fantastic deals right now with great prices on services. Buy now to gift those savings to your Mom, sister, friend or yourself with a gift certificate, yoga classes, facial, gift basket etc.

4. Your trash is someone else’s treasure. Consign what you no longer require and use the cash or store credit for gifts. You might be surprised what you can sell or purchase via consignment shops. Old jewelry, vintage coats and holiday dresses and shoes are hot items now. The extra $20 or more dollars can  go a long way in purchasing gift wrap or a stocking stuffer.

5. Send E-Holiday cards and save money , it’s fast , convenient and green. For those who prefer the postal route, utilize unused cards bought last year or craft a photo card of you, your pets, family or favorite trip you went on. Creating is fun and encourages the holiday spirit.

6. Clear the clutter and renew your space. As you prepare your space for a new year why not toss out papers, magazines and the piles of stuff that accrues over the year. If you have not read it or utilized it by now, recycle it. A cluttered house is a cluttered mind. A feeling of freedom ushers in by detoxing your environment, this includes your computer, email inbox and office space.

7. Do a trade! Swap your service or product with someone who offers what you might be looking for. This is a great way to collaborate, build referrals for your business and save some cash. 

8. How about giving yourself a break in the kitchen and pot luck social meals ? Save your time and money and ask family and friends to contribute to the holiday feast, instead of doing it all yourself.

9.  Give your self permission to enjoy yourself, take time out for YOU! The Holidays are for enjoying family, friends, co-workers, and resting from a year of hard work and celebrating LIFE. Say NO to stress and YES to holiday happiness, you deserve it!  

From our Zone to yours wishing you a wonderful and peaceful holiday season!     happy holidays 

Quote: “See the world as if for the first time; see it through the eyes of a child, and you will suddenly find that you are free.”  –Deepak Chopra

Jackie Ruka is an Author, Art Therapist and  America’sHappyologist who started Get Happy Zone, a personal development organization dedicated to crystallizing your passion and purpose and launch a personal happiness campaign through her VIP sessions and upcoming book Get Happy and Create a Kick Butt Life.

What would you like to change in your life’s canvas? If you are stuck and feeling uninspired Get Happy Zone is where we want to help you flesh out your desires and embark on a more positive course ! Should you or your business require inspiration please inquire at info@gethappyzone.com

You can RSS this blog by signing in at the pink box on the top right of the page and receive weekly blogs  right to your inbox. In addition, please forward this site to your friends and family who need a happy boost! Warmly, Jackie

Dec
12
2013

Holidays can be a tough and stressful time  – with feelings of being alone or looking at days past with a yearning for happier times. Feeling our feelings is healthy but can bring on  anticipated stress, anxiety and depression , however, this does not have to be so with a few proactive steps toward the positive.

Step One – Accepting Yourself as Being Enough

One of the more profound ways to measure our capacity for change is to be more present in our hearts, minds and bodies. Awakening our whole selves to the present moment and deciphering change in a conscious manner. Having the ability to see the big picture with being outside of our ego selves, by being in tune with our higher selves. Our higher self is detached from the defenses of our personalities. The more awake to the  present we become the more conscious we are of our environment. Instead of perceiving the holidays with old feelings of holidays past, squash your inner Scrooge and toss his big selfish ego to the curb. When you allow your inner Scrooge to take over, negativity, grief and depression start to enter into the picture. Those type’s of emotions are like feeding a  stray cat milk , which will keep coming back. So, don’t feed  it to begin with. Accept that YOU are ENOUGH and join a new festive event or group where your presence is a welcome and adds more  life to the spirit of giving and receiving, be in the now this is known as the present.

STEP TWO – An Attitude of GratitudeHoliday stress busters

 This is a time to have an attitude of gratitude. Look at what you do have and celebrate. Write down three things every morning between now and the holidays that you are thankful for. This exercise alone, will bring you more love, abundance and happiness into your life because you’re choosing to celebrate and not deliberate. We all have choices, you can take the high road  or you can  continue to peer in the rearview mirror of life. You are a beautiful person with unique talents and abilities, share them with others as this is your gift!

STEP THREE – Be Around those who Lift You UP!

