3 Tips for the Holidays Plus A Soma Holiday Menu
1. Be Intentional
Many of us will swing from one to two things if given the whole week off for Thanksgiving. We will either say that we will do nothing and let impulse lead us every day or we will make a list of everything we can’t do while working and try to get that done during our off days.
Neither one of these is helpful. Instead, be intentional with your tasks, rest and fun. Choose 1 thing to focus on over your break and choose 1 life giving thing to engage in. Cleaning out 1 closet, spending time with friends, reading a book, going on a walk, a massage, make an appointment with a counselor or keeping a good rhythm of sleep are examples of being intentional.
You can also be intentional with food. The idea that we have to overeat really unhealthy food is overrated. Be intentional with what you are going to cook. It can be both healthy and delicious! If you are traveling to a friends home or family, bring a dish and a dessert that you can indulge in for seconds without feeling guilty.
When we are intentional, you will find that your tasks, rest and fun will truly be life giving.
2. Take Inventory
If you have extra space and time over the holiday, use it to take an inventory of your priorities. Here is an illustration to help you get started.
As seasons of life keep going, we often just keep piling life on top of our life before. Stopping and taking an inventory will help you see where you are at and where you need refocus. Don’t assume that the new year will solve all of your problems.
Stop now and ask these questions: Is there anything that is keeping me from being my full and authentic self? Where am I “asleep” and need to be “awake”? What do I need to let go of or delegate? What do I want to do more or do less of?
Journaling is a very easy way to process through these questions. Give yourself time and space to think and process. Taking inventory helps you to reassess your priorities and refocus on moving forward.
My clients begin each session with “What is going well!” It is important when we make changes to always keep an eye on what is going well.
As you gather with family or friends and neighbors, see them. Be present. Ask them what is going well and celebrate with them. We all have things we are working on and need help with, but if we can pause and be grateful to celebrate the things that are going well, we will find the strength to keep moving forward.
Soma Thanksgiving Menu
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Cornbread and Sausage Stuffing (Grain free, Gaps and Paleo)
Einkorn Macaroni and cheese (I use gluten free jovial pasta)
Blackberry Cobbler (Paleo, GAPS)
Chocolate Pecan Pie (Paleo)
We hope you have a wonderful Thanksgiving and rest filled holiday ahead!