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YSS Holiday Survival Guide – 7 Strategies for a Soulful Holiday Season!

I can hardly believe Christmas is next week! The holiday season always brings a mixture of experiences and emotions for me.

Joy abounds between all of the fun parties and other seasonal activities but sometimes there are challenging family dynamics to deal with, sadness around loved ones who aren’t with you, or frustration around dealing with a break in your healthy eating or fitness routine.

Can you relate?

That’s why today I’m giving you my 7 Soul Strategies to have your most loving and soulful holiday season yet!

 

1: Take time for yourself every day.

This is critical for any of you out there who have the tendency to give endlessly to others but not to yourself. Keep it simple.

Reserve just 5 minutes in the morning to do an activity you love (mediation, journaling, walking around the block) and it will help you decompress and avoid that feeling of “losing yourself.”

2: Keep moving!

The holidays often mean a break in your exercise routine due to even

ts or travel, and that’s totally OK. I recommend you find fun, seasonal ways to stay active (and invite your family along).

See if there is a Christmas light display in your area that you can walk around, or go to a yoga class together! Healthy bonding time for the win!

3: Enjoy the goodies!

You have my permission to eat the freaking cookies! Focus on eating well 80% of the time and don’t sweat the indulgence. Save yourself the stress!

4: Make room for holiday magic.

Don’t jam-pack your schedule. In fact, I want you to look at your calendar for the next 2 weeks and see if any of your commitments that are not absolute musts can be canceled. This will let you have space for the unplanned.  

Also, consider putting some limitation on your tech usage. Give yourself a break from social media, I promise it won’t kill you! 😉

5: Forgive yourself and be grateful for the goodness you have.

I know if you’re a high achiever like me, th

e holidays can be a time to notice where you fell short on your goals for the year. Instead, I invite you to make a list of the things you DID acc

omplish. Do this for 5 mins and don’t hold anything back. Put every little thing on the list. You’ll be surprised how long it is!

6: Give love.

Giving love outwardly is the ultimate act of self-love because it shows you that your life is bigger than just you. You DO have an impact on others.

Consider performing a random act of kindness – bake cookies for someone, call an old friend or get someone an unexpected gift – without expecting anything in return.

 

7: Honor and make room for grief.

It’s ok to feel grief during the holidays, especially if you’ve lost someone you love. However, we often treat it like an unacknowledged elephant in the room. I invite you to share your thoughts with your family. Perhaps spend some time each sharing a memory of the departed loved one when you’re together at a meal. You will feel lighter.

 

Which of these 7 strategies are you going to implement this holiday season? Comment below to let me know!

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