Thanksgiving week is here. We all know what that means - the fast track into the "most wonderful time of the year!" Unfortunately, the last couple months of the year can also be the most stressful. Here are five ways to beat the blahs and feel happy, healthy, and strong this season.
1. Find a friend
Everything is easier when you have a co-pilot on your side! Find a friend who is willing to keep you on track this season - when you do the same for her! Carve out time together to head to the gym, go on a walk, or meet for tea. Healthy relationships and knowing that someone is in your corner can have profound effects on your success. Find someone you can trust and who will keep you motivated! Most importantly, commit to FUN!
2. Focus on feelings
How do you want to feel? This novel concept can place healthy priorities at the forefront. Take a few moments to solidify your Core Desired Feelings (CDFs), and let those feelings fuel your decision-making throughout the season. Pick up a copy of Danielle LaPorte's The Desire Map, or better yet, ready yourself for an expansive and enlightening look at your goals and CDFs with my day-long Radical Passion Desire Map Playshop on December 31st. By bringing your desired feelings to the forefront, you can face huge the New Year with renewed focus.
3. Plan to succeed
You've heard the expression "Fail to plan, plan to fail!" I prefer a more positive approach. Your body wants and deserves love, in all its fresh/true/ripe/real goodness. Make a weekly meal plan and prep meals and snacks in advance (check out these amazing meal prep photos!). Stock your refrigerator and pantry with wholesome foods. Whip up some warm and nourishing meals that will compliment the season.
4. Mindfulness matters
Whatever actions you take this season, head into them with gratitude. This sentiment often pops up in November, when many people make a conscious effort to recognize the myriad reasons in their life to feel grateful. Bring this practice into your daily life. By keeping a gratitude journal, noting things or events around you that bring you joy, or whispering "thank you" upon arising in the morning, gratitude can surge. When we walk in gratitude, our focus shines outward to the world and we begin to step into the best versions of ourselves. For a dedicated step into the gratefulness journey, please join my free Facebook group dedicated to experiencing gratitude and Desire Mapping throughout the whole month of November.
5. Join the Holiday Survival Camp at BFF!
Back by popular demand, my Holiday Survival Camp is your opportunity to dive into the busy and stressful holiday season with tools to help you thrive! This 6-week program focuses on effective workouts, clean eating tips and tricks, online motivation and support, and challenges and assignments to keep you committed.
Space is limited, so be sure to book your spot today. Oh, and invite your friends! This course is often a new member's first experience of what we have to offer at Balance - fun, strength, camaraderie, and effective workouts.
You deserve the best!
This holiday season, commit to the best and highest version of yourself. Step away and unplug on a daily basis. Allow ample time for rest when your mind and body require it. Spend time with people who make you happy. Reach out to those who can be there for you. Dedicate a part of each day or week to random acts of kindness. Above all, let the joy of the season into you heart, and believe in your ability to thrive.
Emily Nielsen, CPT, is the owner of Fit for Motherhood, LLC, mother of 2 little girls, and an optimist by nature.
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