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Are You Suffering from Affluenza?

There’s an economic crisis going on, yet TV commercials are still whetting children’s appetites for more toys and possessions. Whispered about the house is “Credit card debt,” or “laid off from work,” or “how far will the savings go?” Yet, parents are afraid to have that “talk” with their children about simplifying this holiday season for fear of disappointing them with a more down-to-earth spiritual holiday.

Then there are friends and family on your gift list. Gift giving is real pricey, for we have been keeping up with the Joneses; gifts have become a monetary barometer for love and affection. “How do I love thee? Let me count the ways” “Hmm, Burberry scarf, Coach bag, Tiffany bracelet, yeah, you do love me.” Out of desperation, many of you might be telling your friends and family, “All of us have a limit of X dollars...” this year, so no one can spend more than that. However, it seems highly competitive to make this announcement to level the paying field: No one dare be different. And isn’t this still focusing on monetary value, but in reverse?

Here’s How to Heal from Affluenza:Bottom Line:

You are not responsible for everyone’s happiness. The holidays bring light into our lives during the darkest time of the year and this year there have been a lot of low points and darkness. We are reminded to be joyous and reconnect with the self, family, friends and the community. This holiday season express your individuality and rid yourself of emotional programming which keeps you constantly performing and pleasing others to prove that you are worthy. Let go of the guilt which is actually a cover-up for low self-esteem. The goal is to teach your loved ones how to fish, instead of catching, cooking, even cleaning the pan for them in order to feel needed and validated.
Fun should be at the top of your to-do list; now that the holidays have become cheaper and simpler. See the light…
For more information on managing your stress and reclaiming your life read my book, Addicted to Stress: A Woman's 7 Step Program to Reclaim Joy and Spontaneity in Life. To listen to archived radio shows with guest experts visit Turn On Your Inner Light Radio Show

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