How many times have you felt like the pounds just don’t seem to budge? You feel like you are watching your calories, exercising like crazy, and still…no sign of progress on the scale. Now, add the high-stress holiday season. Enter all of the expectations of you. Whether you are aiming to get to every holiday party, attend every school performance, or make sure to visit friends who need company this time of year, there is just so much on your list…in addition to all of the things you already do. Overwhelmed? Welcome to the company of many!
Sally is a great example of someone who squeezes something into in every minute of the day to “make the most of it.” While all of the action items on Sally’s list seem normal — good, even! — right now is a good time for Sally to give herself a break and actually shrink the “to do” list. Since she knows there is a lot expected of her, in order to keep her stress level down, Sally would benefit from a reset, even if it’s simply to take a short break from whatever she can to gain some stress resilience in her life.
If Sally were a wellness client of mine, these are the three simple steps I’d advise her to practice to regain control:
If she repeatedly awakens at 2:30am, boot camp may not be the best bet. This holiday season, I’d advise Sally to “first, sleep.” Without a consistent 7-7.5 hours of sleep, Sally’s body is starving for sleep. Without it, her body is unable to recuperate from all of the stress she places on herself. And, she is packing on the pounds from a lack of sleep.
If Sally continues to feel like she is not losing weight, yet eating so little, I’d advise Sally to find ways to relieve herself of stress or start to incorporate simple stress resilience practices like 30 seconds of breathing, 5 Minute Flows, walking away from email every 15 minutes, and my “signature car breaths.” The more Sally worries about her diet, the more stress she is placing on her body.
If Sally continues to be on the computer late at night, her brain is wide awake just before she’s asking it to turn inward and go to sleep. I’d advise her to skip the nighttime website searches and carve out time during her workday or – once she gets her 7 hours of sleep – early in the morning. The late “blue light” of her computer, combined with her high level of stress, could be the culprit for Sally not losing the pesky 10 pounds.
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Happy Holidays, Alexandria!
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