The holiday season is fast approaching so I want to arm you with my favorite tips on keeping your health in check as we approach 2013.
I have narrowed it down to 3 simple things that you can do NOW to keep your health–mentally, emotionally and physically in great shape as we head into the most overindulgent and emotionally taxing time of year.
1. Chill out and Check in. By this I mean–take some down time EVERY SINGLE DAY to check in with yourself. I can hear you griping–who has time for that, Aimee? And to that I say–you do! Steal a few minutes out of your busy day to sit and breathe. Just, breathe. My recommendation–find a quiet place (or put some headphones in) and breathe. Take 10 long, deep breaths–in through your nose and out through your mouth. While your taking these luxurious stress-reducing breaths, check in with yourself. Ask yourself, how am I feeling? Taking this brief moment to tune in with yourself will help you stay grounded and in the moment so that you can make the best decisions for your health and happiness. It may sound funny, but I often sneak off to the ladies room and steal my chill out and check in time in the stall. It not only grounds me and helps me focus, but it energizes me. Try it!
2. Everything in moderation. Of course, you hear this one all the time. But, I think its especially important during this time of year. By moderation I mean–eat one of the chocolate candies on your co-workers desk. Not three of them. Eat two bites of the dessert at dinner, not ten. Have 2 drinks, not 4. Go to some of the holiday parties–not all of them. Take it easy on yourself. Don't overbook yourself or overextend yourself Allow for some indulgences, but keep them moderate. When you are moderate you will feel better and likely have a sense of pride in yourself for making “smart” choices. And, when you are moderate you will feel a greater sense of ease in your day to day life which will keep your stress levels to a minimum and keep you feeling healthy and sane.
3. Appreciate, appreciate, appreciate. This is something I do every day, and I think you should too. And, during the holiday season, I think its even more important to take a step back and look at your life and find all the things that you appreciate in it. Even if you are feeling blue there has to be at least one thing you have in your life that makes you feel good. Take time each day to write down just 3 things that you appreciate in your life. It could be as simple as: I appreciate the 8 hours of sleep I got last night. Or something more deep, like: I appreciate the friendship I have with ______________. I often take time while I'm commuting to the office to list 3 things I appreciate; often I write them in an email to myself. Appreciating is a great way to shift your mood from negative or lackful to positive and abundant. Life is good–it is. Don't ever forget it 🙂
I hope these tips are helpful. I hope you use them. And, remember to like or comment on this blog on my Facebook page and help me raise money for my favorite charity: Wellness in the Schools. For each comment and like, I will donate money to this amazing organization and help educate children about the importance of wellness!