Yay! My favorite time of the year- the holidays! Don’t you just love all the decorations, lights, happiness and joy, and spirit of giving in the air during this time of the year? It’s wonderful! I grew up with the American Christmas traditions and just assumed everyone celebrates it the same throughout the world.
But since having the great opportunity to be able to travel around the world these last few years and with the new friends I have been meeting, I realized that this is not the case at all. I love how every country around the world has their own traditions and different holidays this month and in the months ahead. Share your traditions where you come from down below in the comments! I’d love to learn more about your culture!
KEEPING THE HOLIDAY SPIRIT ALIVE, STARTING FROM WITHIN YOU
Is it just me or does it feel like the last Christmas holidays were just yesterday?
Ready or not, the holidays are fast approaching. Before the turkey is even on the dinner table for Thanksgiving, the holidays seem to hit us so fast out of nowhere with the Christmas music already playing in the stores and on the radio, family calling to plan holiday visits, the urge to go shopping for gifts emerges, and everyone coincidentally seem to get sick at the same time as well.
Did you ever think that the overconsumption of high-caloric holiday meals and treats ( but don’t get me wrong SUPER DELICIOUS) , stress and hustle and bustle of the holidays MIGHT be the cause of getting the winter blues, catching a cold or flu during this time of year? This post is a friendly reminder to not forget about YOURSELF at this time of the year. When you are happy, healthy, and NOT breaking the bank to make others feel happy, you will have more holiday joy to share to others to make these holidays even MORE memorable. This might seem so simple but have you ever taken time to do the opposite around this time of the year than what society and the media tells us we should be doing at this time of the year?
I have done this for the FIRST time this year where I have chosen to not partake in ANY stressful holiday gift shopping, planning, and taking time to check in with my physical, financial, and spiritual health. Wow, did I find alot of interesting things out and I am grateful I am putting myself first.
Don't get overwhelmed! If you're gonna get caught in the narrative of media in the whole consumerism story of how you have to make the best holiday dinners ever, buy the best presents for your family, etc., don't forget the true meaning of all these holidays. In case you might have forgotten, which are to create new memories, share quality time with family you don’t get to see throughout the year, and take the time to be grateful for all of your blessings. Remember to not get caught up in everything. Remember yourself and your needs first. You don’t want to put everyone before your own needs because you will end up penting up all of these negative feelings and burst out on some innocent bystander victim who is at the wrong place and the wrong time (ie friends,spouse,kids,etc ) I can admit to this happening to myself tons of times. Don’t be one of those people. And then you see all of these ppl get sick over the holidays. Why? Because of poor habits,overwhelming stress, out of control spending, eating poorly, not getting enough sleep,etc.
7 SMART TIPS ON HOW TO AVOID THE WINTER BLUES THIS HOLIDAY SEASON
1.) Don’t overeat that holiday cake,it’s not worth it…
Put that extra slice down. I’m not saying don’t eat that delicious dessert at all but too much sugar leads to depression, overeating, weight gain, developing Type 2 diabetes. According to the University Of California San Francisco, for a 2,000-calorie diet, 5% should include healthy sugars such as natural sugar that comes from eating fresh fruit. That would be 25 grams. A common standard is limiting daily intake of sugar to 6 tsps (25 g) for women, 9 tsps (38 g) for men. Yet, the average American consumes 19.5 teaspoons (82 grams) every day. That translates into about 66 pounds of added sugar consumed each year, per person. Is eating unhealthy throughout the month worth gaining an extra 5-10 pounds that could take 2-3x much longer or even years to lose than it was to gain? If this is something you have never looked into before, maybe now is a great time to start!
