This is #TeamLynn post by COO & Nutritionist, Connie Trowbridge
This is the time of season where we’re supposed to focus on what we’re grateful for.
We go into massive credit card debt buying stuff that we don’t need, that we’ll barely use, to fill an empty hole in ourselves because we hate our life, or, we buy all of these things to impress people we shouldn’t care about. We stuff our faces from Thanksgiving to Christmas which makes us tired and moody and feel pretty crappy, so we, of course, need massive amounts of caffeine just to function.
We start to feel stiffer, slower, foggier and stressed out.
Instead of joy, peace, love, and family, we run around like maniacs. We’re in a CONSTANT state of guilt because we overate, didn’t work out, and are super sleep deprived.
The holiday season causes a lot of people to lose their sanity and obliterate their health. Sidenote: Remember, here at 2fitathome we don’t believe health is a size or a weight or a certain eating style. We believe health is a state of BEING.
If you feel good, you’re not in any stiffness or pain, you feel balanced, your mind is calm and content, and you feel like you’re actually living and loving LIFE and not just getting through the day, then CONGRATS! Yous is healthy!!
Most of us take several MILES (not steps) backward in our state of health during this season. So I’m here to help.
I don’t want you to drive yourself insane, lower your immune system, and risk getting sick and injured just because it’s the holidays. I want you to have fun. Feel so so grateful for your life and the people in it. I want you to feel good, content, and wake up with that jolly, holly feeling and not a sense of dread.
Use these next steps to help you overcome the negativity that the holidays are unfortunately getting more and more known for, and help you survive and thrive this season.
1. Maintain your routine and rituals
You know that yoga class, workout, meditation session, or walk that you regularly do that makes you feel happy and centered? Keep it up! I know that with the hustle and bustle of the holiday season, it can be harder for you to take time out for your self-care. Whatever your self-care looks like, KEEP IT UP! I don’t care how busy you are. Self-care should never get thrown out the window. If you’re finding yourself in a time constraint, then do less! But Connie! I can’t do less. All of these things MUST get done!
Oh really? So the world will end and life will be over if you let some things go? I don’t freaking think so.
We human beings make everything such A BIG DEAL. Most things are NOT THAT IMPORTANT. Most of your worries and stresses are from things that HAVEN’T HAPPENED. You know that pressure that you’re feeling? It’s coming from YOU. You are putting all that pressure on yourself by setting insane and unrealistic expectations, by comparing yourself to someone else, and trying to keep up with what others are doing.
If you really wanted to, you COULD find the time for your self-care and to do the things that keep you mentally and physically SANE. It’s your choice. Cross off some of your to-do things, assign them to someone else, or just let them go, or, continue to waste your life and this season feeling stressed, tired, and miserable.
Suffering is a choice you make, and it’s entirely OPTIONAL. Your actions will determine your happiness or your suffering. Choose wisely.
2. Take a timeout
We’re always on the go, go, go. Running from one obligation to another. But this craziness is enhanced during the holiday season. Taking a few minutes to yourself (at the very LEAST) is vital to your overall well-being. You need to BREATH. You need to relax for just a little bit each day. In order to stay calm, sane and energized for the added responsibilities of the holidays, you need to make sure that you are VERY well taken care of. Don’t skimp on sleep so you can make that extra casserole. Skip the casserole instead. Drink lots and lots of water to combat brain fog and cravings. Feed yourself good food. Go for a walk. Get some air. Turn off your phone. Read a book. Have a glass of wine. Take an extra long shower. Get a massage. Dance around the house naked. Whatever floats your boat!
You have permission to take it easy. You have permission to take a day off if you want. You have permission to hide from the world. You have permission to chill the f out.
3. Practice gratitude
Warning: do NOT disregard this practice. Many know the power of gratitude, but few actually implement it. Gratitude is the ULTIMATE attitude and way of living that you can adopt that will radically change your life… and quickly. So read on and make sure you actually implement the action step at the end. Gratitude won’t help you just by reading it; you gotta LIVE it!
When you practice gratitude, you experience feelings of extreme happiness and thankfulness which comes from appreciation. When you appreciate things, you flood your body with those feel-good emotions of happiness and thankfulness.
That feeling instantly puts you in a grateful state and elevates your mood. Something that is much needed during the holiday season when people are going broke, overspending, overeating, not sleeping, getting sick, and just generally feeling really unhappy. Ironic huh? What’s supposed to be the most joyous, loving, and appreciative season has become a big pain in the ass. That is, if you CHOOSE to let it. You can use gratitude to help you embrace the holiday spirit and learn the true meaning of this season. No hallmark movie required.
When you’re happier, life becomes easier, you adapt better to obstacles, you experience less stress, frustration, and negativity. Why WOULDN’T you want to practice a skill that helps you so much in your life??!
People that practice gratitude daily, have the highest correlation with well-being. Being grateful impacts your overall experience of happiness, and these effects have been proven to be long-lasting AND boost your immune system and health. Something we all need during the winter season.
A POWERFUL and effective method for cultivating gratitude and filling your life with joy and ease this season is to maintain a Gratitude Journal.
Action Step: Every day, write down at least three things you’re grateful for. They can be about anything which brings you happiness and makes you feel grateful: a good cup of coffee, a talk with your best friend, going outside and enjoying nature. Anything. By writing down these positive moments, you are boosting your levels of alertness, enthusiasm, determination, attentiveness, and energy. As you’re writing in your journal, take a moment and close your eyes, and FEEL that appreciation in your body. Simmer in that energy for a few of seconds.
Annd there you have it!. 3 essential tips for surviving (and hopefully thriving) during the holidays.
Listen, I know how stressful this time of year can be for everyone. If you take only one thing from this post, let it be the reminder to, breath. Slow down and breath. Most of us are walking around taking these short, shallow little breaths that don’t really oxygenate us and causes us to feel tired, hungry and stressed. So breath. Deeply.
I hope you have an awesome Thanksgiving and holiday season, surrounded by people you love (and hopefully like), with lots and lots of mulled wine and desserts….yum.
Happy Holidays everyone!
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