3 simple ways to stop holiday anxiety in its tracks
well, guys, we’ve officially made it to the end of November. crazy, right? i can’t believe that Thanksgiving is in 2 days… which means that Christmas is just around corner… & then before you know it, it’s going to be 2018. twenty. eighteen. just let that sink in for a minute.
a lot people experience anxiety around this time of year, & who can really blame them? there are so many parties to attend, many of us are traveling to be with our families or are hosting our families ourselves… & we all know what family time can do to us, amiright? there’s also the whole food aspect that comes into play… being around that much food can be difficult if you have issues with food & body image… it’s all kinda scary stuff, right?
if you experience anxiety around the holidays… regardless of what triggers it… & would maybe like to change that this year, here are 3 ways you can stop holiday anxiety in its tracks, & actually enjoy the season just a little bit more this year.
1. slow down. food anxiety tends to show up a lot during the holidays. to say that the latter part of the year is all about indulgence is an understatement. i mean think about it… Thanksgiving is a holiday that revolves around eating. and 9 times out of 10 the food being served at Thanksgiving or Christmas dinner is not good for you. but, i’m a big believer in balance, & allowing yourself to indulge here & there without feeling guilty… as long as you’re mindful about it.
and the easiest way to do that is to slow. the f*ck. down. take small bites. actually chew your food. put down your fork when you’re talking in between bites. breathe. there is absolutely no need to rush. oh, & just stop when you’re full. you shouldn’t eat until you feel sick… ever. you don’t need to leave the dinner table hating yourself for what you just ate. listen to your body in the moment… you’ll thank yourself later, i promise.
2. take a lap. one of my favorite ways to chill the f*ck out when i’m feeling a little antsy is to step outside & go for a walk. i pop my headphones in, put on some tunes, & just start walking. sometimes i walk to nowhere. sometimes i wander for 15 minutes… other times i wander for an hour. sometimes i’ll grab a coffee or a smoothie along the way. there’s just something about being outside, looking up at the sky, & feeling the fresh air on your face that has serious healing powers, regardless of where you are.
3. practice gratitude. it’s easy to forget that the reason these holidays exist in the first place is to celebrate life. to celebrate everything we have. to celebrate love. we can all get caught up in the details, which can send us into a downward spiral of panic, but when we find ourselves having one of these moments… whether it happens while you’re trying to shop in the middle of a very crowded store, or while you’re having a conversation with your grandma about why you still don’t have a boyfriend, or when you find yourself stranded at the airport after 14 hours of flight delays, the best thing you can do to pull yourself together immediately is recognize that your anxiety is taking over, take a deep breath, & find something to be grateful for… even if it’s something simple. when we take the time to express gratitude, it helps to put whatever is making us anxious into perspective & ground us just a little more in the moment.
BONUS TIP: avoid political conversations by setting the precedent that you’re not going to talk about politics with your family… before you arrive at Thanksgiving dinner. listen, & take it from me… i know from experience that it is just not worth it to get into political debates with your family. you think they’re wrong, they think you’re wrong, you’re not going to change your mind, & they’re not going to change theirs. those are the facts. is it upsetting? yes. is it worth getting into an argument about over Thanksgiving or Christmas dinner? absolutely not. but, even if we try our hardest to avoid the conversation, there is often still that onnneeee aunt/uncle/brother/sister/parent that just looovvvvveeesssssss to stir the pot. so, this year, ask your family [over the phone or text, anything works here] to please leave their opinions at the door. tell them that you want to spend the holidays enjoying each other’s company rather than wanting to punch each other in the face. leave the politics for the “professionals”.
do you have any go-to strategies for dealing with holiday-induced anxiety & making it into the new year with your sanity? leave them in the comments below!
and don’t forget: i’m now working one-on-one with clients to help them overcome their anxiety & pursue a life of balance in the same ways that i have. if you experience anxiety… or if anything in this post spoke to you on any level… sign up for my newsletter for more details to come… & to make sure you never miss a post!
happy Thanksgiving, everyone!
thirtsy thursday: spicy cucumber margaritas
yes, i’m well aware that it’s not quite thursday yet, but since tomorrow is cinco de mayo, i wanted to make sure this post was up a day early, just in time for all of your balanced celebrations!
one thing you should know about me is that i effing love margaritas. for whatever reason, they have always been my favorite cocktail… maybe it’s because i associate them with the summertime, and sitting on the beach, soaking up the sun… but anyways, it was inevitable that i’d be experimenting with making my own, and what better a day to share the recipe with you than cinco de drinko?! [and there will be more where this came from, i can promise you that!]
this spicy cucumber margarita is pretty much the perfect balanced cocktail. the tequila will get you feelin’ a little loose while the cucumber will help keep you hydrated [and gives the drink a really light and crisp flavor] and finally, the jalapeño will not only add a little kick, but help boost your metabolism, too.
for 2 spicy cucumber margaritas you will need:
- 1 cucumber, thinly sliced
- 1 small jalapeño, seeds removed + thinly sliced [more or less to taste]
- juice squeezed from 4 limes
- 1/2 cup tequila blanco
- 2 tsp. raw honey [more or less to taste]
- coarse kosher salt, sweet chili powder + cane sugar for rim
- a few cucumber + jalapeño slices set aside for garnish
- place the cucumber and jalapeño slices, lime juice, tequila and honey in a blender. blend until smooth.
