When we think of “holiday stress”, many times we think of busyness, crowdedness, not enough time or money, being tempted by unhealthy foods and gaining weight, or being in uncomfortable or high-stress situations.
As humans, we tend to think that our beliefs are facts.
We might say, “I can’t enjoy the holiday parties because I will gain weight.”
But what we mean is, “I believe I can’t enjoy the holiday parties because I will gain weight.”
Or we might say, “I don’t like the holidays because it is too commercialized.”
But what we mean is, “I don’t like the holidays because I believe it is too commercialized.”
So your beliefs that you can’t enjoy holiday foods or that you don’t like the holidays because they are too commercialized guide your actions… you don’t enjoy yourself because you decided that you can’t.
Which just reinforces your belief that you can’t enjoy the holidays because you will gain weight or be stressed.
Your perspective creates your experiences. And your experiences influence your perspective. It can be a vicious cycle.
It is important to cultivate your perspective.
There is a well-known saying that goes: “Whatever you believe to be true is true.”
If you think losing weight means you have to be miserable and hungry… then you will be miserable and hungry while you are trying to lose weight. If you believe you can feel happy and confident, then you will act happy and confident.
Your beliefs determine your thoughts, and your thoughts determine your emotions.
You are the person who generates your emotions.
And your beliefs, thoughts, and emotions influence your actions.
And your repeated actions determine who you are.
There will always be parties, vacations, busy times at work or home, celebrations, stressful times, etc.
This is why managing your mind is so POWERFUL.
You are in control – not your environment or the holiday season.
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- Know how to actually reach those goals without getting overwhelmed
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- Recognize how your emotions drive your movements and eating choices
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- Be capable of deciding to love yourself and be happy and content in who you are.
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You, and only you, have the power to break through limiting beliefs and self-sabotaging thoughts and live a life where you are not overly obsessed with food, but eat a generally healthy diet, and are happy and content with your body! Message me if you have any questions!