“Don’t let obligation turn into perpetual self-sacrifice.”
Physical and Emotional Health Slump
Starting in November, people experience a significant downgrade in both their physical and emotional wellbeing. This health slump, if not managed appropriately, can feel impossibly difficult to emerge from after the holiday season passes. How we manage this downgrade is key.
In today’s episode, we provide methods for breaking free from the holiday health slump by encouraging you to create your own personalized care plan. Furthermore, we encourage you to write your care plan down to build commitment and for easy reference when you need it most.
I. Introduction to Fighting Health Slump Episode:
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II. Defining The Problem:
- November and December are difficult months of year regarding both physical and mental health.
- Physically, we exercise less, consume less nutritious foods, and anxiety rises.
- Emotionally, we become overwhelmed with family demands and our sense of obligation runs over into non-sustainable self-sacrifice.
III. Create a Care Plan To Fight The Health Slump
- Change exercise format, not amount.
- Keep healthy food options in front of you.
- For both diet and exercise, it is okay to take a break as long as you create a plan to get back on track. Avoid the yoyo!
- Manage physical effects of anxiety by taking extra time for yourself (walking).
- Define who’s demands you need to accommodate. Say no thanks to those that have nothing to do with you.
- Identify those that fill your cup and don’t empty it. Spend extra time with those folks
- Avoid using social media as an escape. Escape by getting alone time while doing something kinaesthetic.
- People tend to take care of themselves first. Why are you not doing that too?
- You want to come out of the holidays feeling refreshed!