Surviving the Holidays without getting the Blues

It’s supposed to be the Most Wonderful Time of the year, But it is also the most stressful time of the year as well. There is a reason most Psychologists’ offices are booked, Doctors offices are filled, and Holistic Health Practitioners sell more gift certificates than ever.

Our anticipation and excitement of the Holidays can turn into feelings of depression, or anxiety. Symptoms can include headaches, insomnia, uneasiness, anxiety, sadness, intestinal problems, and unnecessary conflict with family and friends.”

In nearly two decades as a health practitioner I have watched as from Halloween to New Years the business of the Holidays swallows practice members up like a tidal wave only to spit them up on the banks of the New Year ragged, exhausted and worse for wear.

Most often I hear how people are a mess from all the emotional intensity of family gatherings and long term family communication patterns… or the lack there of, and rich Holiday foods and sugar… oh the sugar. Most would like to take a vacation from their lives for a bit of a refresher.

That is why after years of watching most of my clients struggle I have found and created a whole food system reset for each season. They all have all the essential elements to clear out, bolster and support a new and healthy you. Get everything you need menus, shopping lists, daily practices, 22 years of nutrition study and know how, PLUS community support, group coaching calls once a week, and a private Facebook page support center. Look HERE.

But for now here are my TOP 3 tips for battling the Holiday Blues!

Tip # 1: Give yourself a Break

While you might have to show up for events, dinners and parties take care with yourself. If you are feeling overwhelmed stop and take a minute for yourself. Take a few minutes in a quiet place (this can even be the car), and slow down your breathing. Close your eye’s if that is comfortable. Center in yourself. Take a few deep breathes. Focus on your breath moving in and then out of your body.

Feel the tension melt away. Don’t expect your mind to quiet down just stay focused on your breathe. Feel the stretch of your muscles around your middle. Let your belly fill up and expand. This is not the time to hold it in. There is a reason the Buddha is depicted as having a round belly. Because peace is known through connecting back to the belly and the lower triangle.

Tip #2: You don’t need to go all or nothing

While you might end up consuming more food, or indulgent food over the Holiday you can find some balance by balancing an indulgent evening with some post event juicing or a mini detox day. Fresh vegetable juice can be an amazing way to get nutrients, antioxidants, and give your digestion a rest even if it’s just for half a day.

Below is a recipe from my Fall Detox

It is a great way to start the day and clear your system for great digestion. Add your favorite vegetables and fruit to suit your liking.

Green and Glowing
Breakfast Smoothie

[Serves 1]

INGREDIENTS
½ bunch kale
1 handful spinach
½ cucumber
1 pear, sliced
½ cup unsweetened cranberry juice, or coconut water.

Tip #3: Move it to lose it

Not only is movement a great way to lose weight it is a massive piece in stress reduction. It is absolutely necessary for deep cleaning and body health to create enough movement to get a light sweat at least once a day. It is important for the basic, and optimal function of the body.

You don’t have to hit the gym and oil your body just take a walk. Breathe some fresh air. Connect with the natural world around you. Getting the fire going in you will keep you warm all day long.

I’ve worked with clients who not only have lost weight and kept it off, but who have also seen their energy level skyrocket, their skin clear up and even their allergies disappear with just even 20 minutes of walking a day.

Are you ready to discover the benefits of healthy detoxing for yourself?

Click here to learn more about my upcoming Whole Food System Reset.

What questions or concerns do you have about participating in a detox?

Before you try something new, like a detox, it’s normal to feel hesitant. I want to hear from you. Hit “reply” or email me at info@thesweetlifecleanse.com. I read every email that comes into my inbox and I promise to email you back personally.

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