The holidays are coming…

It’s December 3rd and as we all know it’s a crazy stressful time of the year. I’m not talking about just the shopping, but the holiday gatherings, Christmas parties, errands, baking, cooking – the list goes on and on. Amongst all of that, there’s working out and staying healthy. As I write this, I am at the beginning of a cold. Colds aren’t normally a big deal, but I’ve learned to take it easy.

At work in the past three weeks we have had colds and the flu going through the office like a strange wild fire. On top of that you can feel the stress in the air about the holidays. I work in a department that unfortunately fuels its self on coffee and large amounts of sweet treats – this is a daily occurrence. I have been trying to keep calm and bring in my own healthy lunches and snacks as to not get sucked in. I too feel the stress of the holidays – it seems many don’t take the time to relax and be calm.

At my house we have decorated for the holidays, visited Santa and done a few other festive activities. A couple of times I have felt my stress and anxiety get high, and that has worn my poor immune system down. I am trying to rest out the first couple of days, as I know the more I push the more my immune system will give me the finger.

In my head I’m trying to count to three and think of the things that put a smile on my face. Like this:

This is my beautiful girl Sierra. As most little ones are, she is getting more and more excited about Christmas – I’m not going to lie, so am I. I have a few projects I am working on behind the scenes for Mud Run Guide, but other then that no upcoming races. It’s refreshing in the midst of the chaos to have her come up and want to snuggle or play.

I digress though. I have a pretty strong work out schedule on tap for December, but am going to give my body the thumbs up to chill so that I can attack December healthy and strong. I know what I can and can’t do, and want my work outs to turn on the fire inside me and not knock me down more.

There is a lesson in here though – take care of yourself and your body. Take deep breaths when thinking about this holiday season. Do things one step at a time – I make lists and it helps to get things done. Enjoy some hot tea. Have a bath. Play a game with loved ones, don’t feel you have to spend a lot of money to show people you care, pamper yourself – this season can drive us all crazy but a little bit of self care goes a long way. It’s better to take a little time for yourself then go completely crazy or by getting super sick.

It’s the season to be jolly not a stressed out, maxed out, sick ball of crazy. Please everyone take care of yourselves.

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