your holiday survival challenge: part 1
posted: December 2, 2013
We love a fun test of will and commitment like the #nohumbug 31-day challenge. But our friend Danne profoundly loves a fun monthly challenge, and she’s completed more than 50 of them. Who better to enroll us in another challenge this holiday season, one that gets us to New Years Day feeling as light-hearted and footed as we did in the middle of July? Welcome to…
Your Holiday Survival Challenge: Part 1
It’s the most wonderful/stressful/crazy time of the year
The holidays are typically regarded as ‘the most wonderful time of the year’, and in so many ways they really are. After I’ve mourned the loss of my summer glow and begun to accept the chilly temperatures and dark nights of those early winter days, the holidays arrive just in time to brighten my spirits and to add a little love and light to everything around me.
But as much as I love to deck the halls with greenery and hit holiday parties, a lot of stress comes along with this season. No matter how well prepared you think you are, it’s all too easy to let your good habits slip. Then before you know it it’s New Year’s Eve and you’re exhausted and broke, wondering where those extra five pounds came from. It’s not the ideal way to kick off a new year, am I right?
Break on through to the other side (in one piece)
About this time last year I was feeling the normal mix of excitement and trepidation that precedes the season when I had an idea. While I couldn’t control how hectic everything around me was, I could control how I responded to it, which really boiled down to creating and committing to a self-care practice that would keep me mentally and physically (not to mention financially) healthy and stable. I created my very own Holiday Survival Guide and vowed to follow through with it—and I actually did.
For the record…
Assigning myself personal challenges isn’t out of the ordinary for me—in fact I’ve been doing it every month since 2009. Since adhering to my holiday survival guidelines last December worked out really well, I knew I had to do it again, and this time I’m inviting you to join me by creating your own holiday survival guide and sharing your experience.
Need a jumping off point? Your rules will probably look a little different than mine, but here’s what I’ve committed to for the month of December.
• I will practice yoga (asana) 3 times a week.
• I will meditate every day.
• I will practice yoga nidra or another yogic relaxation technique 2 times a week.
• I will do some sort of cardio workout 2 times a week.
• I will abstain from eating all sweets (candy, cookies, cupcakes—basically any type of dessert), but allow myself exceptions for my birthday (which falls at the beginning of the month) and Christmas
• My credit card will not come out once. Everything I buy and do will be paid for with real money.
• I will have all my holiday shopping done by December 18th, a full week before Christmas. (If I can pull this one off it’ll definitely be a first, I’m typically an 11th hour kind of girl.)
It might look like a lot, but I promise you that taking the time to take care of yourself really pays off. I credit it entirely to helping me ring in 2013 feeling like the best possible version of myself (it’s possible!). I’ll be blogging about my experiences with my holiday survival guide over at 12 Months of Lent and I’ll pop back over here a few times with my progress too.
Can I get a witness?
Who’s with me? What does your holiday survival guide look like?
Danne (not short for Danielle, just Danne, and pronounced like Danny) is a yogi, graphic designer, vegetarian, cat lover and lululemon educator who lives in Ann Arbor but hails from Cape Cod. Her biggest labour of love is her blog, 12 Months of Lent, where she shares the details of the awesome personal challenges she takes on every single month.