Life is so much more rewarding and fun when spent with those who love and support you for who you are! Being around a best friend in or out of your job actually increases your morale by 60% according to Gallup. This is a special time to improve your energy by infusing it with laughter, a nice walk to enjoy the holiday spirit in the air, go dancing and move your body to music you love and free up the cobwebs in your mind . Go celebrate and find what and who inspires you.

STEP FOUR –  A few ways in which to find your JOY:

Create your own holiday card or photo collage of your favorite 2013 moment.

Choose someone who inspires you and create a goal this holiday season to end the year with a BANG!

Take a risk, do something  fun and out of character that makes you feel alive this season!

Make another person feel good, be kind, lend a hand and serve others. Perhaps make some holiday cookies , entertain at home have a tree ornament swap or simply share quality time with someone you have not seen in a while.

Create a new motto for yourself, mine is Stop dreaming and start doing! What is yours?

Get out there and get your JOY on, what do you have to lose, other than yucky old feelings that no longer serve you?

What are your thoughts or tips for proactively dealing with family and the holidays, leave a comment!

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“America’s Happyologist” Jackie Ruka is a lifestyle strategist and inspiration coach , who founded the Get Happy Zone (www.gethappyzone.com) personal development organization. She is also the author of the soon-to-be-released book, “Get Happy and Create a Kick Butt Life, a Toolbox for Rapidly Activating the Life You Desire.” Contact Jackie and take her Become Fearless Quiz online at www.tinyurl.com/HappinessQuiz.

 

Dec
12
2012

Between work, shopping, kids, personal life and now holiday parties, it  can be cumbersome to get in that Holiday spirit.  Let’s be honest and authentic, as we approach the end of the year,  most I have mentored can’t wait for 2013. As I teach positive transformation I am here to remind you to suck it up buttercup and have gratitude. Opt toward the path that lightens you up. In the words of Buddha, success does not lead to happiness, it is happiness that leads to success.

Last week I was part of a symposium with a great group of men and ladies. As an ice breaker I shared this warm – up to help folks step outside of themselves and view self in a fun, light and feel good manner. Everyone laughed and enjoyed the metaphoric question behind the warm – up and had a chance to learn about each others personalities and commonalities. This is also fun if you plan on hosting a holiday party or event! Ask yourself and your guests;

1. If you were a holiday ornament or decoration what would you be?

2.Second, write down three characteristics which describe your ornament or decoration?

Lastly, the clincher behind this exercise is not only to get happy but to stay happy, no matter what. You see, obstacles will be in our way , be happy anyway. Money might be tight, be happy anyway, love may be on the rocks, be happy anyway. The job may be a bummer, be happy anyway. When you are happy anyway, you feel good and good things happen, you step outside of your funk, toss the junk and meet up with your higher and powerful self, your WHY.

Your Why, is beyond happiness and purpose, it is your meaning.Wether you chose the Christmas tree, lights, the Star, a candle, menorah or tinsel, all represent light, inspiration and uniqueness of old and new  instilled within on many levels. Celebrate your uniqueness, your light, your meaning, as no one else has the same ingredients you do or can share your inner gift just as you do.

In moments of stress or worry, think of the ornament or decoration you chose, feel your goodness and switch on your joy. Breath and know we are all here together to be happy and love unconditionally.

Have a beautiful holiday season and share your comments with us!

Need a Life Lift? Jackie Ruka’s signature blend of advice, wisdom and inspiration can help you create a happier personal and professional life!  Learn more. 

 

 

 

 

Nov
11
2012

Imagine Your Future: 3 Key Strategies

Today is a NEW day! Each and every day we must practice the thought process that the best is yet to come and recognize that we live in miracles. Despair is symbolized by occurrence, how we react  is based upon your spirit. Human spirit is the most powerful of energies. When you have an uplifting spirit, it brings forth a greater speed of belief in yourself and leaves little room for doubt to enter. Moving with confidence in your life is elementary , yet difficult to acquire and sustain unless you are willing to fight for your freedom, well – being and a bright future.

