Don’t get a holi-daze
The holidays. Love em or hate em, they are here to stay and they will be here before we know it (seriously, how is Thanksgiving two days away?!). While the holiday season is deemed the holly-est, jolliest, happiest time of the year by many it’s also a very stressful time of year. Travel, changes in routine, extra family time, shopping, organizing, cooking, navigating a holiday without a loved one… so many factors can contribute to holiday stress whether you’re aware of it or not. This can easily leave us feeling frazzled, down, irritated, or just plain off! If you want your holiday season to come and go as smoothly as possible, take some time to assess and address your thoughts, feelings, routines, and situations/circumstances surrounding your holiday. Need some strategies? Consider these…
- Journal Activities: take time to make a list of the things you cannot control (in-laws, travel, food options), and a list of the things you can control (how you interact with family members, packing your own food essentials, your attitude), and create an action plan to accept the things you cannot change and determine what is available for you to change
- Go Green (and red, and yellow, and purple, and orange): Now is the time to load up on vibrant fruits and veggies. Your body and your mind will thank you for giving it the fuel it needs. Be sure to eat a variety of colors to get the most vitamins and nutrients. This will help fight off illness and also help you feel better in general
- Create a daily self-care routine, and maintain it!: I can’t stress this one enough. Self-care is so important all the time, but especially during a stressful season. Choose 3-4 activities that you love and make you feel better (think meditation, journaling, making a cup of tea, walking the dog, calling your best friend…) and set a time each day that you do these, either all together or break them up throughout the day, but do them, every. day.
- Keep moving. Literally and figuratively. Staying active (do a turkey trot or a fitness challenge at your gym/studio) is so important! We all know the benefits of regular exercise. And figuratively, be mindful, don’t stress about the past or the future. You can’t change that, move forward one step at a time and just be where you are.
- Throw your “diet” out the window.: First of all, now’s just not the time! And more importantly, don’t let the diet industry dictate how you feel about yourself. You can eat that extra slice of pie, you don’t have to go burn it all off, you’re identity is not found in your weight and you are more than what you eat at one meal. Keep it in perspective, eat the food you want. You don’t need to deprive yourself, but you don’t need to overindulge either. Moderation.
- Give yourself space. Let yourself feel the feels, process when you need to process, take time to get organized. Give yourself the time that you need, it’s okay!