Surviving the Easter Season – Stress Free

Another manic holiday season is about to arrive…

This one can be just as stressful for many as Christmas holiday season is. Of course we love the time off, time with our families and general relaxation. However, I know for some of you, ‘food stress’ is on its way! Maybe even some guilt for not being in your usual training routine. I can tell you that it is normal. I also want to tell you that every event in life, every celebration and holiday is meant to be enjoyed. It’s not meant be spent stressing about the could haves, and should haves.

I want you to enjoy this long weekend for all the happiness and joy your life holds!

You are living a lifestyle that doesn’t/ shouldn’t have an on and off switch to it. You should be able to feel empowered no matter what events come your way. And no holiday season food, or change to routine, should send you into panic mode!

For those who may still be finding the balance, let me give you a few pointers to keep in mind this weekend (stress aside of course);

1. Keep moving.

Movement is medicine, and even in a quiet holiday time it feels great to get outdoors. Celebrate this beautiful earth and your able body. Go for a hike with the family or maybe cycling is their thing? You can even walk your dogs if you are having a lonely holiday. Any form of movement is so great to keep disease away and keep you fit and strong.

Remember to take your resistance band away with you wherever you go.


2. Eat that Easter egg!

And without guilt! If you try so hard all weekend to avoid even one bite of chocolate, only to binge on everything in sight on Monday, how do you think you are going to feel? Don’t ever tell yourself a certain food is off limits, just adjust your mindset and know that if you have one now you don’t need one later and so forth. Small indulgences are always better than a full on binge.

I have been loving a marshmallow egg every couple of nights. I definitely don’t feel the need to hide in the cupboard and finish all the kiddies eggs.


3. Switch off.

By this I mean, log off anything that may make you view your life in a negative way. Get off that social media platform, say no to that friend that always makes you feel bad. And most certainly open up a good book and dig in. If TV is more your thing then do that too, but allow yourself to enjoy a more a positive space.


All in all, I just hope you all have a wonderful restful time and never feel guilty for something that is temporary

Isilda Da Costa is a personal trainer and women’s fitness specialist who, if she isn’t at the gym training, is busy researching the most up to date information for growing those muscles. She has combined her love of everything healthy by being a health coach in her own health shop in Swaziland. Follow along on

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