survive the holiday season

Surviving the holiday season

You have probably seen a few articles with this title out on the shelves, or in your inbox.


How to survive the holiday season. I really do think it is important to take note of how this season can affect you and your health whether that is relationships, mindset or body weight. We all have holiday memories we can hold dear to our hearts, but some of them are not so great. Ideally you want to be using mindful strategies to make this holiday season work best for you. After all, it is a time to share with everyone, and how can you do that if you aren’t feeling great?

From mindful eating, to saying no to things that do not serve you.. It is so important to keep tapping into your power and to take your life forward always. Here are a few tips, from managing your time to managing your food intake to keep you smiling into 2020.


Discover your passion.

You probably have a bit more time on your hands now, and more and more businesses are offering specials. Take advantage of that! You have worked so hard this year. Whether it be going for a new beauty treatment with a friend, or trying out a new gym or gym class, give it a bash! Maybe there is an app you have been eyeing out, or YouTube home workouts you have wanted to try. There is no better time than now, and it can really leave you feeling more energized for this end of year feeling.

Pick and chose events you attend carefully.

There will possibly be so much going on right now that you end up in overwhelm (ahem buying gifts for colleagues anyone?). It just isn’t possible to attend every event, and to be spreading yourself thin monetarily as well. So just be selective or you may not survive the holiday season LOL. There is no harm in saying no to events that either don’t fit your schedule, pocket or energy level.

Consider your food intake as a budget.

Spend it wisely! We, unfortunately, do not have endless budgets and so we need to work on picking and choosing what is going to be most worth it. Decide what you most want to eat, no not all the puddings, and enjoy it. Please also remember just because it is on your plate does not mean you have to finish it.

Try and stick to some sort of routine.

Christmas time and New Years are notorious for people staying up late, drinking too much and skipping physical activity. I can attest to that fact that although most routines are great to drop for a period of rest, there are others that are vital to keeping you functioning and happy. Maybe journaling while your great aunt visits will keep your mood in check? Please do prioritize that sleep and movement to help that too!

There will be plenty influencers online at this time with their tips and tricks, recipe swaps and home workouts so do take advantage of that. I can’t think of anything worse than starting the new year feeling bad about yourself and where you are mentally.

Stay tuned as I will be doing 12 days of Fitmas workouts for you on my insta..

p.s. make sure you have a fitband and sliders for it



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 @izzy.healthandfitness

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