your holiday survival challenge: part 3
posted: January 2, 2014
I feel good, I knew that I would, now…
Happy New Year and congratulations! The holiday season has come and gone and we’ve officially sent 2013 on its merry way. Three…two…one… exhale.
In December I committed to a list of self care practices to help me get through the season alive and well and I’m happy to report that I’ve made it through unscathed. How did everyone else hold up?
While I may not have had a week where I checked off every item on my to-do list, I put forth my best effort. I pushed forward through the setbacks and, of course, learned a thing or two along the way.
Here are my top 10 takeaways from this challenge (read: I know this much is true):
1. When you set an intention to do something, you’re about 10,000 times more likely to accomplish it. I am reminded of this again and again after each of my monthly challenges.
2. Do it now. Do it now. Do it now. Read: Meditate, practice yoga, or go for that run first thing in the morning. If you put it off until the end of the day there’s a good chance you’ll find a (bad) excuse to skip out.
3. Speaking of meditation, it’ll wipe out the stress out of a hectic day in just a few breaths, guaranteed.
4. Just do it. You’ll never regret squeezing that workout in. Ever.
5. You can’t always prevent stressful situations (…that time I moved two weeks before Christmas), but you can always choose how you react to them.
6. The positive vibes start with you. I was away from my family for Christmas this year so it was up to me to make things feel festive. Even though there was a lot on my plate, I made time for the fun stuff like getting a tree, decorating and, my personal favourite, playing Frank Sinatra’s Christmas album on repeat.
7. Cut yourself some slack when you slip-up. Negative self-talk only yields negative results.
8. Every day is a chance to restart and recommit—in all areas of your life.
9. Attitude is everything. If you go into a stressful situation with a negative attitude a positive experience is highly unlikely.
10. Smile—even if you have to fake it. It might sound cliché, but it’ll lift your spirits in a second.
So, Happy New Year friends. We made it! Until next time…
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