Your BEST Season.
1. You come first.
2. Plan accordingly.
3. Recognize, acknowledge and accept your emotions.
4. Enjoy the season.
1. Yes YOU – Come first.
a. The Holiday season is undoubtedly busy. We are busy with the normalcies of our day to day lives topped with gatherings, planning of gatherings, eating & drinking, awkward & not so awkward conversations with co-workers, friends and family and the anxiety around the money that is to be spent. This equates to YOU forgetting about your needs as you navigate the holiday happenings
b. 4 TIPS: Find at LEAST 20 minutes a day for YOU. (Walk,sit,journal,sip coffee)
- Don't skip your workouts! Maybe take it up a notch!
- Sleep - JUST DO IT.
- Eat before you go. Food should ENERGIZE you – not deplete you.
2. PLAN accordingly.
a. Schedule your workouts. Make it a PRIORITY just like your morning coffee or tea if that’s your habit. It is a non-negotiable.
b. Eat on schedule.
- Often we eat LESS in preparation for the night’s festivities. Ensure to eat a healthy breakfast and perhaps a lighter lunch to keep you from feeling ravenous by event time. You will also be in a better mood!
c. Plan your gift giving (if you are partaking)
- How often are you scrambling to buy something for someone that ends up putting you over budget? Sit down and THINK about what your mom would enjoy – don’t just grab another cashmere scarf.
3. Recognize, Acknowledge & Accept your emotions
a. Ask yourself WHY.
- When you start to feel anxious, nervous, upset or any other negative emotion, ask yourself why you may be feeling that way to get to the root of the issue. Practicing mindfulness in this way will keep you in balance since you will know where you stand.
b. The Holidays can stir up a cocktail of emotions considering the family & co-worker time that is ahead. Remember that these people are also humans navigating this life. We all do not have the same needs, values & lifestyles – and we also do not KNOW what other’s needs, values and lifestyles are. Accept and Acknowledge and navigate with curiosity with those who may have differing stances than you. You can always learn something!
4. Enjoy the season
a. All of the moments and happiness to be shared is something to look forward to. By committing yourself to these practices you will be able to go through the holidays with ease. When YOU are happy and in balance, you will THRIVE.
b. A helpful tool to explore yourself even more, is to take the WWW.INSIDE8.COM test – to rediscover and reconnect. With a helpful list of activities that correspond to your personality type, you will also have no shortage of hobbies and activities to explore this winter.
I wish you the MERRIEST season of all!