Staying Sane in the Holiday Crazy
Tis the season! Right?!
While I enjoy the Holiday season, it tends to bring out my inner cray-cray. Am I alone? Probably Not. The past two years, I have been training for a half-marathon at this point in my year and all I can say is, Thank the heavens I am not right now. Life is totally crazy. I wanted to have my Christmas shopping done by Black Friday… I’m still scrambling to pick up a few things. My house is not staying clean, my schedule just keeps filling up and my To-Do List is longer than Santa’s Naughty List at the moment. Here are a few things I am trying to remember and do during the next few weeks.
1. EAT. And eat the right things. More cookies, cupcakes, and general junk are coming in and out of my house lately and it’s SO tempting. I’m not saying I’m not indulging, but I have to limit myself. Trying to concentrate on eating good portion sizes and the right kind of snacks. And drinking PLENTY of water!! I have been guilty lately of not doing this, and I always feel like crud! Holiday parties are coming up and I must remember to not go overboard on all the delicious treats. While, something made with lots of cream cheese, butter, and mayonnaise make taste like a gift from Heaven, it is absolute crap to your body. You also must keep in check your number of alcoholic beverages, it’s so easy to go a little overboard and then regret it for the next couple of days.
2. SLEEP. Sleep is a big one for me. I really need at least 8 hours. Most nights I get around 7. It really stinks to always feel tired, especially this time of year.. it really plays with your mood and general attitude! Lately, I’ve been so busy, I don’t think if I slept for 10 hours every night for a week, that I would feel caught up.
3. MOVE. This is a biggie. When I am stressed, I cling to my workouts. It forces all that tension and aggression out that is caused by those crazy Christmas shoppers. The past two weeks? I think I worked out twice. My stress level was through the roof and I had a slight meltdown on Sunday. I am not delusional… I know those two things are related. Just like Elle Woods said.. “Endorphins make you happy.”
4. ENJOY. Lastly, enjoy the Holidays! This is the season for giving. I love nothing more than getting together with family. There is no reason that you shouldn’t get to enjoy some yummy treats and meals as long as they are in moderation. Also, if you are dominating the previous trifecta, there is no reason that you won’t enjoy this season.