2.) Don’t forget your exercising regimen…
Depending on what line of work you are in, mostly for everyone, this time of the year is the most hectic, especially the retail and restaurant industry, am I right? Everyone is trying to get the end of the year sales bonuses, get together all the yearly reports to turn in, attend all of the holiday office parties to get in cahoots with the higher-ups to get that promotion or deal done that you have been working on for months, and get everything ready for the new year so we can go on holiday vacation. This is the best time for that end of the year stress to kick in and knock us off our healthy wagon. Just 30 minutes a day of some type of physical exercise does wonders for improving your focus, maintaining good circulation of oxygen and bloodflow to your heart, brain and muscles throughout your body, and maintains good muscle and bone strength. The time it takes for you to watch one episode a day of your favorite Netflix or Youtube Red show, you can keep your body healthy for years to come just by spending that same amount of TV time walking outside or lifting weights. Now remove that pile of clothes off your treadmill and prep for the new year hitting the ground running or use that gym membership of yours you bought in January! It misses you!
3.) Get your needed beauty sleep in…
It is recommended to get 7 to 8 hours of sleep a night. I know for sure this is true for myself because I can get pretty cranky if I don’t. Sleep plays an important role in your physical health and emotional well-being. For example, sleep is involved in healing and repair of your heart and blood vessels. Ongoing sleep deficiency is linked to an increased risk of heart disease, kidney disease, high blood pressure, diabetes, and stroke. So get that beauty rest. You don’t want to have dark circles around your eyes and ruin your beautiful face for those holiday pictures and selfies right?
4.) Time Is Money…
Spend your time wisely on things that truly matter to you this holiday season. Is it worth spending 2 hours in line of a retail store to buy gifts for people who might not even use those gifts you give them or overscheduling yourself by going to EVERY holiday party you were invited to? I have learned that most people pretty much just care about themselves and no matter how much time you put into making other people happy, if you aren’t happy yourself, then is it worth it at all?
5.) Breath In, Breathe Out…
When thinking about the holidays, meditation does not come up on many people’s list of things to do, but they DEFINITELY should! This is the best time for meditating! Meditation has so many benefits. What I found to be so effective is take 10-30 minutes while I lie in bed to fall asleep and the first 10-30 minutes when I wake up to meditate and visualize what I want my day to look like and visualize my dreams. Here are a few benefits to taking on meditation into your daily routine. Meditation relaxes the mind, reduces stress, controls anxiety, promotes emotional health, enhances self-awareness, lengthens attention span, may reduce age-related memory loss, can generate kindness and may even help fight addictions.
6.) Don’t forget your name on your holiday shopping list: I don’t mean to keep that sweater or purse you bought for your friend for yourself. I mean I know at this time of the year, we have a long list of gifts to buy for everyone and their brother, decorate the home, plan the holiday dinner menu, organize the trips to the in-laws or prepare the home for the kids and their families when they come home for the holidays. It is a wonderful time of building memories and getting together with family and friends but also do remember your needs. This time of the year can be very demanding as well. This year was the first time I planned and cooked the Thanksgiving dinner for 15 people and that was PRETTY crazy. I started to get a cold afterwards and just recovering now. Self pampering is a must
7.) Give your credit card a break: Don’t get caught up in the pressuring media to shop,shop shop. Remember the true meaning of the holidays and don’t get caught up in craze to be the best lit and decorated house on the block or get the best presents out of all your friends or family members. Yes, there is all the trill in the hunt for the best gift or best decorations, but seeing the credit card debt hike up after the holidays won’t be too much fun later down the road. All of those materialistic things really do not have much meaning when you really look at it for what they are at face value. Soak in the laughter, the joy, the current moment you have to spread love to family and friends. THAT’S the true meaning of the holidays.
Enjoy this time of year! I wish all the happiness, love, and joy to you and your loved ones this holiday season!
Crystal Lynn Page
If you would like to talk to someone about how to handle the holiday stress in your life or want to schedule some personal time with yourself to tackle these holidays the right way, I will be happy to schedule one-on-one time with you. I have holiday specials for private and group sessions going on from now until the end of the year. Click on the link below to book your appointment now!