November is notorious for snuggling on the couch, eating an unfathomable amount of food at holiday meals, and binge-watching your favorite TV shows. But those sedentary activities often undo all the progress you made on your health goals earlier in the year, which is why adding a few November self-care activities to your schedule right now can make all the difference.
Planning ahead for the holidays can help you stay focused on your goals. Which of these November self-care activities would you add to your list this month?
Plan a Holiday Menu
Want to make the holiday feast a little easier this year?
- Make a list of possible menu items you’d like to prepare for your gathering.
- Review the menu with anyone who needs to be involved in the process.
- Once the menu is final, gather recipes and create a shopping list.
- Then, when the it’s time to go grocery shopping, all you have to do is cross what you already have on hand off the list. Easy peasy.
- For more meal planning ideas, grab LivingUpp’s healthy real food list here
Have a Difficult Conversation
Is there someone in your life that you need to have a difficult conversation with? Do you need to apologize for something you’ve done, or address a behavior that has violated your boundaries? Getting that conversation out of the way before the holidays roll around will not only help reduce your stress, but it will likely do the same for the other person involved too.
Spend Quality Time with the People You Love
Take a break from the hustle and bustle and spend some quality time with loved ones. Take a walk, look through old photos, have a cup of coffee, ask them questions about what’s going on in their life and what they need help with. Make the most of your time together.
Time for a reality check: There’s only so much of you to go around, and chances are you’ll be invited to dozens of gatherings and events. That’s why it’s essential to know your capacity and only commit to what’s realistic. Practice saying no in a way that feels good to you. Here are a few examples:
- No, thank you.
- I think I’ll skip that today, thanks. (I use this all the time in the checkout line.)
- I’d rather not, but thank you.
- I would love to consider it next time.
- Thanks so much for the invitation, but I won’t be able to make it.
- Life is pretty full right now; maybe next time.
Determine Your Holiday Spending Budget
Decide in advance how much money you’ll spend for the holidays. Establish a spending cap on gifts, or opt out of gift-buying altogether. If you’re in the midst of getting your financial house in order, consider making handmade gifts or organizing experiences instead of buying gifts.
Prepare a Car Emergency Kit
The winter months have a way of creating unexpected snafus sometimes. Make sure you have these mobile essentials in your car “just in case”: water, energy bars, jumper cables, flashlight, first aid kit, blanket, ice scraper, and warm clothing.
While cooler temperatures may lure you inside (where the wine is), be sure to plan some time outside. Take regular walks or hikes, even if it’s just for a few minutes each day.
Add a few November self-care activities to your calendar right now so you’ll have them all mapped out ahead of time. Need some more self-care ideas? Grab a list of over 300 self-care activities here.
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