Eat, Drink, Reflect, Repeat

Ok, so we’re deep in the holiday season at this point. And it’s so easy for all that’s merry and bright to distract us and keep us busy from, well, ourselves…

It’s darker… colder… the days are shorter. There’s a calling to slow down… an invitation to go inward. The leaves are falling… the trees almost bare. The couch seems a lot more comfy… it’s a bit harder to get bundled up and get in the car to go to yoga… Winter. I feel you coming. I feel you on the outside and I feel you on the inside… calling me to honor my darkness. To do a final sweep clean of the cobwebs in the corners of my soul… to prepare for a shiny new year ahead.

So first off, I’m here to tell you… indulge, enjoy, be busy, be not busy, enjoy the cheer, the lights, the shopping, the hot cocoa, the cookies, but make just one promise to yourself – set an intention to pour just as much into you. Here’s what I’m doing…

6 Simple Ways to Nourish Yourself this Holiday Season

  1. Get extra movement in. Schedule your movement practices in the week before – if you can sign yourself into any classes do it in advance. If possible, get a buddy to do this with you so you can stay accountable together.
  2. Start your day with meditation. Focusing on our breath and body is the quickest and easiest pathway to the present moment. “Being present” is a practice. Set your timer for just five or ten minutes first thing in the morning – find a comfortable seat and just breathe. It has been proven that longer, slower, deeper breaths are linked to increased wellness. Meditation is not about turning off your thoughts – more about becoming aware of them. Use morning meditation as a tool to practice being more aware throughout your day.
  3. Drink plenty of water. Flush all the festivities out. Stay hydrated. Get a cool water bottle, cup or jug you like that makes you want to drink it. Spike it with some fresh lemon or fruit to make it exciting. If it helps you, keep a log or tally on a sticky note somewhere so you know you’re getting it in. One of the main causes of low energy is dehydration!
  4. Get eight solid hours of sleep each night. This is a non-negotiable for me! I am not perfect at this but I try most nights… sleep is when our bodies rest, repair and heal.
  5. Enjoy your favorite holiday treat foods but hold out for what you’re really craving. At holiday parties, snack on protein and veggies first. It’s also super helpful for me to drink a glass of water before and try not to arrive super hungry to the party…
  6. Practice seeing the beauty in everything. It’s there. It’s how you look at it. Cultivate a positive attitude toward everything by looking for the good in it. Situations, people, things, your life circumstances, all of it. There is always something to be grateful for.

Reflect

Take a look at these prompts and sit with them for a couple days. Ponder… remember… let yourself go back to certain moments and feel them again… and when you’re ready… put the pen to paper:

  1. Write down three goals you’ve reached/accomplished this year.
  2. What do you want to do in 2020 / what is your “2020 vision” (pun intended)? Sidenote: often with the beginning of a new year, we think we need to do new things or do things differently. This is not necessarily true. Maybe you had an amazing year this year and your 2020 vision is to sustain where you’re at.
  3. What do you need to do to create your 2020 vision? If your goal is to sustain where you’re at, how will you do that? What needs to happen?
  4. Think ahead before you get overwhelmed. Where do you need to bring some help on board to make your vision happen? We can’t do everything alone. Get help lined up now so you can move into the new year with less stress and more ease. This includes: childcare, housekeepers, personal trainers, life coaches, hiring employees, etc. If the area you need help in has to do with branding, websites, logos, social media or business coaching, please reach out to me as I’d love to work with you!
  5. Create a list of things to be proactive about for the whole year. Loosely lay out the entire twelve months so you get a more zoomed-out feel for what’s ahead. Leave plenty of space. Keep it simple. Let yourself get excited!

As always, I am here for you and I care about your success and happiness. The more connected we stay to ourselves, the happier our lives will be. I can honestly say this has been the best year of my life so far… and I can’t wait for what’s to come! Thank you for being a part of my life.

Cheers to a wonderful holiday season and welcoming in the new year with open arms!

xo
Loren

 

• photography by Amber Shumake