your holiday survival challenge: part 2
posted: December 15, 2013
Moving is never fun—especially during the holiday rush—but that doesn’t mean it can’t be merry
We made a holiday survival challenge commitment list and we’re checking it twice…
We were stoked to join our friend Danne in her 31-day Holiday Survival Challenge, a series of commitments practically guaranteed to see us land in 2014 feeling awesome. Who out there is absolutely killing it so far? In case you’ve hit a few stumbling blocks—we sure have—Danne’s got some honest words of wisdom that, to quote the immortal words of Jim Morrison, are helping us break on through to the other side. Over to Danne…
I think I can, I think I can…
We’re officially in the thick of it. Half of December is behind us, the holiday season is in full effect, and I’m trying to hold it together—and mostly succeeding. I can’t say that I’ve checked off every item on my Holiday Survival Guide each week but I’ve been really close, and I’m undoubtedly doing more than I would if I hadn’t assigned myself this challenge in the first place. So it’s worth it for that alone.
Part of our #nohumbug challenge was to spend time with your furry friend; Danne finds it works all year
Come back to your breath
In addition to the regular stress of the holidays, this month I also have to contend with moving (great timing, right?). I have to say it’s making Christmas feel like a cakewalk in comparison. When things start to feel overwhelming and out of my control I remind myself that is when I need my practice the most. I remember one of my yoga teachers saying that when we’re out of balance, we crave things that bring us further out of balance, and when things start to get crazy my first instinct is to order a pizza and pour a glass of vino. That never ends up making me feel better in the long run. Those are the moments when I need to return to my self-care practice the most, and that’s what this challenge is all about.
when we’re out of balance, we crave things that bring us further out of balance, and when things start to get crazy my first instinct is to order a pizza and pour a glass of vino
Keep on keepin’ on
In these few remaining weeks I’ll keep on keepin’ on, making sure to get out there for those morning walks and yoga sessions, finding time for relaxation and meditation and keeping my credit card spending and sweet-eating in check. These are the things that will help to calm my nerves and get me through the inevitable busyness of what’s happening around me—and they’re also what will allow me to actually enjoy the beauty and joy of the season as well.
Her first of two legal sweet cheats this month: birthday cake!
What’s your secret?
How’s everyone else holding up so far this season? Any secrets to holiday survival that are helping you make it through?