How to survive the holidays

How are you doing? Like, REALLY doing?

This is a hard time of year for so many people. It can be very stressful, emotional, and draining both mentally and physically. I feel it, and I know a lot of others do too. But how many times do you even ask someone how they are doing? People get so caught up in the craziness, the hustle and bustle, they forget to check in with loved ones. OR, you might just forget to check in with yourself.

So, take a moment to SLOW down, breathe, and ask yourself, "How am I really doing?"

I want to help you get through the rest of the year without feeling the weight of the world on your shoulders (as I sit here typing this I feel like I have a cement block in both of my shoulders, so I know how you feel, which is why I decided to write this today). These are some of the methods I have used and am practicing now to get myself through the stressful holiday season. I feel more emotional stress this year than anything else, mainly because I'm thousands of miles away from my family, and I will be spending both Thanksgiving and Christmas alone. But I am determined not to let myself be overcome with stress, because it's not healthy and it's not worth it. If you feel it too, try these things:

  1. BREATHE. Slow, deep breaths is one of the best, and my favorite, ways to deal with stress. The body literally cannot hold onto stress and anxiety when we actually deep breathe. I like to lie down on the floor and breathe deeply from the belly. Most people breathe from their chest, and that just causes stress to escalate.

  2. Increase your water intake. It's easy to get dehydrated in the winter when temps are cooler and you're cold. But it's just as important to stay hydrated now as it is during the summer. Try tea or add some electrolytes if you get bored of drinking plain water. I just added electrolytes and it's really helping me. I just can't get myself to drink tea lol.

  3. SLEEP. Make it a priority. Sleep is your best friend. It will help you recover, and it is totally underrated.

  4. YOGA. This is one of the best ways to let go and slow down. If you're a high stress, always on the go person like me, this will do you good. It's one of the only ways I am able to finally slow down, clear my head, and release stress from my body.

  5. WORKOUT. Lift weights. Do some cardio. Do some of both!! Just because we are in the holiday season does not mean you have an excuse to slack or avoid your training sessions. Even if it's just a half hour, it will help. I promise :) Movement is one of the best ways to release stress in the body.

  6. JOURNAL. Release those thoughts and emotions on paper. Write it out. It's very therapeutic. Give it a try.

  7. CONNECT. With a friend, a loved one, your family. Being lonely is something I am very familiar with, and I know others are too. But still aim to connect with those who matter to you. You will feel better.

  8. TIME OUT. Take a time out when you need it. Give yourself a little grace. Everything that needs to get done will get done. But you can't keep GIVING if you are empty and drained. You need to put yourself first and give yourself some self care.

  9. UNPLUG. Do something that makes you feel happy, whether that's reading a book, watching a Christmas movie, or doing something festive. Set aside all your tasks for a little bit and give yourself a mental break.

  10. MINDSET- ok, saved the best for last :) I just talked with a client today about this. STOP STRESSING about the food and possibility of gaining weight. The average person only gains less than a pound over the holidays. Stick to your plan the best you can, get your workouts in, and don't overthink it. Just have a plan for those holiday meals, and the rest of the time, stick to your meal plan. Also, instead of focusing on losing weight if that's your goal, just focus on maintaining. Take some of that pressure off yourself.

I hope these help!! Message me and let me know. If you need some extra guidance and support during the holidays, I'm here. I'm also taking on new clients. You don't have to wait til the first of the year to get started. I already have people ready to start now, and you will be that much further ahead than if you waited :)

Have a fabulous Christmas! Sending ya'll lots of love from balmy Texas!!

~ Janae

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