History was made yet again with the re – election of President Obama. No matter who you voted for, it is our job to act and unite as ONE and be grateful for living in times of peace and not war, love and not hate, abundance and not greed; for the greater good. We may be a rich country, but we are not a healthy one.This is not about blame or leadership, but more of a reflection of ourselves. We are responsible for our own happiness, it is not the job of others, government or external forces, it is a strong belief in self, an inside job. I read the other day that a new idea can change the world, and that new idea could be your idea! Do you have a new idea that you are holding on to? I know I do!

3 Key Strategies to Implement your Future:

1. Listen: Listen to what your heart is telling you, directing you and guiding you. You have an answer within, it’s just a matter of trusting the feeling and determining how to act upon it. It will continue to gnaw at you until you flush out what is calling you. Whatever you are seeking is seeking you.

2. Find a Mentor: There is someone out there who is smarter than you. Sorry, but it’s true and this is a good thing! A mentor can assist with looking at what you may not see and help you acquire a “game plan”. In some cases, your mentor may have experienced similar feelings, a role or place in their life that you are currently experiencing. In addition, expressing your desires, ideas, visions, feelings and thoughts is the healthiest way to reaching clarity. You need to be heard and an outside party is committed to listening and pinpointing a new kind of change that feels right to you.

3. Write it down: While you are brainstorming, it is imperative to write down your vision and an intention in each area of your strategy  so as to reach your next milestone. By doing so, it helps you to clarify what it is you really want!

For example, perhaps you have a great business idea or want to relocate but you don’t know how this looks like for you or where to begin? You could comb the internet for hours and gather as much research and facts as possible. But until you step outside of your self, on a level that is unfamiliar and go beyond the comfort zone and crutch that keeps you in a box,  your old thoughts will resurface . It is usually the freshness and newness in change  that sparks your imagination, this is where you find the golden key to your future.

Ready for a Life Lift? Jackie Ruka’s signature blend of  wisdom and strategies can help you create an authentic, empowered personal and professional life! Learn more.

“America’s Happyologist” Jackie Ruka is a lifestyle expert who founded the Get Happy Zone (www.gethappyzone.com) personal development organization. She is also the author of the soon-to-be-released book, “Get Happy and Create a Kick Butt Life, a Toolbox for Rapidly Activating the Life You Desire.” Contact Jackie and take her Become Fearless Quiz online at www.tinyurl.com/HappinessQuiz.

 


 

 

Dec
12
2011

Are you feeling that holiday energy buzz where you realize it’s the end of the year and there’s so much left to do? The holidays encourage, ending business with a bang, making holiday travel plans, shopping for bargains, and getting the house ready for family and friends.  Here are a few practical holiday tips with how to be your happiest.

Let’s start with where the holidays might hurt and that’s your pocket book. Saving money and time makes everyone happy, here are a few creative ways to do both.

–  Buckle down and write your to do list now. Start crossing off what is most important two weeks before you celebrate your holidays. This saves you on time by organizing yourself ahead of the holiday rush.

– Cash in on credit card and banking points. Learn where you can use those points now for cash that you have already spent throughout the year. For example, did you know you can use your American Express points on Amazon by linking your account to them? Your accrued points can be utilized to buy and ship holiday gifts in time to be opened.

– Take advantage of the super sales, Groupon and Living Social specials. Small business’ are offering some fantastic deals right now with great prices on services. Buy now to gift those savings to your Mom, sister, friend or yourself with a gift certificate, yoga classes, facial, gift basket etc.

– Your trash is someone else’s treasure. Consign what you no longer require and use the cash or store credit for gifts. You might be surprised what you can sell or purchase via consignment shops. Old jewelry, vintage coats and holiday dresses and shoes are hot items now.

– Have fun creating your Holiday cards and save money by sending it via email. For those who prefer the postal route, utilize unused cards bought last year or craft a photo card of you, your pets, family or favorite trip you went on. Creating is fun and encourages the holiday spirit.

– Clear the clutter and renew your space. As you prepare your space for a new year why not toss out papers, magazines and the piles of stuff that accrues over the year. If you have not read it or utilized it by now, recycle it. A cluttered house is a cluttered mind. A feeling of freedom ushers in by detoxing your environment.

– Do a trade! Swap your service or product with someone who offers what you might be looking for. This is a great way to collaborate, build referrals for your business and save some cash.

