From the end of October through the end of December, there is so much going on it can make your head spin. So I’ve spent some time thinking about how to help you get out of your own way so that you can have the energy you desire to get through the upcoming holiday season without feeling more stressed, anxious and constantly overwhelmed or behind.
All of this will sabotage your hormones. So today, I want to help you by discussing 3 habits you want to break NOW, before you are feeling like you are drowning in the holiday frenzy.
Take this time to reignite your focus, motivation and streamline what you’re doing so that you can keep your hormones happy and balanced.
How do you know when your hormones are imbalanced you ask?
If you are experiencing symptoms of fatigue, weight gain, PMS, menstrual irregularity, hot flashes, mood swings, poor sleep, hair loss and more….your hormones are not happy.
Over the years of working with women, I know how good and bad stress during the holidays can really get you off track. I’ve been able to identify different mindsets and habits that can help you from experiencing hormonal chaos.
Here’s what I’ve discovered…
The time you spend over the next two months can leave you heading into the new year feeling great or dragging your butt and feeling utterly exhausted.
And this is can be the stark differences in those who thrive and those that just survive with their hormone health intact.
Habit # 1 to break: Stop saying YES to everyone! You need to make time for you and you can’t do that if you are overextending yourself. Many women feel guilty about saying no. Why? Because we are people pleasers. It can be easy to get involved in too many activities.
We were all taught to be of service to others. To nurture. When you get stuck in a ‘service mindset’ you mistakenly believe that you need to do everything and be everything to everyone which keeps you stuck.
Habit # 2 to break: Allowing the wins and losses to determine Self-Worth (being emotional over every single thing that happens)
How do you feel when you are having a good hair day?
How do you feel when you don’t have a good hair day?
What if instead of placing your self-worth on how you look, you measure your self-worth on your own actions?
Are my actions supporting my body with love and compassion?
Are my thoughts and behaviors leading to positive self-talk?
Let’s be honest…no one stays 100% on a healthy food plan during the holidays. So feeling guilty, or beating yourself up with negative self-talk only adds undo stress on you and your hormone balance.
Having a special holiday meal with family and friends brings joy and pleasure. Yes, it is important to be mindful of what you are eating, particularly if it causes physical discomfort, but having a glass of wine or a piece of pumpkin pie should not consume you.
I have seen many women whose diet just goes out the window during the holiday and they just give up on themselves and the hope that they will ever feel well.
Instead, why can’t it be that you feel really proud of what you have accomplished? You are here, reading this and if you have been following me for any length of time, you are more aware now then say you were 6 months or a year ago about what it means to have a hormone imbalance and steps you can take towards healthier hormones.
Celebrate wins based on your actions, not the outcomes.
Habit # 3 to break: Stop making everything SOOOOO complicated and hard.
This is the most important habit to break… if you don’t it will cause you so much unnecessary stress and tension. I know, I have been guilty of this one myself.
The path to hormone health can be easier than you might think.
What I’ve seen is that those women who get in the right mindset going into the holidays are going to do better when the new year arrives. Those that set too high of expectations of what the holidays should look like, and spend all their time on making everything “PERFECT” end up being the women burnt out, stressed out and a hormonal mess by the end the year.
Instead of running around like a chicken with your head cut off, what is one thing that is important to you during the holidays? Is it being with family for Thanksgiving or Christmas dinner? Is it a day at the spa, gifting yourself some “ME” time? Is it listening to holiday music?
You don’t have to be the one making all the food. You don’t have to be the one doing all the shopping. You don’t have to be the one coordinating everything.
What can you let go of and/or delegate to someone else? Don’t take things too seriously or too personally. If someone has an issue with your new way of doing things, that is their problem… not yours.
You don’t have to make things hard or complicated in order to navigate the holidays with your hormone health intact, not to mention your mental health. You will then be able to reap the rewards of healthier hormones. You are allowed to make things as simple as possible so that you can enjoy the holidays without feeling all that unnecessary stress and tension that only leads to hormonal chaos.
So… are you doing any of these bad habits?
Ready to break them?
Want my help? If so, let’s chat.