How on earth can you make it through this coming season without becoming exhausted, going into debt, or the ultimate dread – gaining weight? How can you come out the other side without being loaded down with guilt, avoiding the gloomy cloud of shame that seems to accompany all the extra spending and eating? Is it even possible?
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Thriving Through the Holidays
Yes, you can come out the other side guilt free! Below are some tips on how to accomplish this. You are going to notice that my first tips have nothing to do with eating, but they are key for thriving through the holidays!
- Realize that you are loved and cherished by God, just as you are! Remind yourself often, “God loves me just as I am. I don’t need to do anything to gain His love. He gives it to me freely. This is a season to enjoy His love!”
- Give yourself permission to not do it all. You don’t have to make every gift, shop in stores if online shopping is easier, break your budget to give everyone gifts that you can’t afford. Stop. Be authentic instead. Be true to yourself and what you can handle. Enough is enough.
- Take moments to rest and relax. Stop the insanity and sit down with some gentle relaxing music. Put your peace as a priority during this season of celebrating the Prince of Peace.
One of the things we enjoy most about the holidays is the food that we don’t tend to eat all year long. It is both incredibly yummy and abundant – causing a lot of overeating. If we feel guilty about eating this food, it will cause heartache and will most likely cause us to overeat even more. So there are some powerful secrets of giving yourself permission, within reason, that will prevent the heartache of weight gain and guilt.
- Do NOT deprive yourself. Deprivation breeds obsession. It makes things worse in the end, causing you to go crazy when you finally give in, which you likely will. Deprivation is a horrible task master.
- Give yourself PERMISSION to eat an occasional holiday delight. Make a choice to eat something that you especially love, choosing to eat a small portion, with celebration! Enjoy every bite, savoring and tasting with wonder.
- Develop the art of “saving for later.” When you have eaten a reasonable portion of holiday food, before you are stuffed full and uncomfortable, intentionally wrap up your leftovers, looking forward to when you will delightfully eat them again when you are hungry later. Saving for later prevents you from feeling you need to eat it all now.
Share Your Tips?
Do you have any holiday thriving tips to share with us? What have you found that helps prevent the insanity and guilt of the season? Please comment!
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