How to Feel Good.... Even (Especially!) During the Holidays
We are in the thick of it.
Christmas is a week away, New Year’s right on it’s heels.
This is the time of year where most of us just throw in the towel.
“Forget it. I’m going to watch Netflix, scroll social media, and eat and drink everything in sight for the next two weeks”.
We do this because in the back of our minds we’re thinking….
“January is only 2 weeks away… I might as well just enjoy myself now, and then I’ll go on that diet/start that exercise program in the New Year.”
And all the eating, drinking, social media, shopping etc… is fun and enjoyable…. in the moment.
We love that hit of immediate pleasure…. but then we have a guilt and shame hangover from too many sweets, glasses of wine and/or visits to the cheese plate.
You know the thoughts.
“UGH! I can’t believe I ate all of that at the holiday brunch…. I barely fit into my clothes…. I drank way too much Champagne last night…. I can’t believe I said that to my cousin… I just wasted the whole day on Facebook and I have a million things to do….”
Why do that for the next two weeks/3 months/lifetime??
If you don’t want to feel guilty, disappointed, and uncomfortable in your skin, please know there is another way.
Yes, even during this time of year where we’ve normalized overdoing it and excess.
Here’s the plan that’s going to help you enjoy the next two weeks, and head into 2022 with a newfound trust in yourself and your ability to make decisions that support your health and well-being.
It's not about non-stop Netflix, or even working out endlessly to counteract all the calories My Fitness Pal says you are consuming.
There is DEFINITELY no weighing food, skipping meals, or cheat days.
It doesn’t involve endless hours of useless scrolling through social media or even going to every possible holiday party so you can escape yourself for a while.
Check back in with YOU.
Go forward with intention and awareness using the Three Pillars: Move + Nourish + Connect.
So it’s ultra important to do something every single day that connects you to yourself.
Don’t let business, parties, family obligations and hectic schedules prevent you from checking in with yourself.
It’s from this place of internal trust that you can extend authentic connection out toward others.
I LOVE the STOP practice as a way to come back to yourself.
Stop: Physically pause your body.
Take a Breath: It can be a single mindful breath or a 10 minute breathing practice. Whatever works best in the situation.
Observe: How do you feel?Notice body sensations, the pace and depth of your breath, your pulse, any tightness in your chest, thoughts that come up etc… Curiosity is key here, not judgment.
Proceed: With a little more intention, just from this simple practice. You might continue on with whatever it was you were going to do. That’s fine! You’re laying down the foundations of trust bit by bit, reminding yourself each time that you already know the answers, you don’t need others to tell you what they are.
The more you practice, the more it becomes second nature to check IN instead of checking OUT.
Keep these 3 Pillars in mind as you move through these next few weeks.