Monday, December 22, 2008

Bank Execs Got Bailed Out

Banks that are getting taxpayer bailouts awarded their top executives nearly $1.6 billion in salaries, bonuses and other benefits last year, an Associated Press analysis reveals.

How do you feel about that?

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The Benefits of Downtime

Looking forward to some precious downtime during the holidays? Don't spend it catching up on all the things you haven't had time to do or simply vegging out.

"Knowing how to relax is an art," says the Sunday Mail (Glasgow, Scotland) article "Make It a Happy New You: The Strain Game, and How to Relax" which recommends taking a seven-day break for "three days of taking it easy, followed by four days of restocking your inner larder." The week begins with such relaxing activities as a leisurely bath enhanced by aromatherapy and peaceful music, walking in the woods or a park for 30 minutes, and using massage, contemplation and other calming techniques. The four-day regeneration plan focuses on increasing your exercise pace, reading and other activities. Not sure how stressed you really are? Take their self-assessment to learn your stress level and determine areas that need help.

Don't fall into the trap of thinking that your time off must include an ambitious family getaway. Instead, enjoy — and safeguard — simple family time. Public Management's "Finding Leisure Time in a Hectic Lifestyle" notes,"Unfortunately, many people overschedule themselves and their families by trying to do too many things. Families need unstructured time. Spending time just taking it easy provides the opportunity to be spontaneous and creative."

"Relaxation does not mean lying on the sofa watching television, tempting as this can be," says the Daily Post (Liverpool, England). In their article "Learning to Relax Doesn't Have to Be Hard Work," life coach Fiona Martin says she helps clients "find ways of switching off completely. This often involves learning how to do nothing except enjoying the 'now' moment and letting go of any thoughts that may intrude."

Short on ideas for spending your free time? Check out Fine Living's "45 Great Ways to Do Nothing" where you'll find enough suggestions — such as buying yourself a treat from the grocery store toy aisle, reading a poem aloud, and spending the entire day in your pajamas — to fill your holiday break.

Today's Quote

“An optimist stays up until midnight to see the New Year in. A pessimist stays up to make sure the old year leaves.” - Bill Vaughn

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