The holidays are among us – a time of year that’s known for its busy nature that can lead to quite the load of stress. After all, you likely have several invitations to gatherings collecting on your counter, a long list of people you need to send holiday cards to, and the daunting task of braving the shopping mall crowds to find the gifts for your loved ones. All of this, on top of your normal every day life. It can be overwhelming to say the least.
I wanted to share with you some of my personal favorite ways to navigate this busy, stressful time of year and make this season a lot more enjoyable, less stressful and a time you will remember with fond memories.
These secret weapons of mine include…
1. Put forth great effort to be present
It can be difficult, I understand. It’s almost a reflex to pick up our phones and scroll through Facebook or our email when we have a free moment – do you do the same? One way I like to dodge this is to leave my electronics in another room. Don’t even allow yourself the temptation to pick up your phone and disengage from communicating with your gathered love ones. When I’m feeling particularly scatter-brained, what really helps ground me is focusing on my senses. What do I smell? What do I hear? What do I feel? Stopping and thinking through what’s going on around you at that very moment really brings you into the present moment unlike anything else. It’s a wonderful tool to use to dial in and be present – and is a great tool to use year-round, not just during the holidays!
2. Give up those expectations.
A lot of the stress we put on ourselves this season lies in the notion that we expect things to be perfect. That’d be lovely, of course – but putting your entire extended family in one house is bound to have something go awry. Therefore, dropping the expectations of perfection will allow you to be prepared for when something may spring up. There is joy to be found in each situation, so even when things don’t go exactly as planned – spend your energy finding gratitude in your circumstances and enjoying as much of your time as you possibly can. Tis the season!
3. Make Simple Swaps:
Resisting temptation of pie, Christmas cookies, and your aunt's signature fudge can quickly deplete your willpower. So give yourself a quick convenient option to turn to in those moments. There are ton’s of healthy swaps you can make during the holidays to stay on track and not feel restricted or deprived. Like my easy paleo chocolate chip mug cake that is gut friendly and protein packed! (check out my blog for recipe). Stock up on some go-to options that are readily available to you. You can check out my Instagram @mindfulbellie for more healthy recipes and simple swap ideas! Also, check out barefootprovisions.com or thrivemarket.com for lots of go-to snack ideas to keep on hand for emergencies and travel.
4. Find time to move:
It’s incredibly important to keep movement in your schedule, no matter how busy you may feel. Even if it’s just a brisk walk after lunch or dinner – make it a habit to bundle up in your favorite scarf and winter coat to go for a walk alone to clear your mind, or with someone you enjoy being around. Be sure that you are getting your time outside in nature, breathing in fresh air, while burning off some calories and keeping your heart rate up.
What are your favorite ways to get some movement in during the cold months? My favorite way is to go on a run in the morning first thing before everyone wakes up, when it’s quiet and I can just have some me time and get energized to start the day!
If you need extra help during your holiday season to get the support and accountability you need to stay on track and feel energized going into the new year, lets set up a strategy session!
It’s a free, 45 minute, one-on-one call with me to:
Figure out what is stopping you or slowing you down from getting the body and health you want
Discover what foods and lifestyle habits are bringing your body down, and what to do about it
Create a clear action plan for you to stay on track this holiday season and beyond