I know for many people the holidays are so go-go-go that the day is over before you know it and you feel like nothing has been accomplished. Therefore, another strategy I encourage is scheduling "keep calm" breaks when you wake up each morning. There is no time more peaceful than the first few minutes when your eyes open, and my goal for you is that you keep this sacred moment filled with calmness.
Don’t look at your to-do list!
Don’t check your email!
Don’t make a phone call!
Don’t jump out of bed!
Simply take the first 5 - 10 minutes of each day and keep these reserved for yourself.
Close your eyes, take several deep breaths and meditate or relax. Imagine yourself in a beautiful place, think of a happy memory or visualize yourself succeeding at a cherished goal. I am telling you, this will TRANSFORM your day if you make it a ritual.
Also, keep in mind that you can take 1 - 5 minute long relaxation breaks to calm yourself down at any point during the day. A few moments of conscious, slow breathing can help you when you’re feeling frustrated during the holiday season and beyond.
One of the best ways to keep calm, content, and cheerful this time of year is to act generously with your loved ones, colleagues, and friends. This does not mean you need to spend a ton of money or do outlandish things, but the act of giving is the most rewarding experience you can create for yourself.
Whether this means giving your time.
Whether this means giving a small gift.
Whether this means writing a note.
Whether this means expressing gratitude.
You can define generosity however it is best for you, but during this holiday season, make a commitment to experience the gift of helping the people you care about most. This is the ultimate solution to creating a stress-free holiday!
As Anne Frank so eloquently said, “No one has ever become poor by giving.”
I really want to empower you to take action this year because you deserve to THRIVE. Taking control of your food, movement, and stress is within reach, and the ideas we discussed will help guide you during this time of year.
Yes, the holidays will be stressful.
Yes, you will be exposed to tons of food.
Yes, you might need to spend time with people you do not enjoy.
Yes, travel will be exhausting.
But this year will be different because you are prepared to put your health first.
Prove to yourself you CAN DO IT and watch what happens to all of the goals you set in your life.
I know you have what it takes to make this holiday season different and I am excited to be part of this experience!
I hope you’re feeling motivated, inspired, informed, and not TOO overwhelmed!!
Positive, proactive feelings of motivation and inspiration will serve as the energy you need to propel forward, take on these healthy holiday habits, and dramatically improve your quality of life.
The holidays are notoriously busy for all, and I hope this information was helpful and an educational experience for you.
Once again, if you ever need any additional guidance or support, please don’t hesitate to reach out!
I am deeply passionate about helping people become the very best versions of themselves.
“Avoid the trap of “Holiday Thinking.” Special occasions come and go, but good health stays with you forever.” - Unknown
Go forth and do great things!! I believe in you!!