Holiday Health and Happiness
Simple Tools for Finding Joy
Here are some simple tools for staying sane and finding joy during this crazy fun time of year and beyond!
You are what you think about the most.
What would you like to focus on this holiday season?
Mistletoe Morning Intention
Before your mind goes to autopilot, lay in bed for a few minutes and choose thoughts that will create your idea day.
- How would you like to feel, how would you like to connect, who would you want to connect with, what kind of food and exercise choices would you like to make, etc.
- Keep a notebook next to you to capture “to do” items that distract you from setting your intention.
- Make a list of your “I am” statements
Fa La La La Food
Food fuels your body, mind and experiences. If you’re not eating often enough or eating too many “intense” foods (sugar, caffeine, dairy, red meat, alcohol, processed foods/flours), your machine doesn’t have what it needs to run correctly ~ you won’t have the energy you need for clear thought, decision making, mood stability, ability to listen, be productive or enjoy the season!
Eat within an hour of getting up:
- Hard boiled egg & whole grain toast or berry smoothie with protein powder
- Oatmeal cooked in a crock pot overnight, add berries, stevia or maple syrup
- Low-fat unsweetened yogurt with ground flax, almond slivers and berries
Instead of reaching for caffeine or holiday cookies, fuel up with proteins, carbs and fats
- Apple and 3/4 cup of almonds, pecans or walnuts or a “Kind” bar
- Starbucks hummus with whole grain pita
- Celery with almond butter
LUNCH AND DINNER
Have some staple “go to” items on hand at home and remember to:
- Avoid the sauces and dressings – tons of sugar which will cause energy to drop
- Have leftovers (make more when you cook and have it again), use the crock pot!
- Make a commitment to have green salads 3 tims per week with beans, chicken or fish
PARTIES AND RESTAURANTS
The 80/20 rule applies!
- Limit how much you’ll drink ~ keeps you alert and cuts down on wasted calories
- Fill up on healthy good before you go ~ don’t save up your calories for the party!
- Real, clean choices like veggies, olives, skewers, nuts vs. dips, cheese, puff pastries and fried foods
- Substitute refined white sugar with stevia, honey, maple syrup, brown rice syrup and use whole grain flours like quinoa and rice flour for white flour
Your ability to manage stress, improve your mood and manage your weight all come from moving your body. Now might not be the best time for P90X, just do what you like~
- 30 minutes per day of walking is ideal
- Find a buddy
- Nike+ app by Motionx
- Get creativee ~ get our your flashlight app and walk in the dark, pilates ball as your chair
Gift of Time
We tend to operate from the “can’t have fun ’til the week is done” philosophy which keeps us from joy. We ALL have 168 hours per week. How will you choose to spend your time?
- Get a planner
- Create a list of the things that bring your joy
- In 1 hour or 2 hour increments, fill in your weekly calendar with “appointments” for things that bring you joy, and support your wellness goals (exercise, meal planning, soul dates, social time, holiday party, card preparation, etc.)
- If you have work, home, personal or family projects that need to be completed, schedule those now on your head and you have a plan for getting them done.
- Make and keep your commitment to happiness and wellbeing. You can do anything for an hour or two!
Naughty & Nice List ~ To Don’ts For You To Do’s
hroughout the day as to do items come up, slot them on your calendar and not jus on a monster big “to do” list. Keep a project list with one page started for each project, which will give you the freedom to add in the bite-sized pieces without having to tackle the whole things.
If your mind is always busy, there isn’t room for new thoughts, ideas and solutions to find their way in. Take the time throughout the day to breathe deeply, be silent ~ even schedule it f you have to! It will clear your mind, give you energy and reset your mood.
Nutcracker New Thoughts
Your mind doesn’t know the difference between thought and reality. When you recognize the voice of habit in your head that isn’t nice or encouraging, recognize it, and create a new thought that does. I call this “nice” practice. Just practice being nice to yourself and it will become a habit too!
Keep a list of non-food related celebrations available in your journal or in your mind. When you keep or follow through with your holiday, wellness and happiness related appointments, celebrate!! It can be simple and easy ~ you just have to choose to make time for it.
Evergreen Evening Reflection
This is the most amazing way to keep your momentum going! At the very end of the day, go through a mental checklist of all the things you are grateful for. Next, list your “I am” statements. Your subconscious mind marinates these thoughts overnight and creates for you!
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