5 Tips for the Holiday Season

image21. Make a plan:

Decide how you’re going to spend your energy. Analyze your responsibilities and make sure you’re not spreading yourself too thin this holiday season. If you only get one jar of energy per day, how would you divide your energy?

  • Myself
  • Family
  • Hobbies
  • Friends
  • Work
  • Health

2. Keep Your Goals in Mind:

We want to have fun and connect to people at holiday parties, at the same time keeping our health goals in sight. Make a plan and stick to it. If you tell yourself no desserts at the party, don’t have any desserts at the party! Eat a healthy snack that will curb the immediate “I’m so hungry” feeling, veggies and hummus, nut-butter and apples are all healthy choices. Fill up before the the party by drinking a glass of water or two before, or even putting 1tsp-1tbsp of Apple Cider Vinegar in your water helps fill us up. You’ll have so much more fun knowing you’re still working towards obtaining your health goals.

3. “No”… Is not a bad word

“No” is not offensive. Ever find yourself over stressed and feeling like people are pulling you in every direction? A few reasons we say Yes instead of No: Desire to help or be nice, people pleasing, it can feel uncomfortable to say no, told that in order to be kind you say yes, fear of losing a relationship, the fear of missing out and many other messages we were taught over the years. Sometimes it’s asking ourselves, what is the hardest part of saying no? What does it say about me if I say no?

If balance is the desired outcome, develop a plan to create balance between helping others, involving yourself in new experiences, and feeling good with your decisions. And as I say with my clients, LOVE ME SOME BOUNDARIES!

 4. Make time for you!

This time of year can feel overwhelming, from after work parties, work deadlines, social gatherings, and family functions-on top of your already busy daily life! It’s important to carve out time each day for you. That could mean taking 5-30mins to breathe and mediate, take a walk, going to the gym, take a yoga class, or curl up in your most comfy spot in your house to read a book. It’s important for us to nurture ourselves this time of year too.

5. HAVE FUN!

Truly have as much fun as you can! It’s suppose to be a joyful time of year. Whatever that looks like for you, create as much fun and joy that fills you up and you can send that same joy out to the rest of the world. Please, take some time for yourselves this holiday season, your loved one will thank you for it!