HOLIDAY GUIDE TO THRIVE
The Holiday season is by far the most wonderful time of the year! However if you are not conscious of the stress triggers associated with holiday parties, shopping and family, things can really snowball out of control quickly. The Fit and Fearless community aspires to promote well-being regardless of the season; radiating joy and cheer to people all over the world, so if you find yourself wondering if Santa or your friends have you closer to the naughty list this holiday season take a look at The Fit and Fearless’s “Holiday Guide To Thrive” and be a positive example for your family and community.
1.) Keep healthy energizing snacks on hand
It’s certain one of the gifts most people would ask for during the holidays is more time in their day. If only there was a way to add an extra hour, or 5! While changing our days from 24 hours to 25 hours is not possible, and of course the other solution, sleep less is still compromising a harmonious balance in our lives, the best advice is to PREPARE. Not only does meal and snack preparation allow for more time in your day, but it also ensures you will have enjoyable healthy food at your finger tips. No longer do you have to be subjected to dreaded processed fast foods and convenient mart snacks. Steph is a genius when it comes to simple healthy recipes and proactive meal preparation. Check out some amazing ideas on her site www.stephhendel.com. Who knows what inspiration will come from a few of her simple recipes.
2.) Know your unique nutritional needs (If you don’t hire a coach)
Knowing what snacks and meals allow your body to thrive is very important to reducing stress through the holidays. This knowledge can be achieved by knowing your unique nutritional needs. Assessment of these needs is based on many factors so if this is a new subject to you, consider hiring a health coach to learn more about your unique nutritional needs. And if you are the type who likes to experiment and learn by trial then begin keeping a food diary and log how you feel after each meal or snack you ingest for 2 weeks. This will at least give you proper direction towards understanding your body’s response to different food sources. Once the most energizing food sources are established, then refer to www.stephhendel.com for ways in which you can ensure abundance of these amazing power foods.
3. Make shopping a fun game!
Many of our community members complain that they also have trouble finding time to visit the gym between work and holiday shopping. We at The Fit and Fearless community say “Make the world your playground!” How, you ask? Well, whether you are shopping in the mall or going grocery shopping for a holiday feast, remember to make shopping time play time. I’m certain you have at least thought far enough ahead in your work day to bring workout clothes in the car. If you currently do not, then now is the time to begin another new Fit and Fearless lifestyle habit (at least have your walking/running shoes handy).
4.) Turn your car into a transformation station
Speaking of crazy people; inevitably we are going to see an increase in traffic during the holiday season. while this may appear to be a hindrance to many, you can capitalize on this extended car drive time all season long by turning your car into a sacred shrine for transformation. We are constantly being bombarded with unnecessary media and advertisements through our radios. Why not utilize the time to train your brain for the better of you? Educational, motivational or meditative cd’s and ipod tracks are perfect for any length of car ride. You could begin learning that foreign language you keep mentioning, long before your New Year’s resolution. Maybe listen to your favorite motivational speaker who inspires you to maintain optimistic outlooks throughout your day. Even meditative tracks can be of great service in shifting paradigms and removing holiday stress. Just make sure to keep your eyes open!
5.) Bring your own healthy recipes to parties and dinners
Another great stressor of the holidays can be all the food we are expected to indulge in while visiting visiting family and friends. I don’t care how fearless you are, reigning victorious over the penetrating star of a homemade holiday dessert table can be a grueling task for even the most disciplined people. And of course no one wants to offend their family and friends by refusing desserts their loved ones spent tireless hours creating! If you find yourself at this crossroads, then take matters into your own hands. There is absolutely nothing wrong with indulging in a little holiday delight. In fact if there is ever a time to walk outside the lines let it be the holidays. Just do your best to minimize overeating and focus on foods that will nourish your body during the dinner. You can do this by bringing your own Fit and Fearless recipes from www.stephhendel.com to holiday gatherings. Your friends and family will consider you a saint for helping share in the holiday party preparations and you will guarantee yourself a nourishing and energizing meal that will agree with your decision to indulge in an array of holiday desserts! And a little secret; you may want to check out Steph’s dessert page too! You will discover great simple healthy dessert substitutes for traditional holiday desserts.
Now if you do find yourself anxiety ridden because you are locked into the tractor beam of the holiday dessert table, frustrated with increased holiday traffic, or maybe your family is stressing you out because for some reason things can never be simple with them. Never fear, just breathe! Whether you are experiencing holiday anxiety or depression give this simple four count breathing technique a try, it will change your life.
Yes we know this sounds like a cliche idea, however it works! The idea is to sit in private and breathe in through your NOSE for four counts. Even if you’re in the middle of a party you can excuse yourself to the restroom or a nearby bedroom and perform this exercise for as little as 5 to 6 breathes or as long as 15 minutes. The technique should begin with a moderate 4 count breath in, hold the breath for another 4 counts, and then release the breath for the same 4 counts. This may take a little time to develop a smooth pattern so don’t give up if it’s not natural feeling in the beginning. Also if the 4 count is too intense then begin with a 3 count. If you can develop the habit of beginning your day with this breathing technique you will certainly find a sense of ease not only through the holiday season but the entire year.
Although gift giving has become the staple expression of love and generosity during the holiday season, it is equally important to show your love by being be capable of receiving a gift. While giving gifts is an extremely beautiful and rewarding act, it can lead to much anxiety and depression if the true nature of giving is not understood. Many of us spend countless hours and money stressing over who we should give gifts to and what is a gift worthy of being given as a show of our appreciation for another. To this we ask you, why all the stress, isn’t giving supposed to be fun? When we discuss the idea of being worthy throughout the holiday season, two concepts should be observed.
First, receiving is a form of giving. When you receive a gift, you create an opportunity for the giver to give to you selflessly. The minute you feel guilt about receiving this gift or the immediate need to reciprocate the gift, the energy of giving becomes compromised. By simply accepting the gift with extreme gratitude not only do you give the “gift” of opportunity for someone to be a giver, but you also detach from any anxiety associated with guilt of needing to return the gesture. Remember, if you’re not worthy of simply receiving a gift without expectation then what are you worthy of?
Secondly, we must recognize that your value does not and cannot be measured by material gifts. Do not underestimate the value of your presence to others: your warm hugs, a friendly smile, taking time to listen to your friend vent about all the holiday stress they’ve been experiencing. These actions of love are the gifts people seek from you. Even if they say they want, X,Y and Z. What they really mean is they want connection and love. And if you are set on giving people something to enjoy when you’re not in their presence then consider an inexpensive and simple homemade gift such as The Fit and Fearless 4 Ingredient Chocolate found at www.stephhendel.com or even share this blog post with your loved ones. So don’t hesitate to know your worth this holiday season and give the gift you cannot purchase in any store; your love.
Wishing you and your family all the best this Holiday Season!
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