Kind of an oxymoron, no? By the time you’d finish reading a list of 1000 tips to reduce stress, you’d likely be more stressed!
But business guru’s do suggest lists. They say ‘you’ love lists. “Write blog posts or create events with 5 Tips. 6 Points. 8 Ideas … ”
I get it. Lists are simple and straightforward chunks of ‘stuff’ to easily take in, and in this era of information overload ‘they’ say tweetable soundbites work.
I hosted a teleseminar the other day, 10 Tips for Healthy and Happy Holidays, and I delivered exactly what is suggested and everybody loved it, 10 easily accessible and bite-sized ideas to choose health and calm in the season of excess and indulgence. Here are the 10 Tips:
- Eat before you go to an event, or even before you go holiday shopping to reduce the risk of binge, emotional or exhaustion eating.
- If you’re going out to eat with friends or family, call the restaurant ahead of time to preorder a healthy meal that delights and satisfies you.
- Stock your office and car, briefcase and handbag with a green apple, to make sure you always have a healthy snack on hand.
- Pack a small bar of 75% chocolate in your handbag or suit jacket to indulge in a treat, with out going overboard.
- Where form-fitting clothes to reduce over-indulgence.
- Avoid hanging out around snack tables at parties, to reduce mindless eating.
- Limit alcohol consumption. Alcohol dehydrates, lowers the healthy pH balance of the body, reduces clear decision making, and affects healthy sleep patterns.
- Sit next to healthy eaters.
- Be the healthy role model you’d want to have at an event.
- Plan your indulgences ahead of time so you feel both in-control of your healthy choices and festive with your family and friends. By planning ahead, you’ll find it much easier to choose healthy throughout the holiday season, because you know your treat is coming up!
But … truth be told, you need do only one thing to enjoy happy and healthy holidays.
One soundbite to reduce stress.
One tweetable tweet to feel happy, healthy and in balance during the holiday season.
Reconnect to you. Reconnect to what matters most to you. Reconnect to why you do everything you do.
If you connect to you, if you connect to your Highest self, every choice you make will emanate from that Higher state of being. What you eat. What you drink. When you go to bed. Who you spend time with. What you do. What you don’t do. Everything you choose to do, and everything you choose not to do will be sourced by your commitment to be your very best self, so the list becomes sort of … irrelevant.
The tips are super helpful, but pale next to a reconnected and empowered you.
Have you ever said something or done something that you intuitively knew was not your best you? Have you ever felt disconnected from your best self?
I'd love to hear what you've done to reconnect to you in the comments box below.