The holidays are around the corner; Mariah Carey is singing/screaming “All I want for Christmas is you”, you are desperately looking for presents, trying to keep up with your busy work schedule and at the same time still going to the gym three times a week. It is the same procedure as every year. Everyone is looking forward to a few days off, but everything that leads up to the break may be wearing you down.
So I’ve made a simple list to keep my motivation up as I see out the year and hit the ground running in 2018.
1. Acknowledge your achievements
It’s time to acknowledge what you have achieved this year before setting the bar high for the next one. Lots of people get caught up with making resolutions instead of being aware and proud of what they have achieved. Don’t stress yourself before the New Year has even started.
I am personally proud that I managed to go to the gym on a regular basis. I never saw myself as a gym person, however a friend convinced me to give it a try and now I really enjoy it. For me, this achievement is definitely a motivation for the year to come.
Think of something you are proud of and give yourself a well-deserved pat on the back!
2. Be generous
Of course you shouldn’t only think of yourself. The holidays are also the ideal occasion to be generous toward your family, colleagues, team mates and even total strangers.
I’m not talking about money or presents I’m looking at the simple things like giving compliments, your time, a nicely written card to say thank you for what you’ve achieved together over the past year.
3. Break with traditions
Are you in the habit of hibernating for at least three days over the holidays? I definitely did last year. Sitting around waiting for the next meal to be served is totally exhausting and makes me moody. So this year I will definitely get my butt up to go for a run in the cold or push my family to have a tennis tournament instead of sitting around. Why not give yourself a challenge to go for a snowy hike or try an icy dip in your local lake or sea? The fresh air will definitely improve your mood and burn some of the dreaded calories.
4. Shut out negativity
Talking of bad moods, are you anticipating frazzled tempers at the dining table or last-minute work requests that will swim around your mind during the break? Whatever happens, try to shut out any negative thoughts for at least one day.
I hereby challenge you to hold your tongue and not say anything in a negative for at least a day or try writing down five reasons to be grateful to override any negative thoughts. Positivity is only a matter of mindset.
5. Find some peace
Looking around I sometimes feel that the holidays have become pure stress for most and a delight for only a few. If this sounds like your break, try to find quiet moments for yourself, doing what really brings you back to earth. Don’t skip your gym classes, team training or morning run, because these moments will clear your head and boost your motivation for the upcoming days and the next year. For me, Yoga with Adriene has been a true blessing to relax and focus on the positive. Try it out!