It’s the holidays, or should we say “holicraze.” Year-end deadlines are fast-approaching at work, your diet is getting sabotaged with cheese balls and chocolates lurking around every corner, and now you’ve just been asked to host your family’s annual holiday gathering. With your To Do list at an all-time high, along with your stress levels, it can be more tempting now than ever to set aside your daily self-care routine until 2019. But isn’t this supposed to be the most wonderful time of the year? Take a breath. We’re here to help.
We sat down with alignment specialist and empowerment coach Lauren Roxburgh (there’s a reason she’s one of our brand ambassadors), to get her mindfulness tips for staying balanced (and merry) this holiday.
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“I always say align your body; align your life,” said Roxburgh, who’s certified in the fields of Structural Integration, classical Pilates, nutrition and pre/post natal yoga. She’s also the author of the best-selling book, “Taller, Slimmer, Younger – 21 Days to a Foam Roller Physique.”
“It’s really about having more freedom in your life and making more choices that come from within,” said Roxburgh.
And here’s how:
Follow the 80/20 Rule
Because what are the holidays good for if not a few indulgences? Luckily, with this easy tip, taking an extra slice (or two) of gouda from the charcuterie platter doesn’t have to turn into a downward spiral of guilt.
“If you’re good 80 percent of the time, then you can indulge and have fun 20 percent of the time. And you can do that anytime,” said Roxburgh.
Shift into a state of gratitude
Ok, so this one may be is easier said than done. Yet, we all have things we’re thankful for. The key is remembering to staying mindful of those things, especially when you’re feeling frazzled.
“I always say, whenever I feel stress, shift into a state of gratitude,” said Roxburgh. “You can always shift from a state of feeling super worried and stressed and being fear-based into a state of elevated emotions of gratitude or joy or passion or purpose. There is always that choice, and that helps us make better choices when it comes to movement and eating.”
Now all you have to do is master the whole mind over matter thing. But you’ve got this!
Stop stressing out about social media
This may seem a little ironic coming from an influencer, but really the key to happiness is keeping your scrolling to a minimum. Don’t let other people’s comments become the focus of your day.
Instead, follow Roxburgh’s approach. After all, she has amassed a community of more than on 29k followers on Instagram.
“Check in in the morning, check in in the afternoon, and if you do a post, don’t go back to the post and keep checking how many likes you have, how many comments. Who cares? Let it go. If it’s what you really want to say to the world, and it’s authentic, then stick with it.”
Make movement your medicine
With the onset of holiday gatherings, this is a time of year when you’ll likely be confronted with people (family members, co-workers, the dreaded ex, etc.) who might make you uncomfortable. Along with being unpleasant, this negative reaction can also make you crave sugar or want to eat horrible foods, according to Roxburgh.
So how do you cope? Use those negative feelings as a reason to get moving.
Roxburgh suggests doing calming activities that won’t add to your already hectic schedule and create more adrenal fatigue. Instead, you should engage in a movement ritual that can lead to the parasympathetic state of the nervous system and what she refers to as “the fountain of youth.”
“Getting your system into that state with yoga, meditation, breath work, rolling, going for a walk in nature – that’s very powerful. It will calm your nervous system down, and you’ll make better choices,” said Roxburgh.
Do a relationship audit
We all have friends. And then there are “friends.” Those that we connect with on social media. Sometimes the later can start taking precedence over genuine relationships. Like a lot of things in life, your friendships should be about quality and not quantity.
“I think it’s really important, whether it’s this time of year or any time of year, to think about your relationships and are they really authentic,” said Roxburgh. “Just being more authentic with your own feelings and connecting within is really what helps us filter out what’s really serving us.”
It all comes down to mindfulness and being in tune with your authentic self. This will ultimately lead to making better choices.
Know what you want, write it down
“Whether it’s physical body or lifestyle or relationships or you’re wanting to manifest more time in your life or you’re wanting to manifest the love of your life. All those things, if you bring the awareness of what is it you truly desire. If you bring that to the surface, write it down and put it out there, you’ll be surprised how quickly it shows up,” said Roxburgh.
This may not help you manifest everything on your wishlist this year. However, when it comes to being happy and healthy, we think that’s the greatest gift of all.