MY POSITIVI “TREE” THROUGH THE HOLIDAYS
As a Holistic Health Coach, my focus is on the “whole person”, it’s not just about nutrition and exercise. Sleeping well, managing stress & taking care of yourself mentally and emotionally is just as important.
We all want balance in our lives but that is a very difficult thing to achieve. We associate balance with perfection and we have to accept that nothing is perfect.
How I stay positive during the season:
- I HAVE TO COME FIRST. I know I have to take care of myself and my body. This means staying on my exercise routine, which by the way is proven to be the #1 anti-depressant.
Secondly, I stay focused on making healthier food choices most of the time. I choose carefully on what I want to indulge in.
2. I STRIVE TO SPREAD POSITIVITY & ENJOY THE SEASON.It’s easy to get down and stressed but it’s important to be the positive person and block out negativity- set the tone! I am also trying not to complain. Do fun activities to enjoy the season and try not to make it all about “chores”. Getting together with family or friends to bake cook, wrap or shop, it makes a huge impact on your mood as well.
3. I PRACTICE MODERATION AND PLAN AHEAD.I pick and choose what I really want ( mostly Christmas cookies) but also practice portion control. This prevents me from gaining weight come January. I also pay attention to if I’m feeling run down, sick, bloated or fatigued. Eating right, exercising, lots of water, and taking care of my body boosts my energy! I MAKE LISTS. Writing down a quick list at night or in the morning helps manage stress. Prioritize each item from most important to least. Set a goal for what you want to accomplish.
4. I CELEBRATE MY GOALS AND PROGRESS. I try to make a goal and plan ahead when I’m going out or to a party. I then can be so proud of my accomplishments at the end of the night. We have the power to do good things for our bodies. Also know you can get back on track if you eat a couple of cookies. Regret only makes you feel worse and may lead to more overindulging and negative feelings.
5. I do random acts of kindness. Doing nice things for others also helps you feel better. Occasionally I pay for the person behind me in the drive thru.