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Holiday Stress and Sticking to Goals

The holidays often create stress and pressure to add to our already full plates which can lead to overwhelm and/or fatigue. If you've been diligent with your goals or healthier routine, you may be concerned about how you'll stick to them throughout the crazy holiday season.

Whether you've recently increased your fitness, or you're trying to eat healthier, meditate regularly, etc.. here are a few strategies to help stay on track from Thanksgiving to New Years.

  • Eliminate perfection: This time of year has many time consuming events, deadlines, and other responsibilities. It's better to do something small- like a short walk vs no workout at all. You don't need to have the perfect routine or habit for it to be effective.

  • Stick to the basics: If you're goal is to become a healthier weight, portion control can be implemented even when eating "unhealthy" foods or while at an event. You're allowed to enjoy yourself and your entire nutrition/diet doesn't have to go out the window for a day "just because you already cheated"; finding a healthy balance will help you feel better and help you stay on track long term.

  • Have grace with yourself: If for a day or two you don't fully stick to your routine, that's okay. Some things are out of our control and de-rail the routine, that's fine as long as it doesn't become weeks without getting back into the routine.

  • Rest is important: The holidays require more physical and emotional labor than other times in the year. Rest is okay in order to recharge and get a clear sense of what activities will be uplifting to you. Try to be present and not feel guilty about resting.

At the end of the day, holidays aren't always a happy, joyous time for everyone. They can be bitter sweet, like seeing loved ones and missing those who have since passed. Whatever emotions the holiday season may bring, remember to keep it simple when it comes to your goals. Make sure you have realistic expectations during this crazy time, and to allow flexibility into your routine. You want to be able to enjoy your time as best you can. Taking small actions towards your goals, opposed to doing nothing, will help you feel better in the long run.

Myself and the Powerful PT Team wish you all a wonderful, and healthy holiday season.

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