Bring Mindfulness into the Holiday Season
The holidays are an exciting time of the year. Yet, they also offer a different change of pace, especially when compared to your regular grind. This can quickly throw a wrench into your health and wellness goals.
You might feel overwhelmed by the amount of family time and be in desperate need of more alone time. Or you might find you slip when it comes to your nutrition or movement routines. And that’s okay! After all, the holidays are meant to be enjoyed.
But you can take a proactive approach ahead of time and plan accordingly, allowing you to get what you need while also giving to those you love.
So, here are a few tips to help you get through the holidays and come out the other side without guilt shame clouding your new year.
TIP #1: Stay Mindful of What You Eat
This sounds easier said than done. But don’t let the holidays become a time where you ignore your hunger or satiety cues. Stay mindful here. It may even help before gatherings to eat a nutritious meal ahead of time. Then, when you arrive, you’ll be less tempted by all the holiday foods available. And if you do eat, pay attention to how you feel. While you should definitely enjoy any foods you love, you should also be aware of how your body feels and whether or not you’re feeling full. I also recommend deciding how many glasses of champagne or wine you intend to have. This can help prevent you from going overboard. So, set a number and stick to it!
TIP #2: Plan Time for Movement
The holidays can quickly turn into a busy and stressful time. You head from one family dinner to the next. Yet, with COVID this year, many people are sticking to smaller or household gatherings. And this can really work in your favor. You can easily plan time for movement. While you don’t necessarily need to go to the gym, you can plan a family or household hike. Or set time aside for a yoga session each week. Remember, the human body was made to move, so ensure you’re giving it what it needs whether that’s through a simple walk every day or by planning set times to complete a workout.
TIP #3: Always Respond with Kindness
With family, the holidays can pose a stressful scenario for some. While you can’t control the actions of others, you can control you. Show compassion. Be kind. Usually, those that are being difficult are in some kind of pain. Yet, you can make this a little easier for them and you. While you’re at it, consider extending kindness to those that are alone this holiday season. Send them a message letting them know you care or drop off a gift basket.
TIP #4: Take Time Alone
It’s okay to need time by yourself. In fact, we all need this time once in a while. If you need to say ‘no,’ do it. That way, when you do attend social gatherings or family get-togethers, you’ll feel your best and be able to give your best.
And lastly… don’t forget to enjoy the holidays! It’s a time for festive cheer and fun. Stay present in the moment. Actively listen during conversations. Make those memories. This is where the true magic of the holiday season really lies!