As we go through this holiday season, I thought it would be “in the holiday spirit” to share some insight on ways to for us to stay true to ourselves.
For many people during the holidays – we tend to loosen our grip on what keeps us going. Most people, even if just for a day or two, lose sight of their goals, missions, truths and even portions of their lifestyle. I know what you’re thinking, “It’s the holidays…I should be able to indulge in the awesome foods that will be presented. I should be able to relax and stop exercising or training. I should be able to do whatever I want to do, whenever I want to do it! I don’t have to work or be in classes, so let me enjoy my few days off”. In some ways that is quite true, in others, maybe not so much.
The holiday season is a great time to break away from our everyday lifestyle and enjoy the things we don’t often get to enjoy throughout the year. To many, that usually means vacation and family time. It becomes a time where we break out of our everyday routines. We may not be going to work or classes so our daily schedule is changed, which has a huge impact on everything we normally do. This change can become a black hole into which our routine lifestyle may fall. During the holiday season many people stop exercising and training, stop eating the way they normally do (usually for the worse, lending to more fast foods and other processed foods), sleep patterns are changed and they tend to get quite lazy.
There are some ways around these holiday season pitfalls and it all starts with grounding ourselves. Planting roots so to speak, in order to continue to grow during the holiday season – in the positive direction, not at the waistline! Hopefully you will be fortunate enough to be taking a vacation during this holiday season. Whether it’s visiting family in another city or going to an all-inclusive resort. Rather than having to reset upon your return, maybe the things that follow will be helpful to keeping you grounded.
Here are five things you can do this holiday season that can help you stay grounded and in control rather than feeling the need to create monstrous New Year’s resolutions that you won’t keep.
Before the holiday season hits, start planning what you’ll be doing. If you think about it, everyday of your life is planned in advance. Whether you work or go to school, you have a schedule that you follow. Your schedule keeps you honest and accountable to yourself, your boss or teacher, your clients and/or your family. Plan ways for you to continue your routine wherever you may be going or whatever you may be doing. Insert into your schedule all the things you would normally do in your non-holiday season (i.e. your exercise time, meditation time, etc.).
So many people have a very difficult time when it comes to food during the holidays. Don’t feel guilty about eating foods during the holidays that you wouldn’t normally eat! This is a really important point. The truth is that if you indulge a bit in holiday foods, they aren’t going to have a great impact or derail you permanently. The foods that you eat the rest of the year will – that being said, pay attention to the options available during the holidays. Continue to eat lots of whole fruits and vegetables and enjoy some of the foods that wouldn’t normally be a part of your daily routine…it is okay. If you travel, consider packing your own food for the trip. If you’re invited to someone’s house, consider bringing an awesome/healthy dish that not only you will enjoy, but others can as well.
The holidays are a time meant to truly enjoy yourself. Many people lose focus and forget to pay attention to the everyday moments that come and go throughout the year. Time is our most precious commodity. Take the time you have during this holiday season and “live in the moment”, enjoy your family and friends, and have fun in everything you do! Smile and put a smile on someone else’s face. After all, isn’t that what the holiday season is all about?
Keep your body moving. While our governments are just okay at promoting active healthy living it really comes down to individual responsibility. Many of us are quite good at getting our exercise into our daily routines all year round but come holiday season, some tend to relax and come to a stop (or some call it a break). While it’s okay to take a break from exercise from time to time, we should be honest about it and ensure we are staying true to our ultimate goal, our health. Find some time to exercise this holiday season. Find ways to encourage your family and friends to do it with you. Be the role model and leader you are meant to be for those around you.
All year round we stress and stress and stress. Some people stress even more during the holidays. The holiday season is a time for us to reflect, relax and rejuvenate. I know, for some the holiday season can be stressful (having all that family coming for dinner, or seeing the in-laws…), but try looking at it in a different light. Rather than being all stressed about it, be grateful for the opportunity to host a dinner or see family. Readjust your mindset so that your body and mind can remain calm and appreciate everything they receive. Try to stay true to your sleep schedule as much as possible and remember it’s more about the quality of your sleep than the quantity. Holiday season comes at the end of the year. It’s a time to reflect and be grateful for all we have been given and a time to reflect and be grateful for all we have. This holiday season refresh, reset and rejuvenate yourself so that when you return to your routines at home you are pumped and ready to go!
Wherever you are in the world, whatever you will be doing and whichever holiday you will be celebrating, have a very happy and healthy holiday season!
Adam Chaim, is Amrita Ambassador and Founder of Plant Trainers. He can be found at
Twitter: @chaimdog, @planttrainers