Staying healthy is hard enough without the added stress of the holidays. Try following these 5 tips this holiday season to stay connected to yourself & your goals this year.
It’s so easy to get lost in the stress of the holidays. The overwhelming feelings of the holidays are all to familiar to me, so this holiday season I have chosen to stay true to myself, and my bigger intentions by practicing the following five tips.
1) Slow down!
It’s not a secret that people get stressed out during the holidays. Remember that just like anything, stress, during the holidays or not, is a choice. Take advantage of the fact that the holidays are really a time to rest, be with your family, and enjoy your time. Don’t get caught up in the hustle & bustle and choose to allow yourself time & space to slow down. Catch up on the book you’ve been wanting to read, take a walk, meditate, or, dare I say it, enjoy a nap.
2) You don’t have to get caught up in other people’s stories.
Everyone is busy! So next time you hear someone telling you about how busy they are, or better yet you complaining to someone else about how busy you are, flip your perspective! Get out of the story of being busy, and live in your own unique strategy of enjoying your days. There will never be enough time in one day to do everything you want to, so choose wisely how you spend your time and who you spend it with. The holidays are a special time, and they go fast, so spend it with the people you love, doing the things you enjoy most.
3) You don’t have to spend tons of money to give someone a meaningful gift.
Some of the best gifts I’ve ever received were small, hand-made, and from the heart. Just because someone spends a lot of money on a gift does not mean that it’s special. Instead of letting finances stress you out this year in your gift giving, make it fun & get creative! Here are just a few ideas: home-made sugar scrubs with holiday inspired essential oils for ladies, and yummy home-made treats for the guys. Sometimes putting your time and energy in to a gift is more meaningful than running down the street to the next holiday sale.
4) Remember why you started.
The holidays can be a tricky time for those of us that choose specialized diets. If you are a health conscious eater or are working towards a health based goal don’t forget why you started during the holidays. Time moves fast and before you know it the holidays will be gone, but your goals & healthy lifestyle won’t. Stay true to your goals & lifestyle by reminding yourself of them often. Meditations, journaling, or simply placing inspirational quotes around your house can be quick & very helpful tricks to keep you on track.
It’s okay to indulge every once in a while. You have to have a little bit of fun at least every now and then. The good news is that indulging doesn’t have to be with food & alcohol. Gift yourself a massage, take time for an extra yoga class one week, or if you can maybe take an extra day off work to enjoy some downtime.