Are you ready for this to finally be the year you don't overbook yourself, promise your time to anyone who asks for it and enter the new year frazzled, stressed and unhappy?
Does that sound like an impossibility? I know it can sound that way, for sure. But with a few implementations, you can be well on your way to sanity in January... I promise!
Choose only the parties you really want to attend. You don't have to be everywhere at once and it is much more enjoyable for you to connect with others at the parties you'd on't feel obligated to be at.
You also don't have to throw a huge holiday party yourself. How about a holiday potluck where everyone brings a dish? Delegate out your tasks and let the responsibility fall on everyone, not just you. Potlucks are actually really fun!
While you're delegating out, get some help cleaning out those closets. Gather all of your items that you no longer need or use, bag them up and take them to shelters for donations to those in nee...
Staying on track with your weight loss goals during the holidays can be hard with all of the tempting goodies around. If you don't want to pass on the sweet treats altogether, there are tweaks you can make to recipes to contribute to making them "healthier." My favorite holiday treat is Scandinavian Almond Bars! I love the almond taste and I wait for them all year! Here are three simple ways to make your treats a little healthier!
Swap out sugar with a natural alternative such as coconut sugar or raw honey. Natural sweeteners such as these (and agave, real maple syrup etc.) can be much sweeter than processed sugar, so play with your recipes and find the right amount for your swap.
You can also swap out the milk/cream/butter for non-dairy alternatives. Swap out cows milk for almond or coconut milk, cream for coconut cream (be care not to by the kind with added sugar!), and butter for coconut oil. If you are still wanting that buttery flavor, I l...
Do you find it hard to stay with your health goals during the holiday season? It can be difficult with all of the holiday parties (with loads of comfort foods!) to attend, family gatherings to show up to, and the stress of time being limited. Wish some tools in your belt, you can conquer the holidays without getting too far off track from your health goals.
Prepare yourself for the coming season. Go ahead and visit those Pinterest boards you pinned forever ago, find some healthy, easy recipes that can be your staples during this busy season, and get familiar with them. Prepare your plan for the week ahead of time and stick to it.
Also, prepare what you will allow. Are you going by the 90/10 rule where you eat healthy 90% of the time and splurge on that slice of pie 10% of the time? Prepare your mind off what you will allow, so that you know ahead of time what's "okay."
Ask for accountability, if you need it. If having someone holding you accountable will keep you on...
There are different sides of the road here during the holiday season - the side that loves and looks forward to this time of year, and the side that feels anxiety, loneliness, and frustration during this time of year. This could be caused by many factors, such as a family that doesn't get along and causes friction at family gatherings.
There are things you can do to keep your gratitude and joy flowing this season. Let's go ahead and set some intentions of how you will do this, so that you can be prepared when the season arrives.
I'll share with you a few of my favorite ways to stay nourished and grateful this season:
- Don't let the hustle and bustle get to you. This season doesn't have to be a blur. Find one of your favorite ways to slow down and connect, and do this daily. This could be a morning prayer/meditation, daily journaling, a morning yoga practice, or anything that fills you. What will it be? I like to do a morning devotional with a cup of coffee or t...