Yes, it’s true…only 80 days left until… CHRISTMAS! and only, well I’ll let you do the math for New Year’s!
Studies have shown that from now until the end of the year is the most stressful time. And that’s already on top of the continuum of life; relationship issues, weight, illness, kids, bills, car trouble, job problems, elderly parents, etc.
Do you want to enjoy the festive season?
Do you want to decrease your stress?
Do you want to be able to sleep soundly?
Do you want to prevent holiday weight gain?
Here are my Top Ten Seasonal Tips to empower you to enjoy and thrive through the season and beyond!
1) Choose for you. Do your choices work for you or is your mind and body screaming help?! Ask yourself “Why” you’re not choosing what works for you. Then proceed and make the best choices for you.
2) Be aware of “stress” choices. These are choices that you make purely out of stress. Give yourself a moment to rethink your options and take the right next step.
3) EAT! Yes, eat, every 2-4 hours depending on what works best for you. I like an empty stomach in-between meals but I know people who do better with eating every 2 hours. Again, discover what works best for you.
4) Plan ahead. Carry with you healthy snacks: cherry tomatoes, cucumber sticks, celery with organic peanut butter (with or without raisins), carrots, and/or an apple work well for in-between meal snacks.
5) Limit beverages during meal time. Meals are a time to take in nutrient-dense food. Drink water in-between meals.
6) Find a healthy outlet for your stress. Our emotions manifest physically so it only makes sense to find some kind of physical activity to get the stress out. From walking to joining a volleyball league, to cleaning your house, get moving for 15 minutes or less a day. And Repeat! Small, intermittent bursts of energy release is the most effective.
7) Talk it out. Talk to someone that you feel comfortable with. Holding thoughts and emotions in can wreak havoc on your body and mind.
8) Limit alcohol. It is high in non-nutritive calories, causes sleep disturbances and inhibits the absorption of essential vitamins.
9) Avoid second helpings. Embrace every bite by being present for the meal. You’ll find you’ll enjoy the meal while eating less of it.
10) This too shall pass. Keep life in perspective.