Wednesday, December 18, 2013

Surviving the Holidays: Part 2

Surviving the Holidays: Part 2

Refocus the Celebration

Food is cornerstone of many—but not all--holiday activities. Be present for the events where food is not playing the lead role. In these moments, we can focus on what the holidays may mean for us and feel more connected with those around us. Try starting a new tradition that focuses on something you and others may find fun. And it may help to remember that many in your own circle of friends and family, as well as many across the world, are struggling with pressures related to eating and the holiday season too. More people in your life may be open to a new, nonfood related tradition than you think!

Get Creative

Explore your creative side with an art activity.

·      Come up with a list of realistic ways to find peace or joy. This can be as simple as sitting quietly somewhere, looking at favorite art work, doing a crossword puzzle, going to a museum, or unplugging your phone for an hour. Whatever you choose, remember the purpose is to provide an opportunity to check in with your thoughts and needs and to replenish yourself.
·      Gather some postcards and put one idea on each using symbols, pictures, words, colors—whatever you can think of. Go all out AS IF it is a gift you are giving someone else. We frequently put more effort into other people than we do to ourselves. This card is a gift-note to yourself to remind you to take some self-care time.
·      Address the cards to yourself and then give them to someone you trust, asking him or her to mail one card each week during the holiday season.

Give the Gift of Time

Reaching out and helping others can provide deeper meaning for you this holiday season. There are many ways to help others at various levels that will be welcomed by many in need. Participating in the office giving tree, volunteering at a soup kitchen, making holiday cards for a nursing home, or simply adding an extra dollar donation onto a purchase at a retail stores can connect you to the season of giving in a more fulfilling way.

Value Your Whole Self

For many of us, we see our family and friends infrequently and the holidays can be particularly stressful if we're struggling with body image issues. We may worry that changes in our bodies will be noticed or judged. We might feel self-conscious and filled with self-doubt. Remember, you are more than a number on a scale. Your contribution to family and friend gatherings goes way beyond your physical appearance. Make a list of the positive qualities that you bring to people in your life. If you start to feel anxious about your body or if someone (heaven forbid) makes an insensitive comment, look at your list to remind yourself that you are a whole universe unto yourself. 

Let There Be Peace
With some self-care, support, planning, and mindfulness you don’t have to settle for surviving the holidays.  You can thrive and find the peace and good will that you deserve!

1 comment:

  1. I love the line, 'You are more than a number on a scale!'