Small acts of kindness can go a long way to making someone's day. You never know what someone else might be going through. As Don Miguel Ruiz reminds us in his book "The Four Agreements", it's important to not take anything personally. When you encounter someone who seems rude or unpleasant in some way, step back and consider that they may be going through a very difficult time that is affecting how they behave. You just don't know, and responding with kindness could be just what that person needs to brighten their day.
The holidays are a funny time of year. It's a time of year when we give thanks to all that we have in our lives.
We visit with friends & family.
We exchange gifts and express our gratitude in various ways.
But on the flip side, it's a time of year that is insanely hectic, and this can lead to mounting frustrations that leave one contemplating the spirit of the holiday season. I encourage you to be mindful of this contradiction, and consider small acts of kindness that will foster the spirit of the holidays for you, and those around you...even complete strangers!
I love the idea of small acts of kindness that can make someone's day.
Have you ever paid the toll for the person behind you in line on the turnpike?
It's only a dollar, but it leaves one with a sense of joy for springing the surprise upon the stranger behind you.
In the spirit of extending small acts of kindness now and throughout the year I wanted to share a post that I encountered recently.
I came across this advent calendar and it inspired this blog post. I love these ideas. They don't take a lot of effort to extend each day.
Of course it doesn't have to be the holiday season to be extending these small gestures. In fact, being mindful of these small gifts that you can give throughout the whole year will surely make the community we live in a happier place.
Leave a comment and let us know what small gestures you extended in your daily life, and what kind of an impact it had on your or others.
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Not so fast!
I wanted to take some time this week to talk a little bit about setting ourselves up for success during the holidays.
It is so common for us to use the holidays as a big excuse to over indulge in all of the delicious treats that are available to us every where we turn.
The problem is that when we over do it during the holidays there can be major consequences.
When we stop nourishing our bodies with healthful foods and fill up on junk food all day long it can have an immediate impact on how we feel.
Does this sound familiar?
As much as the holidays are a fun time of year when we take part in the family traditions that mean so much to us, it's also a time of year that can be incredibly stressful for many of us. And when we're not at our best because we're living on junk food the negative implications can start piling up.
You will sleep better. You will have a more positive mindset. You will be less frustrated by traffic jams and long lines.
So, What's one to do?
There are so many temptations, and we all want to enjoy the holiday season, right?
Is depriving one's self of all of the indulgences of the holidays the way we want to spend it?
Christmas only comes once a year after all.
First of all, let's remember that we do want to enjoy the holidays.
Deprivation is NOT the answer by any means.
At Wilcox Wellness & Fitness we support the 80/20 rule.
That means that 80% of the time we should stay on point with our healthy habits, and the other 20% of the time we should take the time to enjoy what makes us the most happy.
The key is that the 20% should be spent on the things in which we take GREAT pleasure.
And during the holidays there are a lot of family traditions that involve not so good for us recipes that have been made for generations, holiday parties with friends and co-workers, and savory holiday meals around the table with the people who we love most.
These traditions are part of our culture. They are part of who we are. And the thought of eliminating these pleasures from our life is not only terribly sad, it's also unsustainable.
It's important to enjoy these traditions and take absolute pleasure in every moment, in every bite.....all in moderation.
MAKE A PLAN: Think about the parties that you have this week. Be sure to be on-point during the day leading up to the party. Eat a nourishing breakfast. Continue to nourish yourself throughout the day with healthy foods. Drink plenty of water. This way, when you arrive at the part you won't be starving and likely to eat everything in sight.
REDUCE ALCOHOL CONSUMPTION: There's nothing wrong with enjoying a glass of wine or a cocktail at a holiday party, but drinking will cause us to snack on those savory snacks that are lurking around. Alcohol also has a lot of empty calories. So if you'd prefer to enjoy your co-worker's famous fudge that you look forward to each year, make the choice to enjoy the fudge rather than the obligatory glass of wine.
DRINK WATER: When I'm at social events I usually have a glass of water in my hand. This keeps my hands busy so I don't have the ability to carry around a plate of goodies that I don't really want, and it keeps me feeling full so I don't snack as much.
BRING A HEALTHY ALTERNATIVE: If you're going to a pot luck party, think about a healthier contribution to the food table. You may be surprised by how many people flock to your healthier choice. And it will ensure that you have a go-to that you can enjoy.
A favorite of mine is cantaloupe wrapped in prosciutto. It's super easy to prepare and really delicious! Just chop up the cantaloupe into bite size pieces, wrap in slices of prosciutto, and hold together with a festive toothpick.
Most importantly, enjoy the holidays! Make every minute count. Christmas is only comes once a year after all!
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