Remember that during busy times such as the holiday season, it is especially important to make time for quiet. When we don’t give our minds and senses a break from the constant stimulation, we end up feeling stressed and running on “autopilot”. This causes us to miss the moment and also encourages us to make unhealthy choices when we end up asking ourselves “How did that happen?” or “why did I do/eat that?” or telling ourselves we’re hopeless and we’ll never reach our health goals whatever they may be.
You can set yourself up for enjoying a healthy holiday with these tips:
1. Adopt an "attitude of gratitude" during this time. Keep a "gratitude journal" for the next 2 months and each night before bed write down 3-5 things you are grateful for ( big or small). You will love how this simple process uplifts and calms you.
2. Practice Presence. For the next 2 months, commit to a mindfulness practice during your meals. Resist the urge to eat on the run, while standing up, while watching TV or looking at your phone/pc/device. Whether eating solo or with others, be fully present to yourself, your family/friends, and your food.
3. Say "no". There are lots of events, parties, gatherings happening during this time. Don't be afraid to decline an invitation if you are feeling overwhelmed and need the space in your life for peace during this busy season.
4. Get outside! Don't let the dreary weather deter you from spending some time outdoors and in nature. Our modern and busy lifestyles take us further from our innate connection to the natural world. Make time to be outdoors and let nature heal your body, mind, and senses.
5. If you get off track during the holidays, be compassionate to yourself. We all overindulge at times. Scientific studies have shown that if you forgive yourself and move on, then you are more likely to get back on track and make healthful choices.
6. Try to be active each day. If you can't get to the gym or your regular class, go for a walk, do some yard/house clean up, or stream a class or Youtube video at home.
7. If you are stressed or tired, spend time in nature, or simply stretch, rest and pray/meditate. Sometimes the best choice is to create space for quiet and away from the constant stimulation we are bombarded with during this time.
I hope you will implement a few of these tips to help you enjoy a healthy more peaceful holiday season! Next time I will share my quick tips and strategies for navigating the perils of overindulging at holiday parties! Stay tuned…. Be Well, Create Calm, and Love Lots
I am a wellness educator and trainer who is passionate about helping others to look, feel, and be their best in body, mind, and heart. Thanks for visiting my blog!