The holidays are here whether you are ready or not! While I absolutely the season, there is something that makes me hold my breath thinking about the hustle and bustle. I feel like I’ve had so much going on in my life the past six months that the holiday season will just make my year end in another whirlwind. I’m excited about the parties, the quality time with family and friends and of course, the spirit of the season. However, I know all of these festivities can put another hold on one of my primary goals right now: healing my body.
Every holiday season many people have the mentality that they will fall “off the wagon” with their health. It sometimes frustrates me to hear this because I don’t believe health is a switch or a wagon you can jump on or off. Healthy living and living intuitively is a lifestyle. However, I do understand the fears people have with their health rituals being altered by the busyness of the holiday season, especially doing a gut healing protocol.
In an effort to help myself follow through with my healing protocol and ensure I’m getting adequate self-care during the craziest time of the year, I’m sharing tips to continue healing during the holiday season.
How to Keep Healing during the Holidays
1. Stick to your routines
We all know how many extra plans and errands we have during the holiday season. As challenging as it can be, I recommend maintaining your regular routines into the holiday months. Just because you are meeting up with friends for a party, doesn’t mean you can’t make time to move your body, get a good night’s sleep and nourish yourself with good food. Put your exercise, relaxation and bedtime on your phone calendar that way it is as important as your holiday to-do list. Don’t forget to keep taking your supplements and taking the time to listen to your favorite podcasts.
2. Don’t be afraid to say no
The holiday season is probably the most difficult time to create boundaries since it is the season of giving. However, you can give yourself the gift of good health if you take care of yourself and be reasonable with your schedule. Don’t be afraid to say no to a few parties and presents. You are likely doing more than enough and you need to ensure that you actually are having fun during the season. In addition, don’t say no to people just because you’re afraid you’ll gain weight or sacrifice your health. Spending quality time with other people is an essential part of the healing process. You could even meet up with an old friend for a cup of tea if being in a crowd of people causes you too much stress. Nourish the relationships that will encourage you to keep up with you healing lifestyle.
3. Allow yourself to heal
Acceptance is the biggest gateway to healing. If you tell yourself that you won’t heal during the holiday months, then chances are likely that you won’t see any improvements. You have to allow yourself to heal and actually want to grow in your health journey, even if it is a busy time of year.
4. Don’t set an alarm one day
My healing is often directly tied to how much sleep and rest I’m getting. I often feel like I don’t get enough sleep during the week, so I allow myself to sleep in without an alarm one day each weekend. Even if I don’t get as much accomplished that day because I slept in, I remember that it was the most productive thing I did that day because without the rest, I wouldn’t have the energy to accomplish everything else! Schedule a cozy sleep-in day with a holiday blanket to ensure you have the energy to celebrate the season.
5. Bring your own food
I think the biggest fear around the holidays is lack of control over food. You may fear that you’ll overeat or be thrown off of your protocol with the holiday get-togethers. I used to be so afraid of eating during the holidays. Now, even following a strict protocol I don’t have as much fear eating at parties. If there isn’t something there that will make me feel happy and healthy, I simply won’t eat it. It’s better to take care of yourself than nibble on a gluten-ed cookie just to make the host happy. Additionally, the best way to ensure you keep up the healing during the holidays is by bringing a dish or two to every get-together. Make something that you know you can eat a bunch of and others will enjoy too. Here are a few ideas.
6. Cut out the negative self-talk post-holiday party
Often times the attitude we have towards the way we take care of our body during the holidays can prevent us from healing. Cut out the negativity and stop beating yourself up for “falling off the wagon” or maybe eating something that isn’t in your protocol. If you’re on a candida protocol and you find yourself eyeing up a glass of wine at a holiday party, just have it! You probably shouldn’t make it something you have regularly, but don’t judge yourself for wanting it either. Enjoy it and move on with your life. Your worth is not determined by what you eat.
The biggest way to ensure you are healing throughout the holiday season is by narrowing your focus. Spend less time thinking about what you are and aren’t eating and focus more of your energy on taking care of your mental health. Your positive mentality will enable you to make decisions that push you towards healing and enjoy the holiday season too.
How do you plan to take care of your body and keep healing during the holidays?
PS – If you’re looking for some healthy holiday gifts, check out 2017 Healthy Holiday Gift Guide here!
XO – Morgan, Mint+Mo
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