Prepping your body and mind for the holidays
Believe it or not, it’s that time of year again. The holidays are coming and there is plenty of joy on its way with family and food. However, it’s no surprise the cooler temps and all decadent foods allow us to pack on a few pounds. And it’s the hustle and bustle of buying gifts and seeing those we love that leaves us feeling stressed and tired. It’s time to change the pattern of all that.
It’s natural that when the temperature goes down, our bodies will stock up a few pounds to protect us from the cold. As for the extra cookies, beverages and treats, don’t deprive yourself, just be aware of portion size. If you are a gym hound, but have to miss a day here or there because of the holiday, no one will criticize you. If you aren’t the gym-type, again, no one will criticize you, so stop beating yourself up. Instead, why not try a best waist trainer. It will compress all the right areas as you move around your daily life and help your body stay tone.
Cut the stress
It is a scientific fact that stress can help us achieve many incredible feats. However, the way most of us use it, it can only cut down our life span. The holidays are happy times for most people. The joy of the season is usually pretty contagious, too. So, it’s important to let go of the small stuff.
-Stop trying to out do your family, neighbor or yourself.
If you enjoy making the perfect bows on the gifts or stringing thousands of lights on the house, then awesome. If not, stop. You don’t owe it to anybody to practically kill yourself every year over the frivolous stuff. Do what you enjoy and put your heart into that.
-Stop spending money that you don’t have.
The miracle of the holidays is the desire to give and help others. But you can’t give what you don’t have. Trying to do so will leave you in debt, disgruntled and stressed out! Giving doesn’t cost a fortune. You can give your time to someone that needs it. You can give your talents. For example, if you are great at making cookies, then give them as a gift. Yet, if your talent is fixing things, offer that instead. The best thing to remember is to make a budget and stick to it.
-Stop trying to diet during the holidays.
It never works and you make others feel bad that they weren’t considerate of your dieting. It’s the holidays. Cookies, cakes, turkeys, butter, breads and potatoes of every kind are usually on the menu. Of course, be conscious of what you eat, but don’t put it on others to restrict your food options during this time. It’s time to remove the stress of eating on you and others. Unless you have an actual allergy or diet restriction, it is on you, and only you, to be proactive in your holiday food intake. The best things to stay proactive are, grab some regular or plus size shapewear, watch your portion sizes and stay active.
The Gift that keeps on giving
When it comes to gift-giving, it can be stressful. Who do I need to buy for? What is the right size? Do they like this, still? The best way to take the stress out of giving is to make a list of who you have to buy for. Next, ask for ideas. It won’t ruin the surprise, it will help you get what a person can really use or need, along with allowing yourself to not break the budget. Finally, do your research to get the best prices. Black Friday and Cyber Monday sales are usually great, but doing research will help you get the best prices.
These little steps can help reduce stress and prepare your mind and body for the upcoming holiday season. Don’t forget to treat yourself with kindness as well during this time. Do something solely for yourself or grab yourself something that could make your season brighter. Also, you can check out the Black Friday Shapewear discount if you want to try out the latest waist trainers available.
Have a wonderful and stress-free holiday season!
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