Here are my top 10 holiday helpers to hopefully help you to enjoy the holidays more. Its supposed to be a special, magical time of year. It’s not supposed to be about being so busy, buying gifts, being overwhelmed, all of the hustle & bustle. I don’t know about you but I love Christmas, I love this time of year when family & friends come together to laugh, love, make memories, and just be together. Life is so damn serious & negative sometimes, we need to relax and enjoy life. We never stop to enjoy the moments, we always think about all that we have to do, we need to slow down and be in the moment.
So take all or some of these tips and try using them, make this season amazing, don’t be a Scrooge!!
Holiday Helper #1: Exercise a little bit every morning.
Move ~ add movement to your day. Exercise, moving your body. Get up before you start the festivities of the day, go for a walk, yoga. It will give you more energy for the day. When you go for a workout you prime yourself for success, when you are feeling good from exercise you don’t want to over indulge & eat all the junk.
Holiday Helper #2: Keep a journal. Write things down.
When we get overwhelmed it helps to get it out of our heads. Writing it down helps us to make sense of it all. It also helps to remember what’s important, to be grateful, a remember the special moments.
Holiday Helper #3: Don’t let yourself get hungry.
Don’t skip meals. It leads to moodiness, irritability, and then we end binging on the all the holiday treats.
I know you think the best thing you can do is to not eat all day saving all your calories for the holiday meal. But it just leads to over stuffing ourselves & over indulging at one meal only to feel stuffed, bloated, and terrible.
Holiday Helper #4: Set holiday indulging intentions for yourself.
Meaning have a plan. Don’t go into Holiday dinners & parties with no plan or what ends of happening is a free for all for yourself. You get there see all the delicious temptations and end up saying “Oh well it’s a special event it only happens once, I’m going to enjoy this cake, cookies, cheese dip, etc.. (you get the point!). Well that’s okay too, if it was only one night but there tends to be many holiday events so one day leads to 2, to 3, to 4… So, when you go into it with a plan, for instance, I will treat myself to one delicious goodie, I will choose veggies over the pasta so that I can have the cookie, I will drink water between cocktails, this sets up for not going overboard. I promise, you will feel better both mentally & physically the next day if you don’t let yourself go crazy!
Holiday Helper #5: Be easy on yourself
Feeling guilty about indulgences only amps up the stress, leading you right back to the second and third serving of turkey, mashed potatoes, cookies, fudge, cakes… Enjoy your holiday and indulge without beating yourself up. Know that you aren’t going to be perfect, that it is a special day and be easy on yourself. Try your best when you can.
Holiday Helper #6 Choose Healthier Choices
Eat more foods to make you feel better. fill you plate with half veggies instead of the carbohydrate loaded casseroles. Veggies will help you feel full faster & give you energy instead of putting you right to sleep. ¼ of protein and the other ¼ is for enjoying this is where you can add your treat. Yes, you can enjoy life & indulge but in moderation. This is about eating to fuel are bodies not drowning in unhealthy food and then we feel terrible
Holiday Helper #7 Drink Water
Sometime when we feel hungry or have cravings we are actually thirsty, its our bodies way of crying out that it needs water!! Dehydration leads to a lot of issues, it’s so simple yet so many of us forget to drink water because your really have to be intentional about getting all the water your body needs.
You should be drinking half of your body weight in ounces per day. So if you weight 180 then 90 oz. of water per day.
Here are ways water helps you:
- It suppresses your appetite
- Aids in digestion – keeps away bloating & feeling tired
- Water keep our body from retaining water (crazy right!)
- Water helps tell your body know if you are feeling HUNGER OR THIRST!
- Flushes the toxins out of your body ( and this is so important with all the extra sugar & alcohol you may be having over the Holidays)
- And if you are going to be drinking cocktails, water between drinks will help prevent a hangover. Because when we drink alcohol, it leads to dehydration, it depletes our bodies of vitamins, minerals, electrolytes. So by being conscious of how much water you are drinking when you are boozing it up, it will help you feel better the next morning!
Holiday Helper #8 Do something you love. Take care of you.
I know, I know what you are thinking. You are thinking how in the world can I do this when I have so much to do, part of me thinks it too, but I have learned when I take care of me I am so much better as a wife, mom, daughter, friend.
Find the time to do something for you. Even if it’s only 10 mins. This is not selfish, to take care of you. When you are taking care of yourself, you are filling yourself up and then you can give to others from the overflow. If there is no overflow there is nothing to give. Think of the analogy of being on a plane, you have to put your oxygen mask on before putting it on anyone else, if you don’t you may not survive or survive to be there to help someone else.
Holiday Helper #9 Slowing Down Give Thanks / Be Grateful
In regards to eating your meals and enjoying special time of year; Eat slow, deep breathing. You will enjoy your food, and you won’t overstuff yourself. We get so busy & overwhelmed with all the things we think we have to do, all the should, and obligations, we never slow down and take the time to really focus on what the season is really about (and this could be different for so many people, I am not just talking religion here), it’s about the joy of coming together, being with ones we love, giving, showing love, making memories, creating tradition, and enjoying life.
Holiday Helper #10 Choose to be Happy & Have Joy. Choose to Enjoy the Moments
Being Joyful & Happy is Choice. So make the decision that you are going to enjoy this time of year. That damn it no matter what you are not going to let all of the hustle & bustle, gift buying, gift wrapping, to do list, obligations, the should & thinking you have to’s get in the way of you being happy & joyful.
If it brings you joy I say do it, if it brings you feelings of dread or being anxious or thinking of other things you rather do more, then maybe reconsider. I know there are things we will do that we don’t really want to do over Christmas but the entire season doesn’t have to be about everybody else, you can make it enjoyable for you too.
After all, “it is the most wonderful time of the year”!
So make it that way, by deciding that you ARE NOT GOING TO LET IT BE ANY OTHER WAY…
I hope some of these tips truly help you to enjoy the holidays!