Keeping yourself in check on how to stay healthy when returning home for the holidays always brings a rush of emotions and (sometimes) challenges: Relating to your relatives, properly expressing yourself… Especially if your family members don’t recognize the “new” you.
You are working hard towards building a healthy and happy life and this requires certain things for you to keep the momentum going even during the holidays.
Staying healthy is not a chore, it’s a way of life. When you have been working on yourself throughout the year to stay healthy in mind and body, this will resonate with you from the inside out.
To build and maintain a new healthier ‘you’ demands that you develop new mindsets, values, and habits in order to work towards and build a healthy happy life.
But what happens when you don’t get the support you need?
This “new” you that you’ve been working on can surprise many people that haven’t kept up with your personal changes in your life and self-development. And you may get some unintentional criticism on your new lifestyle.
But don’t be discouraged. You don’t have to get sucked into the dysfunctional patterns of other people’s bad habits.
You can stay true to yourself and make the most of your holiday season with these strategies.
How to Stay Healthy: (What To Remember This Holiday)
So the holidays are coming up and you’ll be acquainted with family and old friends again. There will be no doubt that you’ll also be sucked in a lot of unproductive activities and of course be pushed to indulge in unhealthy diet habits.
However, real mindfulness is not about avoiding negative stories or situations, It’s about learning how to navigate through them in a healthy way and keep your mind strong.
Here’s a reminder list that will help keep your mind and body on track…
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A fascinating fact about you whether you are aware of it or not is that you are designed to feel other people’s emotional state and energy. And it’s true for both joy and sadness.
This beautiful phenomenon is how we develop empathy and an understanding of the world and the people around us.
But beware, but this also means that we can also fall into the trap of absorbing other people’s low energy too.
So with that said, what’s the best way to prepare yourself so you keep your positive momentum moving forward even during the fun yet chaotic family holiday?
Ask yourself these grounding questions:
- “What do I want to get out of this holiday season?”
- “How do I want to feel?”
- “Who do I want to be?”
Walk-in with intention and clarity. Keep your spirits up, and keep the focus on the progress you’ve made and the healthy habits you’ve built throughout the year.
Which brings us to the second part…
Keep up your good habits (Healthy habits = healthy and happy life)
At some point in our lives, we all seek to make big changes. But if you are not careful you will fall blindly into the trap of backsliding.
Watch out for backsliding
Almost all of us have been there. You make these grand plans and go off to change some aspect of your character, learn a new skill, or even change something simple like a habit of waking up early.
You may even find yourself unconsciously negotiating with yourself to cheat a little bit when you are doing well.
Then lo and behold you fast forward 3 weeks later and boom!… You are waking up at 12:00p.m. This is the result of the great backslide effect.
Why the disconnect?
Backsliding is a universal experience. Your mind and body have a built-in tendency to stay the same within rather narrow limits, and resist change.
It doesn’t really care if it’s for better or worse, it is ‘change’ that it does not like.
Why is that you ask?
It does this to protect you and snap you back to a previous state you were in. or in other words “back to your normal” state. However, that is not to say it’s a completely bad thing that it does that.
Just think about it: If you get a fever and your temperature moves a couple of degrees up or down, you’d be in a whole lot of trouble. So in that state, the body does what it needs to do to snap you back to your ‘old normal self’.
It’s unfortunate however that your mind doesn’t really understand what defines a good change versus a bad change. It just doesn’t like change period.
Tip #1 to staying healthy and keeping yourself on track:
What you need is to realize that backsliding is something that is innate in us all and you are no exception.
So be prepared for it, and know that whatever it is you are trying to tackle, it will be emotionally difficult. Every so often you will feel like you are fighting against something.
Self-growth is a process that is emotionally difficult because you are literally going against your “norm” to build a new better version of you.
So know that real notable growth will be associated with difficulty and not comfort. In other words, it is ‘emotional labor’ If you are comfortable, you are doing it wrong.
Know it’s there and just don’t give in.
Ultimately, You’ll Have To Decide If You Really Do Want To Spend The Time And Effort It Takes To Get On And Stay On The Path…
– George Leonard, Mastery
Get good sleep, nutrition, and exercise (Back to basics)
If you are actively changing your lifestyle and trying to get on the path of building healthier habits, then don’t underestimate the basics. Eating well, exercising, and getting good sleep. Yes, it’s that simple!
