Oh hey blog friends… It’s  Kristy… I’m back!

I’ve been thinking alot about what I should focus on for this post. I thought I could talk progress, which I’ve has some of. I’m down a few lb’s and have been killing it in classes, but it just didn’t feel right. I bounced back and forth on a number of other ideas, but I kept coming back to the topic of the holidays. Why? Because I struggggglllllle with them. And, I truly think many other people do too. So let’s dive right in…

To be frank, I’m not one of those people who gets filled with joy and happiness around the holidays. For me, it’s quite the opposite. I always start feeling the impending stress right before Thanksgiving. Somehow work schedules, holiday expectations, family dynamics, and life in general always seem to intensify and in turn drive me bananas. I get anxious, impatient and sassy.  I become short with people, and sadly in the last two weeks, I’ve gone off on the checkout lady at Sprouts as well as at a gal manning the drive-thru at Starbucks. Clearly, this time of year does not bring out of the best of me. I honestly don’t want to bring everyone else down so I try to keep these feelings to myself (except in the terrible moments like the ones I’ve listed above…) I know so many people find this time of year to be simply magical, but I just don’t have that same experience.

So, why the hell am I writing about this on a health and fitness blog? Because I KNOW I am not alone in this feeling and I am sure some of you out there can relate. The holidays can simply be hard and hopefully I can normalize this feeling for a few of you… as well as share how I’ve learned to cope with the special season of the year.

So here’s the one thing I have learned about coping with the holiday blues… You’ve GOT to take care of yourself. I’m not kidding. It’s so easy to put everyone’s expectations above your own needs, or push yourself too far, let your diet go off the rails or start skipping the gym. I know it’s easier said than done, but just don’t do it. If you make even a small effort to take extra care of your brain and your body, I know you will thank yourself later.

I’ve been taking a couple steps myself to ensure I don’t lose my shit this year. For one, the gym is non-negotiable. I have a schedule of going 6 days a week, with an optional active recovery day 7 of yoga. I am meal prepping and eating-in more than I am eating-out. I am allowing myself some wine, or Matty and I will split a beer, but am trying to keep my alcohol intake reasonable. I also have acupuncture scheduled and am headed to a sauna appointment before I leave for Boston to see my family. In addition I am focused on staying hydrated, taking a few supplements and trying to get enough sleep.

I know if I do not take these steps, I am going to feel completely run down at the end of the month, both physically and mentally. I know by taking care of myself, hopefully I will be a bit more patient and self-forgiving when I have those rough moments. Also knowing I have a great gym that I can come punch something at (when feeling beyond annoyed that my coffee took 12 minutes and 27 seconds) makes a big difference. I know I won’t always be perfect.  I am bound to lose my patience, cry over a spilled latte, and go for ice cream on my lunch break, but I am trying, and that all that matters.

So take care of you this holiday season, and I can’t wait to check in again in 2017!