To-do lists are growing.
House decorations need to be changed to the next holiday.
The house needs an overall scrubbing (don’t forget the ever-growing pile of laundry)
Pantry and fridge are bare-bones.
Even with the best organization systems in place, life can take over, and increase the speed of the treadmill to a pace you simply cannot maintain. It's very easy to adopt the attitude of, "It's going to fall apart anyway, so why not just brace for impact?"
What if this holiday season could be different? What if we started January 1, 2018, knowing we set the intentions for the holiday season and not the other way around?
It's time to let go of the unrealistic expectations of a perfect holiday home, a Pinterest worthy table, and being on the go from BEFORE the sun comes up, to well past our bedtimes.
But how do we do that?
It begins with you. Your approach to each week and the time you take to recharge throughout the day makes all the difference.
I can hear you already. “Are you crazy? There is way too much to be done to take time for myself!”
But here’s the bottom line: Not taking care of yourself will make you incapable of taking care of those around you, and will leave you wishing you had different memories of the holiday season. Self-care doesn't have to be a day at the spa (although that's a fabulous idea) or weekend away. Simple stolen moments are enough some days to keep us more focused and present.
So, if you don't want to start the New Year feeling tired, overwhelmed, and longing for a holiday season you missed out on, here are my top suggestions for a 10-minute time out and recharge:
If these suggestions appear simple, it's because self-care doesn't have to be complicated or another tedious obligation!
Are you ready to take care of you so you can truly take care of those around you and be present this holiday season?
Would you like to actually stay on track with your health goals this year, like you say you will do every year?
Would you like to do so in a fun way with a lot of awesome support?
If you are thinking, “Heck Yeah!”, then I would love to have you as part of my Fit & Festive Challenge.
Starting December 4th through the 25th you will be part of an awesome group of women who are looking to THRIVE, not just survive this holiday season.
Included in the program:
Learn more and join here!
One step at a time. A simple quote to live by, but this week it’s meaning is literal.
We ran the NY marathon on Sunday and the process of walking down steps are a constant reminder of every hill on the course. OUCH!
There is a lot of time to think while running a marathon…26.2 miles to be exact. The main thoughts move through this is exciting, wow this is hard, who’s stupid idea was this, and if I don’t die before the end I will never do this again.
In between all those thoughts it is a time of reflection and contemplation. This race I ran (sorry couldn’t resist) through the next 8 weeks of the holiday season and if the mileage didn’t increase my heart rate, my to-do list did!
Are you kidding me? Calendars and schedules dictate our week and ultimately influence our emotional well-being or feelings of success. We haven’t even taken down the Halloween decorations and the feeling of beginning the New Year behind is front and center.
Not. This. Year.
Just as I had a choice in committing to run a marathon, we have a choice how the holiday season and New Year will begin. Don’t get me wrong, there are obligations and appointments that cannot be missed, but the rest of the time is ours to decide how it will be spent or how we approach each day.
Your Season, Your Way:
Leave behind the stress of the season and make this the one where you are in control. Commit to what are your priorities and take it one step at a time.
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