Ron Villano, M.S., LMHC, ASAC is the leading expert in working through change. As a father who lost his 17-year old son in an auto accident, he always speaks from the heart. As a licensed mental health counselor he guides others on how to work through difficult times. As a national speaker and author of Be Zing, Ron has appears on TV and radio throughout the world. Visit www.RonVillano.com to listen
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The change of season makes me feel so blue! Blue days are shorter
so it gets dark earlier. It gets cold out so I don’t want to be out of my
house. Seems like there is less to do so all I wind up doing is sitting
around my home. I enjoy the holidays when they come around, and
I take everyone up on invitations when I can but there always seems
to be an air of blah until spring. How can I keep my spirits up when
the sun always seems to be going down?
It certainly can seem like once the summer is over, things get a bit
“dim” as the nights start to get longer and it feels less comfortable
outside. Consider a few of these changes to lift your spirits! Make sure
to add new, bright colors to your home. Simple touches like pillows, decorative
items, and even a change of kitchen towels brings a spark into the
home. Take up an interest in beauty by taking photos which show the
season from an artful eye. e multiple colors of fall leaves, pictures of
frosty branches against a morning sunrise. Go on line and check out activities and places to see that are best done indoors — museums, libraries, even continuing/adult education. And lastly, if there was ever a time to try a new craft, now that more time is naturally spent in the home, why not get some creativity going and see what you can create when you put a fresh thinking mind on the job. There is great beauty in every time of the year!
My mother-in-law is just driving me crazy! I feel like every time I
speak with her, I wind up agreeing to do things that I really don’t want
to do. I don’t want to disappoint her or even argue with her as she
can really be a bit tough to deal with. Even when I try to say no, she
winds up talking me into doing it anyway! It’s really frustrating. How
do I say no with the respect she deserves?
This type of situation calls for two basic things. You knowing yourself
and what you want to do and what you don’t want to do.
And you being able to stand firm in your decision without the
negative emotions getting in the way no matter what is said. Say your
mother-in-law wants you to join her and some friends for lunch on a Saturday
that you have made plans already. Practice saying no in a few different
ways before you speak with her. “I would love to join you, but I
already have plans.” “I do have other plans for Saturday, but would enjoy
going to lunch with you on...” “It sounds like great lunch plans but I will
have to join you another day.” Standing firm also requires you to make
sure that you answer without the frustration emotion. That can often be
the harder part of saying no when you need to because guilt begins to
enter the equation. But when you know what you want to do, you can
embrace your choice, own the decision, and release the guilt. So, even
when the other person is being aggressive in their response, keep on your
own toes, and stick with the simple, direct, and emotion-free approach.
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