It's about that time of year again and invariably I start to make lists of "things to do", "stuff to get done", and it piles on more and more... as I stare at the list I get more and more stressed and agitated. This leads to a feeling of hopelessness. Which leads to a feeling of not being "good enough." Which then leads to poor eating (for comfort) as well as sacrificing my fitness time to fit everything else in. Which leads to feeling even worse.
Bah humbug, to being stressed out, to thinking I need to do everything, to letting guilt and stress control my health. My health (mental, physical, & emotional) is something I hold very dear. I will not allow Stressmas to affect mindfulness. I will not allow Stressmas to overshadow my fitness goals (half-marathon training). and I will not allow Stressmas to be a season of worry.
1.) I plan to enjoy my time spent trying to fit everything in. Cause it makes me enjoy the slow times of life. Christmas is that joyful season of busyness. I'll remember that it's worth the hustle and bustle.
2.) It's tough to fit in time for fitness, but I need to be more flexible yet dedicated to training goals. The weather's cold, the day's shorter, and stress level high. But my running shoes miss me... and I them.
3.) Mindful eating will help me to make sure I'm keeping my nutrition in check. While I want to enjoy delicious holiday foods that come once a year, I don't want to overindulge or jump into "comfort eating."
4.) I'll remember to be giving. It's hard this time of year to remember the true meaning of Christmas is giving. I'm so focused on being "giving" to others. I need to remember to give myself the most important gift I can - love.
I'm sure you feel the same way as I do, I hope you'll join me this holiday season in
JUST SAYING NO TO STRESSMAS!
What are your stress triggers? How do you deal with them? Please comment below.
---Get Mean. Make a Decision. Choose Health!