Top 10 Tips to Help You Enjoy (and Survive!) the Holidays

by | Dec 20, 2015 | Comments

I hope you’re getting excited for the holidays and spending time surrounded by family and friends. And by that I mean not letting the holidays take their toll on your life and happiness. Sometimes we juggle so much around the holidays we don’t realize how much stress we’re taking on.  We all run around like chickens with our heads cut off desperately trying to live up to everyone’s unrealistic expectations, including our own. So I thought I would offer up a few tips to offset the stress and help you ENJOY, not just survive, the holidays. First ask yourself these questions and take a few moments to consider your answers:

  • What are my intentions for myself for the holidays?
  • What are my intentions for my family and friends for the holidays?

Notice I use the word “intentions” instead of “expectations”. The word intention implies you are doing something on purpose. The word expectations means you are hoping to get something accomplished. Now ask yourself those same questions and see if any of your answers changed. With those intentions set in your mind and heart, check out my top 10 tips for keeping you on track during the holidays.

  1. Let your friends & family know about your goals and intentions; invite them to support you in achieving something so important to you.
  2. Celebrating with a holiday dinner out? Prepare and plan ahead! Check out the restaurant’s website to find healthy options ahead of time.
  3. Overwhelmed with office pot lucks & holiday parties? Bring your own healthy food options…but bring enough to share! This lets you stick to your nutrition plan and party on!
  4. MOVE! MOVE! MOVE! Instead of plopping your ass on the couch, plan an activity and burn some of those calories while bonding with family and friends.
  5. Create a safe, healthy environment with supportive loved ones. This is no “woe-is-me” situation! You’re working hard to make your health and wellness a priority, which benefits everyone around you.
  6. Remind yourself why you set these goals. Pause before each choice to consider your decisions. Will that tin of Christmas cookies be worth it afterwards?
  7. Steal moments during bathroom breaks to pause and focus on what’s important. While washing your hands, take a few seconds to look at yourself in the mirror and love what you see. If you do this, you will be less likely to self-sabotage and make poor decisions.
  8. Share your knowledge with loved ones but don’t shove it down their throats. These goals are your own and while you’d like their support, they don’t need to follow them. But you may be surprised by how much you inspire others!
  9. Create a new tradition that involves getting outdoors. Go for a holiday hike. Play a friendly game of football. This keeps your body moving and gives everyone something to look forward to each year.
  10. Repeat the Fitness180 motto: Eat. Live. Love.

Don’t try to achieve all of these at once. You have enough stress preparing for the holidays, in-laws, or travel. Pick a few to adopt this holiday season and you’ll appreciate your smart decisions long after the wrapping paper is thrown away. God bless everyone & enjoy a happy, healthy holiday season!