Don’t Worry, Be Happy

Who are my fellow worriers out there? I’m a worrier by nature…and I’m not proud of it. I get that it’s wasted energy, and I work at talking myself down from the ledge, so to speak.

I read about a recent study that says 40% of the things we worry about never happen, 30% are in the past and we can’t do anything about, 12% are about other people’s business, and 10% are about sickness (real or imagined.) That’s a WHOLE LOT of unnecessary worrying!

Worry = stress = lack of sleep, sickness, and even WEIGHT GAIN…hello! Don’t worry, be happy!

Christy xo

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Kick The Winter Blues To The Curb!

 

I like the holidays just as much as the next person, but once we toss the tree and pack up all the lights, I’ve had enough of winter. Totally. Over. It. You’re probably thinking, over it? It’s only just begun, right? And I guess that is in fact true, but in northern New England it’s not unusual to get a dusting of snow on Halloween, and one last blizzard in late March. That can make for one hell of a long season.

I hate being cold, and I crave the sun. The bleak, gray days and sub-zero temperatures of winter used to have me down and out for a good three months (or at least until it was time to set the clocks ahead for spring.)

A few years ago when we moved back to New England from southern Ohio (where mild winters are the rule), I knew I was going to have to do something if I didn’t want to feel like a complete shut-in all winter long. Here’s a list of some changes I made that have helped me get through the season with a lot less frustration and keep my spirits up.

1) Work Out–exercise relieves stress by releasing endorphins, or “feel good” chemicals in the brain. It also gives you more energy throughout the day, which greatly improves your mood.

2) Add In More Whole Foods–eating a lot of processed foods like refined sugar and carbs will zap your energy, lead to mood swings, cause “brain fog” by reducing your ability to concentrate, and lead to depression. Introducing more veggies, fruit, and lean proteins into your diet will stabilize your blood sugar and hormone levels, and eliminate these symptoms.

3) Soak Up The Sun–Sunlight provides us with mood enhancing vitamin D. Being that there are fewer sunny days in the winter, many of us become vitamin D deficient, which can leave us feeling down. Make it a point to spend time outdoors and sit near the windows when a rare sunny day appears–even just a few minutes can make all the difference.

4) Try A Winter Sport or Activity–while it may be your first instinct to avoid the cold, try embracing it. Invest in some quality warm weather gear, and learn to ski, snowboard, or snow shoe. After years of my husband and kids begging me to take ski lessons so we could all have something to do together as a family, I finally bit the bullet, and did it. And you know what? It was fun! And because I was dressed for it, I stayed plenty warm.

5) Plan Something Fun To Look Forward To–winter can seem endless, so plan a weekend away, a spa visit, or some other fun activity to break it up. For the past few years, we’ve taken our bigger family vacation (to a warm location) in February. It works out perfectly! We have something to look forward to after the holidays, we get to escape the cold for a week or so, and when we get back, there’s just a few short weeks of winter to make it through!

Christy  xo

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Stree-Free Holiday? Isn’t That a Contradiction?

 

This year I was determined that I wasn’t going to let the holiday season get the better of me. I was going to get my shopping done early, and wrap those presents long before Christmas eve. I wasn’t going to eat everything in sight just because it was there on the buffet table at a party, and I was going to start a new workout program in the middle of it all, just to prove it could be done. In other words, I was going to beat the holidays by being perfectly prepared.

Ummm…what was I thinking?! I mean, preparation is an amazing thing, don’t get me wrong. I HIGHLY recommend it! In fact, you can’t be successful at anything without a good plan (at least in my opinion.) I guess the missing piece in my holiday planning scheme, is that despite all the planning in the world, perfection isn’t an option. Sometimes, unforeseen things happen that are beyond your control–somebody gets sick, you just realized you had two more people than you thought on your Christmas list, or the grocery store is out of your favorite Cabernet, so you’ll have to settle for red table wine. Sound familiar?

I had a little a-ha moment yesterday while the kids and I were out shopping. There were a couple of things we’d forgotten to buy, and with every stop we made, they seemed to remember one more thing we just had to get for so-and-so. After all of that, I realized I had to go back out to find a dress for our family Christmas party in NY, because it was the only chance I’d have to do it before we left. I was starting to get stressed because I realized that I wasn’t going to have time to get my workout in. I thought, how could I miss a workout when I’m starting something new? I made a commitment to show up!  Then I realized I was choosing stress by being so inflexible. I knew this week was going to be tough, and I was going to have to improvise a bit. We’ll be having people over, attending parties, traveling, and it is CHRISTMAS after all!

Seems obvious maybe, but in that moment I understood that I needed to cut myself some slack. This week is not going to be perfect, and my overall schedule is going to have some holes in it. And the truth is, there will always be challenges and obstacles no matter what time of year it is. Accepting those challenges and showing ourselves a little compassion makes for a happier, less stressful existence.

With that, I wish you a less-than-perfect but stress-free holiday with the ones you love, and blessings, love, and light in the new year!

Christy  xo

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