Before the Tornado arrived on the scene I was prideful.
I boasted about the fact Hanukkah is a low stress, minor holiday.
I shared with frazzled friends how Thanksgiving wasnt a huge, over-the-top deal for my family.
And, since we dont celebrate Christmas, December 25th was a looked-forward-to oasis of calm I *treasured.*
Before the Tornado I was prideful.
I needed no acronym to propel me through the final few weeks of the year as I pretty much rocked them responsibility & commitment-free.
To my chagrin and delight (dagrin?) with the addition of a child comes added hectic days and responsibilities.
I now I look to E.A.T.S (the acronym not drowning my frazzle in latkes) to get me through and, since I like to think everyone is as I am, Im here to share my E.A.T.S.-solution with you.
Each day is a new one. I get up, I do the best I can, I go to bed, I get up the next and try again. No matter what transpired over the course of 24 hours Im never as far from my healthy living path as my very next choice. As I told my clients: if you woke up & saw 3 three tires on your car slashed would you impale the 4th? (NO!) For our purposes each morning is that 4th tire. We’re gifted a fresh 24 hours & have an opportunity to make new choices.
Always put YOU first. Make time for self-care & you’ll resent the busyness & OTHERness of your day less. Be it N.E.A.T., traditional exercise or other self-care–bitterness from *only* doing unto others is worse than not exercising/eating trashtastic foods. Even 5 daily self-care minutes over the next 3 weeks will add up to a healthier, happier you as we launch 2014.
Triggers. Identify your triggers (to overeat, to become stressed, to grow angry or resentful etc) before the season gets crazy. Whether it’s a seemingly innocuous family member’s comment of oh I thought this was the year you were going to look for a new job or what feels like a pointed accusation of I see you didnt lose weight as you’d planned. Identify triggers/rehearse how you’ll respond/deflect instead of reacting with negative or self-destructive behavior.
Set yourself up for success. Your regular routine might put Olympic athletes to shame—but the next few weeks are not ‘regular.’ Dont fall into the all or nothing mindset & toss in the towel. I map out my holiday season with bright red Xs on days which are extraordinarily hectic. On red X days I either plan ahead for early morning me-time or simply acknowledge those may be days self-care wont happen. Red-X days also help me see (even if the season feels insane) my truly slammed days are few.
What do you say?
Will you join me in E.A.T.S.’ing through the next 20+ days?