I challenge you now to consider the following – How might I be able to consistently provide myself with foods that optimally nourish me? With exercise which enhances not depletes me? With adequate time allotted for rest, such that I will wake each day feeling refreshed and best suited to take in the simple joys which this season bestows upon us?
In a weak moment, or moments, you may be tempted to fall into “auto pilot mode,” traveling from one holiday gathering to the next mindlessly eating and drinking anything and everything in sight … afterall, ‘Tis the season.
The vicious cycle may continue. You have a food or alcohol or worst of all - a combination of both, hangover. You feel exhausted because you are consistently staying up too late at social gatherings, or baking, or wrapping gifts (insert your excuse here). Thus, you begin to feel as if you have no energy to exercise. The energy which it would take to provide yourself and/or your family with wholesome meals seems daunting, and so you pick something up on the go. Just when it feels as if you ought you throw in the towel altogether, you do what so many of us are tempted to do … You set your sights to January. “In January, I’ll start again fresh - with a clean slate!” We tend to equate the dropping of the ball at midnight on December 31st as a breath of fresh air. A new year equates to a new beginning.
I sincerely hope that you will take a few moments now to honestly consider how you might ward off that sense of spiraling out of control which this, the latter portion of December, can present. Unfortunately, no matter how hard we try, the holidays inevitably seem to leave us feeling defeated and/or depleted to some degree. Not exactly the foot upon which to optimally “start fresh,” right?
Perhaps you will consider joining me for an afternoon of Accessing Mindfulness Saturday January 3rd 12:30 – 3PM. This workshop will provide you with a safe forum in which to identify and mindfully establish lifestyle practices which will truly support your well-being. Feel free to contact me directly for EARLY BIRD REGISTRATION by Saturday December 20th.
For now, please remember, mindfulness is NEVER more than one breath away. You have complete control over how the days ahead unfold. I challenge you to mindfully embrace it all … with gratitude. Afterall, ‘tis the season!