– How about giving yourself a break in the kitchen and pot luck social meals ? Save your time and money and ask family and friends to contribute to future feasts.

– Enjoy yourself, take time out for you !

Quote of the day: “See the world as if for the first time; see it through the eyes of a child, and you will suddenly find that you are free.” Deepak Chopra

Jackie Ruka is an Author, Artist, Therapist and Self Development expert who started Get Happy Zone, a personal development organization dedicated to launching your personal happiness campaign through her training classes and upcoming book Get Happy and Create a Kick Butt Life, a Toolbox for the Life You Desire. Go here to read Jackie’s blog.

What would you like to change in your life’s canvas? If you are stuck and feeling uninspired Get Happy Zone is where we want to help you flesh out your desires and embark on a more positive course ! Should you or your business require inspiration please inquire at info@gethappyzone.com

You can RSS this blog by signing in at the pink box on the top right of the page and receive weekly blogs  right to your inbox. In addition, please forward this site to your friends and family who need a happy boost! Warmly, Jackie

Nov
11
2011

How to Control Stress, before the Holidays !

There are 3 ways to dealing with change: act, accept or affect. Dealing with change has alot to do with your growth level and personality type with how stress appears to you. If you are growing and graduating toward a personality that is ego-less than you are better able to control your stress.

When it comes to the emotional ladder related to change about 60% of people are fencesitters, meaning they would prefer to take a wait and see approach. The 20% of people who are cynics usually feel secure where they are or feel there is a better approach but, don’t necessarily act on it outside of self sabotage. The people who are not in arrested personality development and have grown to a level of being a champion are the other 20% who are excited about change. These folks tend to be non competitive, supporters of others and feel a sense of harmony, authenticity, and transparency with a capacity to see the success of change for the greater good.

How does change affect you? Do you sit where the majority do with being a fencesitter or are you the resistant type at first, to hearing about change? We all have a point with in the fabric of our personalities that has a default. It’s usually the initial feeling or gut reaction to a change that is our default factor. This initial reaction is based on control and is ego based. It may not look pretty  and as you know in our family and interpersonal relationships we  often know how someone we love will react to a change as well. My mother , for example, automatically goes into resistant mode any time the norm is interrupted. Knowing this about her helps me to better relate and communicate with her about life changes and prevents anticipated upheaval. When you understand the emotional ladder of change for yourself and others in your life, a proactive approach can be the best approach, not only to control stress but also better relate with others in your life.

One of the more profound ways to measure our capacity for change is to be more present in our hearts, minds and bodies. Awakening our whole selves to the present moment and deciphering change in a conscious manner. Having the ability to see the big picture with being outside of our ego selves by being in tune with our higher selves. Our higher self is detached from the defenses of our personalities. The more awake to the  present we become the more conscious we are of our environment. Instead of perceiving the holidays with old feelings of holidays past, squash your inner Scrooge and toss his big selfish ego to the curb. When you allow your inner Scrooge to take over, negativity, grief and depression start to enter into the picture. Those type’s of emotions are like feeding a  stray cat milk , which will keep coming back. So, don’t feed  it to begin with.

Lastly, this is a time to have an attitude of gratitude. Look at what you do have and celebrate. Write down three things every morning between now and Christmas that you are thankful for. This exercise alone, will bring you more love, abundance and happiness into your life because you’re choosing to celebrate and not deliberate. We all have choices, you can take the high road  or you can  continue to peer in the rearview mirror of life.

What would you like to change in your life’s canvas? If you are stuck and feeling uninspired Get Happy Zone is where we want to help you flesh out your desires and embark on a more positive course ! Should you or your business require inspiration please inquire at info@gethappyzone.com

Quote for the day: If you don’t like something, change it. If you can’t change it, change your attitude. Maya Angelou

Jackie Ruka is an Author, Art Therapist, Business Professional and Inspiration Expert who started Get Happy Zone, a unique organization dedicated to launching your personal happiness campaign through her training classes , VIP sessions, and upcoming e-book “Get Happy and Create a Kick Butt Life, A Creative Toolbox for a Life You Desire.” To learn more about Get Happy Zone and receive the how to Get Happy blog in your inbox please go to http://www.gethappyzone.com

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