By Bronwyn Ison

Tis the season to be merry!  The hustle and bustle of the holidays commenced just before Thanksgiving.  It is the time of year that our schedules are overwhelmed with parties, family, our children’s school programs all while continuing to work and balance our lives.  Remaining on task and being diligent during one of the busiest times of the year will reap numerous benefits for you long term.

Exercising fitness in both body and mind will be an essential ingredient for success.  Partaking in holiday parties is fun but comport yourself moderately.  Do not over indulge in food or alcohol.  Naturally you will suffer.  You will experience a loss of energy, weaken your immune system, and jeopardize your overall well-being.

Be cognizant of your decisions.  Plan ahead.  It is tempting to view the holiday season as a free pass to eat and do what ever we would like.  I’m not implying you can’t have a little treat here and there.  Keep in mind the calories, extra carbohydrates and sugar will debilitate you.  If you find it challenging to resist then you may need to forgo those special invitations.

You can be selective in how you choose to spend your time during the holidays.  Perhaps shopping at the mall is time consuming for you.  Cyber shopping may be the route you take this holiday.  Think… no crowds, no waiting in line, and you may score a better deal online.  Plus, you can simultaneously be preparing your favorite holiday dish to share at one of the many Christmas parties you have been invited to this season.

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The holidays can be stressful.  Here are some suggestions on how to avoid feeling trapped in the hustle and bustle of the holidays…

Maintain your existing exercise regimen.  If you do not have one it may be a good time to adopt one.  Exercising will alleviate stress, provide more energy, render you centered, calm and at peace.

Consider devising a plan before your commence your day.  My day begins with a daily devotional.  It sets the tone for my day, allows me to adopt a plan, and implements a course of action on how to approach my day.  You may also want to write a short gratitude list.  Studies have revealed, happy people are grateful.

Construct a plan for your day.  Know exactly what you need to accomplish and consummate in your day.  Of course it is possible you may be thrown off track every so often.  If you are lead astray, remain diligent and get right back to your plan.  Plan, your work, work your plan.

Stay rested.  Make sure you are getting enough rest. Fatigue will not allow you to enjoy the holidays.  You should relish in the festive times not dread this time of year.

Stay healthy. Be grateful.  Enjoy your family and friends.  Invoke love and kindness.

Blessings to everyone this holiday season! 

Bronwyn Ison is the owner of Evolve Yoga.  www.e-volveyoga.com 760.564.YOGA (9642)

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