Christmas at Rockefeller Center, located in New York City, USA (Photo credit: Wikipedia)
But, the holidays also create stress and unrealistic expectations that can put a damper on things. There are many people who enjoy the season but there is a reality of the extra task of buying gifts, hosting the traditional celebration, stressing about finances, job security, and other pressures from various sources.
Holiday occasions should be like a breath of fresh air. Do not let outside worries or circumstances interfere with one day or a few hours of joy. It is meant for you to stop and allow yourself to feel love, happiness, hope and goodness, no matter what.
If things are starting to get out of control, think about the big picture. Holidays are not forever. “What are your expectations during the holiday season?” “What are your expectations for family, friends or your job?” “Can you use this time to relax and enjoy the ones you love most?” These are loaded questions. Take time to really think about the answers and bring yourself to a good place.
Why are these questions important? Because expectations can mess with your mood and your happiness. Do not let negativity cloud your judgment. Keep your thoughts clear. Focus on yourself: your health, your weight goals and most importantly your happiness.
If you think the holiday will be picture perfect, you know just like on T.V. , the food, the people, the gifts….think again. Don’t get blindsided by circumstance. There is often a person or event that will bring you down before you have a chance to take your next breath. Your expectations can be a huge factor for your sanity, wellness and even your weight.
An “expectation” is a belief about what might happen in the future. Keep in mind that while it is impossible to predict what will happen in the future, you can use past holidays to gauge what is likely to happen based on previous years. If there are things that have happened in the past, certain people or situations that have “scrooged”you out of everything including a happy holiday, just DO NOT let it get to you this year.
Know it is likely going to happen again and plan how you are going to avoid any aggravation that comes your way. Set realistic expectations knowing that the only person that can control your moods or happiness is you. Keep stress at bay. Think positive thoughts. It is about your health, happiness and the time you spend with those who you enjoy being with, not the gifts, the job or any distraction in your life.
Make this holiday season one of the best ever!
Be well, keep things in perspective, think positive thoughts, keep your spirits high, your outlook on life good and help to keep your healthy lifestyle (eating and exercising) consistent during the holidays.
If you need a little push let a song infiltrate your soul. These songs, Bob Marley, “Don´t Worry Be Happy”, http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=poCo_7ZjYA8, or “Don’t Worry About A Thing, ‘Cause Every Little Thing Is Gonna Be Alright,” http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=mACqcZZwG0k, work for me. Find a tune that will help straighten you out, let it get stuck in your head and sing it like you mean it for as long as you need it!
No matter what’s going on, music can make you feel good inside so sing and spread the holiday spirit and most of all enjoy life!
Anyone have a song or a plan to avoid being “scrooged”? I would be “happy” to share.
Happy and healthy holidays to all!