I think I can officially say, Happy Holidays!
As we enter the holiday season, I wanted to take the time to share some of my tips for staying in tune with our bodies and minds during this (sometimes) stressful season. What can be one of the happiest times of the year, can also come with a lot of extra stress and pressure– trust me, I’ve been there!
I remember a time about five years ago where I barely could enjoy the holidays because I was so consumed with fitness, calories, and was fearful to let myself indulge in the slightest. I was stuck in a mindset of comparison and was more focused on what other people were getting for holiday gifts and accidentally overlooked the reason for the season! I bring this up because I think it’s pretty common and I wanted to share some of the tips I’ve learned over the years for tuning into your body and being your most “in-tune” self during this time of year. Cheers to getting festive while doing what’s right for our bodies/ minds!
It’s okay to have dietary restrictions during the holidays. Let that one sink in! I’ve been dairy and gluten free for about 4 years now and the first year I was really nervous about telling my family members!! I didn’t want them to think I was “lame” or less festive. Now, I fully embrace my df/ gf self because I know my stomach is happiest when I eat this way and it’s how I feel best. Although family members might make silly comments at first, remember that doing what’s best for you will allow you to be your best self for others.
Planning ahead can really alleviate stress when it comes to meals, family time, gift giving– EVERYTHING. Usually I’m a last minute gal when it comes to Christmas. However, this year I’m vowing to get ahead of the holidays by decorating early, planning gifts early, and really just to giving myself time! I know for me, getting into the spirit early makes things feel less stressful and more relaxed/ fun.
Indulging during the holidays is NOT going to derail all the hard work you’ve done in the gym or in yoga all year. Three cookies does not equal 10lbs. It’s important to stay mindful of our thoughts surrounding treats and food, especially during this time of year. I am a big believer that it’s more than okay to indulge!! When we give ourselves permission to enjoy treats and favorite meals and they aren’t so scary or “off-limits,” they lose any power and go back to just being enjoyable. You only live once so I think it’s important to indulge!
Don’t fall pressure to spending a year’s savings on holiday gifts if that isn’t in the budget. I feel like this is the reminder we all need!! With all of the holiday sales, gift guides, and shopping it is so easy to go overboard. While it’s amazing to find the perfect gift for loved ones in your life, don’t feel like you need to go overboard if it isn’t financially feasible. Your worth is not tied to the gifts you give or receive!
Finding a way to give back in a way that resonates with you, your family, and friends will bring the most joy of all!
This can be volunteering, picking a family for secret Santa, donating your time, or anything that feels meaningful.
I am wishing you all the most joyful start to the holiday season! I will be sharing some gift guides but wanted to first share some of my mindset tips and point out what’s really important.