Who wants to enjoy a healthy, happy, holiday weekend? I hope you are enjoying the holiday weekend, and other holidays to come. Since I am hearing a recurring theme among my clients, I thought to share this with a larger group. Perhaps you can relate to sometimes looking back over your shoulder wishing you had made better choices. If so, here are four tips to encourage you to create the past you want by being present in the now.
1. Practice self-soothing continuously. This means that you do things on purpose to feel calm, connected to yourself, and aware of your inner environment. This is important because when your outer environment is full of other people, other stresses, chaos, lots of food and alcohol, it is even more important to feel connected to yourself. I call this putting yourself in a good state. It is precisely this state that enables you to make choices that keep you on track. My favorite forms of self-soothing are taking relaxing deep breaths, stretching, walking in nature, refreshing exercise, and meditation. I do not include watching TV in this list because the goal is to connect with your inner self.
2. Plan ahead. Let’s say you will be with family and friends for the holiday weekend. Instead of leaving things to chance and instead of allowing others to be in charge of what you do and when, be proactive. If this means packing healthy snacks, making sure to bring comfortable walking shoes, or calling in advance to see if you can rent a bicycle, do it. Be the keeper of your pro-health practices and take responsibility for your environment to the extent that you are able.
3. Be the boss of you. It may be tempting to join others if they are, for example, blackening their steaks on the grill, piling on the processed food, throwing back huge amounts of alcohol, and sitting around lethargically. Their choices are theirs, and yours are yours. By empowering yourself to be focused on the habits and practices that align with your values, and by avoiding surrendering your values just to go with someone else’s, you can enjoy this holiday and others in the future and feel really good about yourself.
4. Make allowances mindfully. It makes sense that if love your grandma’s chocolate chip cookies, or your best friend baked some banana bread for you that you would want to indulge. There is nothing more empowering than being able to draw a line in the sand, and stay on your side of health and vitality. Since wellness was never about being perfect, it makes sense that you relax, enjoy yourself, all the while remaining mindful of what is more important to you in honoring your body and making your health a priority.
Have a great holiday. Thanks to the veterans in our great country. Love your body and get your body to love you back
Rosie Bank is Board Certified Integrative Nutrition Health Coach and the founder of Health Matters Coaching. She is the author of the book, Health Matters. Rosie is a graduate of the Institute for Integrative Nutrition and is certified by The Center for Nutrition Studies (e-Cornell) in Plant Based Nutrition. Rosie is an international speaker, blogger, and the founder of Health Matters podcast. She is certified as a Nutrition and Wellness Consultant through the American Fitness Professional Association and as a Nutrition Advisor through Sanoviv Medical Institute. Rosie founded The Vitality Club in Brentwood, CA in 2018.
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