I know what you’re thinking: seriously Jessica? You’re going to try to tell me how to stay healthy during the holiday season? Do you even understand how the holidays work?!
Don’t worry; I know. This post may take a different direction than you anticipate, so let’s dive in, shall we?
The holidays have always been a triggering time to indulge. There are Christmas baking treats galore, liquor to be had, 12 course meals, and snacks on snacks.
Also, let’s address the fact that Christmas looks differently this year. Restrictions keep getting tighter as each day goes by, and not getting the chance to see family and friends, and potentially spending the holidays alone, is very disheartening. *Cue emotional eating*
All that being said, I think the best way to have “Healthy Holidays” is to not be so hard on ourselves.
Health and wellness is a journey, which means it’s a long-term element in your life. You don’t reach goals in your health and then sail through life remaining untouched. Any kind of journey is not a straight path; it’s often very bumpy; a rollercoaster, if you will.
When I think about it, I actually think a straight path would be rather boring- the same sight to be seen over and over, no elevation changes, no ways of testing your strength and showing yourself you’re capable of a good challenge…
Therefore, my suggestion for your wellness, in general, is to try your best. That’s it! That’s the formula. Take the time to discern what is important to you, and what your goals are, write them down, and then let what happens happen.
Have you heard of the phrase “slow and steady wins the race”? This is very true in health. The goals that you have will be accomplished by small, achievable goals over time. I know, I know. You’re disappointed to hear that there isn’t a “quick fix”. The reality is that “quick fixes” are just that: quick. They don’t last. They are not sustainable. They don’t last. We have to be okay with moving slowly.
Don’t be discouraged, because every step you take is moving you. You may not feel the difference as quickly, but I promise you, you will get where you want to go if you just choose to move instead of not trying at all. I found a great quote the other day that I posted on Instagram: “Be not afraid of going slowly; be afraid of standing still”- Chinese Proverb. In other words, don’t be afraid to walk and end up stumbling along the way. Be afraid of not taking the walk at all. Don’t be afraid to eat the treats, or lose track of your goals, be afraid of staying in the same place, bitter at those who are getting somewhere.
We often stand still because we fear imperfection; we believe that we will keep making the same mistakes and screwing up, so what’s the point? Friend, I’m telling you that happens to EVERYONE! You are not a rarity. You CAN achieve what you want, you just have to accept your humanness, give yourself grace, and KEEP TRYING! Pick yourself up, brush yourself off, and do your best.
My deepest hope for you over the holidays is that you experience joy. Jesus is the reason for the season, and He should truly be our focus. I promise you that if you gaze upon Him and His beauty, you will live in such a way that exudes gratefulness and thanksgiving, instead of restriction and bitterness. He is our health. He is from which everything flows.
“I am the vine, and you are the branches. If you remain in me and I in you, you will bear much fruit. Apart from me, you can do nothing” John 15:5
Rejoice in Him today!
Wishing you many blessings this Christmas season 💚
- Jess 🙂
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