The Best Gift Ever

Some of the best holiday gifts are experienced rather than unwrapped. We can all remember a time when our hearts melted and for a split second we glowed with pride knowing that we were the cause of someone else’s joy.

Focusing outside of ourselves helps keep our own blessings and sorrows in perspective, though often we become so outwardly focused that we lose touch with how we feel and with what we need to continue nurturing and caring for ourselves.

Holidays bring about such merriment and jubilation, and there is no better way to fully experience all of this than by taking a little time to refocus, relax and remember what brings us joy. Take a moment to refuel your holiday spirit.

Close your eyes. Take a few deep breaths and allow yourself to become calm and quiet. When you are ready, recall your most exciting holiday memory. Visualize all of the details like the color of wrapping paper, the smell of the holiday meal, the sounds of your family and all of the anticipation. How old were you? Remember what it was like to open that one, long-awaited gift. Remember the excitement and exhilaration. Sit quietly with this memory for a moment, and then slowly focus on how you felt. Relive those feelings now. Take a few more deep breaths and open your eyes.

What would it take for you to experience those feelings once again? What can you do today to nurture the part within yourself that keeps you feeling jovial and happy? Make this holiday the best yet by giving yourself the best gift possible, permission to soak in each moment and graciously accept all that you have to give and receive this holiday season.

Happy Holidays Can Be Healthy

One of the best ways to manage the hustle and bustle of the season is to recognize that although this time might be filled and over-flowing with shopping, food and family, you can find ways to keep it all fun and healthy.

Honor your body by recognizing when you are hungry, tired and festive. You do not have to eat at every party. You do not have be the first to arrive or the last to leave. Take a few moments before each holiday festivity to check in with your body. Close your eyes, take a few deep breaths and focus on the sensations you feel in that moment. Once you clearly understand how your body feels, then you can determine how much, if anything you should eat, how late you should stay and how much you should mingle.

Be respectful of your time and the time of others. Since you can only be in one place at one time give it your undivided attention, even if it is only for a split-second. Be present in each moment. Regardless of how stressful, busy or hectic a situation may be, there is always a way to find some pleasure, discover a sense of peace and find the joy. Take a deep breath and allow yourself to relax into the warm embrace of the holiday season.

Keep feeling fabulous through the holiday season with these 5 tips:

  • Set realistic expectations, maintain not gain
  • Give yourself permission
    -to say no
    -to miss a workout because of a busy schedule
    -to eat a piece of pie
    -to relax and enjoy each moment
  • Enjoy a little bit of everything by controlling portion sizes
    -eat off of smaller plates
    -eat slower
    -put down utensils between bites
  • Stay active and healthy
  • Give more than you receive

Contact Erin Hurst, erinhurstliving@gmail.com, for your personalized healthy holiday guide, special rates apply.

Happy Holidays