5 Tips to help you enjoy a stress-free holiday season
By Michaela Anderson, CCP
The holidays are a wonderful time to celebrate with family and loved ones. There can also be a lot of stress paired with your Figgie pudding, fruit cake, and Michael Bublé. Here are a few simple tips to help keep your stress levels to a minimum over the holidays.
Tip 1: Quiet Time
Turn on some relaxing music, pull out a good book, or simply close your eyes and listen to your breathing. Avoid playing with your phone during this time and really focus on creating some quiet space in your mind. There are great Apple Music curated playlists for meditation and yoga that can help you wind down and relax. You can also set a timer on your phone to ensure you give yourself enough time to actually relax.
If you are a person who relies on food prep to keep you on track with your goals, ensure you give yourself enough time to get it done. When you start to feel like you’ve got too much going on, ditch any parts of your schedule that aren’t serving you and your goals. Pick the most important thing you can do each day to keep you on track and feeling great and commit to that.
If you have a multitude of events and gatherings to attend, prioritize the ones that you must attend. Send a simple Christmas card, phone call or email to those you cannot join to let them know that you were thinking of them.
Family gossip can be toxic for gatherings as well as relationships. Make a commitment to not feed the fire of gossip with any negativity or energy. Tune out, change the subject, and find your way back to your focus for the event.
Give yourself a break, get help, delegate, order in, buy pre-made, and let yourself enjoy the holidays. There is no need to pretend to be Martha Stewart. Sometimes it’s more fun to simply buy from Martha Stewart instead.
I hope these tips help you ditch the holiday stress and help you enjoy the hustle this year.
About Coach Michaela "Mickey" Anderson
Michaela Anderson is a Certified Coach Practitioner (Life Coach & Executive Coach), Mindset Specialist, Level 2 CrossFit Trainer, and a 200 YTT Certified Yoga Teacher. She is the team leader at CrossFit Closer and works with individuals and groups to improve their mindset and achieve goals.
1. What brought you to the CrossFit Closer family in the first place?
I saw my friend after a very long time and her physique really surprised me. I asked her literally, how the f#@k did you get a body like that?!?!?!She told me trained at CrossFit Fortis in Orleans, and how she was addicted to it. I was looking for a change and hell ya, a body like that so I started my research on CrossFit. Why this location? I have known Diana for a very long time and occasionally would bump into her at Goodlife and she told me about CrossFit Closer. I was looking for a BOX and she just gave me nudge in the right direction.
2. What's your proudest moment so far?
When I started CrossFit did not have the strength to lift up anything heavy let alone swing from a bar. I am still far from doing a toe to bar but the knees are getting higher and higher, so for me to see this, I feel proud and excited.
3. What's your best / funniest CrossFit Closer story or experience?
To have fallen over backwards many times when doing snatches, at first I was very embarrassed and hoped no one saw me, but I guess after falling over a few times, you kind of get used to it and get over it! I also have to add, the first time I did cleans, I was very sore and went to work with what looked like a hickey on my collarbone! It freaked me out but my coach reassured me, its normal!
I am happy and proud to be a member of CrossFit Closer as everyone is like a family and very supportive!
with Coach Mickey
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