Last Updated on January 14, 2017 by Cathy Jo Johnson
Keeping your healthy routines not to mention sanity in check during the holidays can be challenging. I’m not sure about you but it seems like my bad habits show up all at one time. Suddenly I find myself eating too much, exercising to little and feeling like time is my sworn enemy. My world is out of control and it threatens to derail any progress I’ve made in my fitness transformation recently.
Earlier this month I wrote a couple of posts on managing healthy eating, exercise and stress during the holidays. Yet as December marches on sometimes the healthy habits and good intentions early in the month fade away. With that in mind here are a couple additional health tips for the holidays so you can create a more manageable and dare to say enjoyable holiday season.
3 More Health Tips for the Holidays
15 minutes early
Try waking up 15 minutes earlier than normal to get a little me time. I can hear you now cause it’s the same argument I have with myself, but CJ you’re already not getting enough sleep and now you want to get up 15 minutes earlier? Yes! That 15 minutes can set a tone for a peaceful day. Do something you enjoy, read, exercise, mediate, just sit and have a cup of coffee, whatever appeals to you.
One of the things that helps me to remember what my world is all about is a gratitude list and it takes less than 5 minutes. Grab a piece of paper or if you really want to make it feel special get yourself a nice little notebook. Write down 5 things for which you are most grateful. Do that everyday, without any repeats for a week. Your life’s circumstances may not change but as a result of your new attitude you might see it with a different set of glasses.
Thinking back on past Christmas’ you might remember a really special gift but when it gets down to it wasn’t it more about the thought behind it and how it made you feel that made it so memorable? Want to do something really special for someone for Christmas? Write one paragraph every day about what makes you grateful for them.
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This is one of my favorite health tips for the holidays and it comes from, 177 Mental Toughness Secrets of the World Class by Steven Siebold. He was a successful athlete who had an obsession for the thought process of world class performers. This is not a book for the faint of heart as he is often blunt in challenging your thinking and beliefs.
Tip #56 The Great Ones Learn to Forgive
Siebold talks about average performers plotting revenge where as peak performers know that mental toughness and power ultimately come from a mindset of love for who they are, what they do and the people they interact with.
A group of friends has a quippy little saying; Resentment is the poison I take to kill you! When you put it that way revenge and anger feel a lot less appealing.
There have been times while trying to do my best I have unintentionally offended others. Perhaps those that offended me were doing the same thing, the best they could at that given moment.
An exercise he suggests in the book is make a list of all the people who you feel have slighted you to some degree and then give yourself a wonderful Christmas gift; Forgive Them. The best part is you don’t even have to tell them. It’s just a guess but I’ll bet you will feel the rewards of your work and they will never notice a thing.
What are some of your favorite Random Acts of Kindness? Comment down below.
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