- on a small plate, combine a little salt, chili powder and cane sugar [about a tsp. of each should be good]. wet the rim with a leftover piece of lime, and then dip into salt, chili powder, sugar mixture.
- place several ice cubes in each serving glass along with one cucumber and one jalapeño slice.
- pour blended mixture over the ice, garnish glass with cucumber and jalapeño, top off with a fun paper straw [or a paper umbrella] and enjoy!
happy cinco de mayo! [and as always, no drinking + driving!]
merry christmas! merry everything!
season’s greetings from north western p.a.! i’m back home in good old edinboro until monday, and i’m so excited to spend some quality time with my family and friends, eat and drink more than i should, and get a little r + r in before heading back to l.a. and resuming “reality” next week.
the weather here is unseasonably warm [as it’s been unseasonably cold in l.a.], which is fine by me [5 months in california and my already low tolerance for cold is even worse than it was before] … a white christmas would have been nice … but that just means i literally won’t have to see snow until winter 2016 … hashtag blessed.
i’m spending this week doing some planning for the 2016 bananas + bellinis updates [expect january to be full of newness], and even though december’s posts have been sporadic, i wanted to take a minute to wish you all a merry christmas! … a merry everything really! i hope santa brings you all you wished for and more … can anyone make sure this dog is under my tree tomorrow morning? that would be just spectacular.
p.s. don’t forgot about balance this week! indulge. be lazy. relax. eat. drink. sleep. but not without making sure you’re eating well, moving and being active even if just a little bit, and spending your time in a way that makes you feel good.
also, don’t let your annoying relatives get to you. let the questions about why you’re still single or where your career is going from your aunt/uncle/cousin/parents roll off your shoulder. nix the political discussions … they’re never productive and only add stress and chaos to your life.
personally, i’m doing my best to make sure i’m doing all of these things … yes, it’s hard this time of year … but you’ll thank yourself later … trust me.
my holiday gift ideas for the hard to buy for people in your life!
it’s the most wonderful time of the year … and in the blogging world, that means one thing … holiday gift guides!
this year, i decided to combine the women’s and men’s gift guides into one post, since we’re approaching the final full week for holiday shopping before christmas is officially here.
here are a few holiday gift ideas from your’s truly … #4 in the men’s guide is my brother’s company … so if you have a bearded guy in your life, this will be perfect!
[also, if someone wants to snag #1 on the women’s list for me, i promise to love you forever.]
3 tips for staying balanced this thanksgiving
thanksgiving is one of those holidays that most of us have a love/hate relationship with. on one hand, it’s amazing because it brings family and friends together over a big, home cooked meal where old traditions are carried out and new memories are made. on the other hand, family drama can come up, your entire life can be picked apart by judgmental aunts and uncles, and the big dinner can be the kickoff to the holiday weight gain we all dread so much.
anyone feelin’ me here?
while no one should be feeling like they need to take such drastic measures as drugging their family to survive thanksgiving, i think it’s so funny in the first place because it really is so relatable … amiright??
here are my 3 tips for staying balanced this thanksgiving, both mentally and physically, so you wake up monday morning after this long weekend not only feeling like yourself, but feeling better than you did today!
1. set aside some time for yourself. i’m not going home for thanksgiving this year because l.a. and my hometown are just too far apart and flights are too expensive, but somehow i still managed to fill up every single day of this long weekend with some kind of activity or adventure [not that that’s a bad thing]. however, i know the importance of taking some time for myself to chill the eff out, so tonight, when i leave the office, i’m heading to a yoga class to start my weekend off on the right foot. it’s very easy to get wrapped up in the go-go-go of a holiday weekend when you’re hopping from party to party, traveling or prepping for the big day, but it’s so essential to set aside some time for you! sleep in tomorrow, take a relaxing bath tonight or head out to your favorite workout class friday morning. whatever it is that helps you unwind and makes you feel good, make time for it!
2. eat mindfully. i obviously talk about this a lot [this is a health and wellness blog, after all] but this is even more important on thanksgiving, the holiday centered around eating. before you dive into your thanksgiving dinner, scope out all of the options and see what you’re workin’ with. fill your plate up with mostly veggies, and then add potatoes, turkey [if that’s your thing] and whatever else might be calling your name [obviously leaving some room for dessert, too!]. and when you do dive in: slow. the eff. down. take small bites. chew your food. breathe. it’s not a race. enjoy your food. by the time you’ve finished, you’ll feel full and satisfied, not like you need another huge plate to get the job done.
3. take 5 minutes to acknowledge what you are thankful for. this should be the obvious tip, as this is thanksgiving, but i think that the majority of us have lost sight of the holiday’s true meaning. thanksgiving isn’t about eating a turkey, it isn’t about leaving your family gathering early to head to the mall to trample other people in the name of “getting the best deals” … it’s about being thankful and appreciating everything you have. there are so many people in the world who would kill for your sh*tty studio apartment that you pay way too much money for … they would love to have a family as annoying and crazy as yours … and yes, they would probably do anything to have the job you complain about day in and day out. if you’re reading this from a computer or a smart phone, i guarantee you are luckier and more fortunate than most of the world’s population. take 5 minutes tomorrow to write down … yes! write down! what you’re thankful for and why. keep those things in mind when things aren’t going your way this weekend. an action this small can take you leaps and bounds … you’d be surprised!
happy thanksgiving, everyone! i hope you have an amazing day celebrating with your family and friends, and take some time to unwind the rest of the weekend … you deserve it!
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