The holidays are the perfect opportunity for a cheat day (week). Luckily, I think there’s more to health than calorie intake, so by all means, forget about portion control and eat up! If you are unaware of my model of health, it accounts for facets of well-being outside of our physical body, and you can read more about it here. Use the holidays as a time to recharge mentally while you veg out physically.
Being thankful is a state of mind, and the holidays are a great time to re-evaluate your blessings. It’s so easy to get caught up in negative thinking. Social media has really perpetuated this problem. We see peoples’ social media lives and immediately make comparisons to our reality. Comparisons are human, and it’s okay to make them. However, you need to recognize the distorted realities that are being portrayed online, and you need to learn to be okay with your own reality.
Focusing on what’s good in your life is a great coping skill. This doesn’t mean ignore the bad – trust me we all have mountains to climb. But why think about the bad if you aren’t doing so constructively? Rolling it around in your head until you feel ill helps no one. So when you aren’t actively solving your life’s problems, turn your attention to your many blessings!
Recognize that being thankful starts with the small things. It’s easy to be thankful for a promotion or the car you saved up to buy, but realize that waking up today was a gift in itself. Seeing the festive decor, hearing your loved ones voices, and tasting the pie… just to be is magical, and to be well in life’s turbulence is nothing short of miraculous.
In our fast-paced world, what an incredible blessing it is to be able to gather around the table and share a meal. Enjoy your time with family, friends, or even just yourself – I’m not telling you how to live your holiday; I’m just reminding you to live your best life!
From my family to yours, happy holidays!