You can’t be at your best or even motivated for that matter if you are starting your day out with lack of sleep and poor nutrition.
Of course, if you do start your day like that, then you will serve to be your own worst enemy.
In that state of mind, the excuses start rolling in. Slowly but surely you begin to tell yourself very sound and rational excuses on your road to the lazy train.
You say things like…“well, I didn’t get enough sleep today and I have been good with my commitments, maybe I should skip the gym for today and get some rest…” and you avoid exercising altogether.
You get the rest you need and wake up the next day feeling awesome! And you live happily ever after…
NO! That happens only in dreams…
Did you forget about backsliding? Backsliding is a sneaky devil, it convinces you that rest is good, lazy is good, and a bit of procrastination is fine.
It’s not. Don’t listen. You are lying to yourself and you don’t even realize it.
Tip #2 to staying healthy and keeping yourself on track:
You want to stay on track and be healthy? Put in the work, and don’t skip on your basics.
They are basics for crying out loud, skip on whatever else you want, but keep your basics as a base foundation to build things on top of off.
What are your basics?
Your basic building blocks on your journey of self-development are divided into three categories:
Don’t indulge in junk and unhealthy foods. Fried fatty foods, sugary desserts, and overeating. Eat well and just enough, be aware and mindful of what you are putting in your body.
Get the rest you need and sleep well. Good sleepers are generally healthier, eat fewer calories, and are more productive individuals. Don’t underestimate sleep, it can be your secret weapon to keeping you on track.
To stay healthy throughout the year, it’s important that you pay attention to yourself from the inside out. What this means is that being healthy and fit is about feeling good physically and mentally.
Getting yourself in tip-top shape doesn’t just result in giving you an ego boost (which doesn’t really hurt anyone), but it can also give you a wide array of other awesome benefits that help keep you strong and motivated to stick to your good habits.
Some benefits of regular exercise:
- It can improve your mood and reduce depression.
- Increase Your Energy Levels.
- Keeps your memory sharp and your brain healthy.
- Boost your immunity and makes you stronger inside out.
- Aids in giving you better quality sleep and good rest.
- It also promotes a better sex life, sexual desire, function, and performance.
It’s the small daily choices and actions that really create success — or failure — across every important area in life.
– Jon Butcher, Author of Mindvalley’s Lifebook Program
Meditate, meditate, meditate!
You have definitely read about the benefits of meditation. But knowing about it will not reap any results.
“Knowing is not enough. We must apply. Willing is not enough. We must do.”
— Bruce Lee
Meditation is fundamental to most basic mindful practices and it comes highly recommended on the list!
Imagine you can actually see yourself 10 years down the road of life and witness how meditation can benefit you.
Contribute to your success, allow you to achieve more than you could have ever imagined, make you sharper, smarter, and a beast in goal attainment!
If this outcome is realized to be ultimately true, you would immediately start incorporating meditation as part of your daily life almost religiously without question!
You will never believe the values it can give you until you actually start doing it regularly. Try it, with no bias, it will blow your mind.
But let’s put aside any spiritual practices or life-altering reasons.
If you practice meditation anyway as part of your exercise and health routine, it can enhance your physical, mental, emotional wellbeing, reduce stress, improve your sleep.
It also has a powerful biproduct on your character and mind allowing you to master your emotions, keeping you centered and strong.
Additionally, as a cherry on top, it can also increase your insights.
So keep in mind, If you want to lead a healthy happy life, then treat meditation as a solid foundation where everything is built on top.
Incorporate meditation into your daily routine.
A Final Word To Remember
Ground yourself and remember to ask yourself:
“What do I want to get out of this holiday season?”
“How do I want to feel?”
“Who do I want to be?”
Keep up your good habits
Watch out for backsliding! Backsliding is a universal experience. Your mind and body have a built-in tendency to stay the same within rather narrow limits, and resist change.
So know, that real notable growth will be associated with difficulty and not comfort. If you are comfortable, you are doing it wrong.
Know it’s there and just don’t give in.
We’re supposed to acknowledge what we’re thankful for in our lives during the holidays. So consider it a great opportunity to really dive deep into the practice of gratitude.
Try writing out why you’re grateful for with your family, your life, and for yourself.
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