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When you feel anxiety and chaos of the holidays creeping in this year, remember these 3 Simple Steps to Enjoying a Less Chaotic Holiday Season. Take a deep breath, remember the spirit of the season, relax a little and get ready to enjoy this magical time of year.
3 Steps to a Less Chaotic Holiday Season
The Holiday Season is officially upon us!
Although I may have already been listening to a Michael Buble Christmas for the past 3 weeks 😉
This time of year is a favorite for many, but I hear from a lot of my clients that it can also be an extremely stressful time.
Although we want this time to be as enjoyable as possible, chaos can quickly creep in, and if we don’t have some coping strategies in place, it can ultimately tarnish our experience.
That is why this year I am bringing you 3 Steps to a Less Chaotic Holiday Season, just a few small pearls of wisdom for you to keep in your back pocket and remember when you need it the most.
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Step One – Experiences, Not Things
This is easier said than done, but is ultimately the most important thing to remember during the holiday season.
It is easy to get caught up in consumerism that has crept into the holiday lifestyle.
The pressure has never been higher to give the greatest gift, the newest gadget for our husbands and the coolest new toy for our children.
But when we take a step back from the consumerism, and remove all of the ‘things’ we can see that the things that bring us the most joy, aren’t actually things at all.
It is the experience of giving a gift and seeing the reaction on a loved ones face.
It is the experience of living out a holiday tradition with your family year after year.
When you feel the anxiety and chaos creeping in this year, take a step back and remind yourself, what truly matters are our Experiences, Not Things
Step Two – Don’t Get Hangry
Another difficult holiday experience for many of my clients is centered around food and the food traditions that come along with our holiday experiences, especially in terms of overeating.
The first thing I remind my clients is that one day of overeating is not going to cause immediate weight gain, and that it is more important to focus on the long term eating habits throughout the season.
One of the biggest reasons I see my clients struggle with overeating is because they allow themselves to get too hungry, thus triggering a binge.
That is why I always tell them: Don’t Let Yourself Get Hangry!
Whether its a small snack or a full meal, keeping something on hand that you can quickly prepare will help you to stay on track and not binge or overeat later on down the road.
Step Three – Listen to your Intuition
The greatest joy of the holiday season is learning that you can trust your body, no matter what situation you are put in.
Learning to become an Intuitive Eater will help you to become more confident and secure on your own body, and will start to eliminate the stress and anxiety that comes with uncontrollable food situations at holiday parties and get-together.
Trusting that you will be able to recognize when you are hungry, take the time to enjoy and savor your food in the moment, and then recognize that you can stop eating when you are full and satisfied is a triumph for many.
Learning to listen to your intuition doesn’t happen over night, but practicing small steps each day, at each meal, will help to get you to your overall goal in the long run.
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Now I know I said it’s not about the gift, but I must shamelessly plug my cookbook anyways!
I am thrilled to announce the arrival of my new cookbook The 30-Minute Thyroid Cookbook: 125 Healing Recipes for Hypothyroidism and Hashimoto’s which is now available for preorder on Amazon and will officially be released on Christmas Day, December 25th, 2018.
What is your best tip for managing stress during the Holiday Season? Let me know in the comments below!
Welcome! I’m Emily Kyle, a nationally recognized media registered dietitian nutritionist & holistic cannabis practitioner providing holistic health care for those living with autoimmune and inflammatory conditions. To help you, I offer food sensitivity testing, cannabis education, and this blog which provides free resources including anti-inflammatory recipes, holistic health, wellness and nutrition related articles, and evidence-based cannabis education.