Anyone else have a Thanksgiving hangover like me? Whether you had too much food, too much family, too much not working out, or too much shopping, it’s easy to feel a little less than zen over the holidays. I had a great long weekend with family, but I have to admit I’m feeling a little a blah both physically and mentally and I’m starting to freak out about the holidays.
I think it all started with Halloween when I had one too many pieces of candy, which led too many cookies and too many pieces of pie. While I did enjoy them, too much of anything is never good. But it’s not just my diet, I think I’m feeling the pressure of the holidays-to get the tree up, the presents bought, the cards out, and the house in order.
Today’s Monday Motivator is about starting fresh before you get holiday burnt out. It’s a reminder to not set too many unrealistic expectations and embrace the reality.
I was listening to a podcast with Karen Maezen Miller, a Zen Buddhist Priest and wanted to highlight 3 things I learned about staying zen over the holidays. (this can also apply to everyday life, but I found it especially relevant during the holidays when we all feel a little overwhelmed.)
1. Give yourself permission to say No!– Be free of resentment and guilt. Don’t do things out of obligation. You will appreciate it and others will too.
2. Give yourself permission to be tired.-get the rest you need when you need it. Fatigue doesn’t last and tomorrow is another day. (I’m going to bed as soon as this post goes up.)
3. Be You!-This can change depending on the day or the moment. Don’t judge, accept your highs and lows, your need to laugh or cry.
I’m going to try to keep these in mind over the holidays and on a health note and getting rid of all the candy in the house and substituting pumpkin pie for green juice!
So how do you get over your Thanksgiving hangover and stay zen for the holidays?