I hope this finds you all well and healthy … as always!!! Well … it’s still raining!! Don’t complain … you were praying for this stuff just a little while ago!!!
It seems crazy to think that Thanksgiving is just a couple weeks away. This is the second week of 3 to chat with you about “surviving the holidays”. That is; your eating / your stress / your exercise. These are just “sniglets” of the real lecture I’ll be giving at the Y on November 12th at 11:30a. Signup at the front desk and come see it LIVE and IN PERSON …. Yeah, it’ll be fun and lively!
Surviving The Holidays
Let’s talk about your stress!
- Keep a regular routine
- Don’t expect the “perfect” holiday
- Stay connected
- Sometimes you have to say NO to yet another party
- Be good to yourself
Keep a regular routine
A change in routine can lead to additional stress. Try to hit the sack at your usual hour, exercise at your normal time, go to meetings that you normally go to, and stick to as normal a diet as you possibly can.
Don’t expect a “perfect” holiday
So many of us have an idealized version of what the holidays should be like and are very disappointed when they don’t live up to those expectations. Try to be realistic, remember, nobody has a perfect holiday.
Make sure to leave time to spend with friends and/or family who value you. And if they don’t live close by, call them for a “reality check”, for some “grounding”. Remember to ask for support if you need it.
Sometimes you gotta say NO
It’s OK to say no when you’re asked to do more than you can. It’s fine to say no to some invitations and fine to say no to those asking for favors. Remember, this is your holiday too!
Be good to yourself
If you’re feeling a bit overwhelmed, pamper yourself; do what you need to do to feel energized and top-notch. You can’t give what you don’t have, so if you’re out of energy … stop and recharge your batteries. Take a walk, get a massage, go to church, spend time alone, go to a movie … whatever it takes for you to “get back where you want to be”.
Remember, this is your holiday too and you have to be there for yourself just like you are for everyone else.
See you at the gym!!!