January 2nd

I don’t think I like New Years as a holiday anymore.  There’s too much build up and pressure that it just guarantees a let down.  New Years Eve is fun, but highly overrated.  You go to so much trouble to put together some epic way of ending one year and beginning another, when most people just wind up with a hangover and disappointment.

I had a fun New Years Eve this year, very fun to be correct, but it was still just a day.  And on this day, like most days before it, I thought about all the things I was going to do differently once the clock struck midnight.  I was going to wake up and do yoga and meditate (even though most days I already do one or both of those things), and I was going to eat better and drink less (even though I already eat pretty well and I already cut back on drinking).  So January 1st started with yoga, good food choices, and a positive outlook on the next year.  But January 2nd was different.

On January 2nd I woke up with a horrendous migraine that basically disabled me from doing anything but lay around and think.  And what I thought about was this strange concept that surrounds New Years.

Nothing changed when 2017 ended and 2018 began.  I mean, I was one day closer to turning 30, but that happens every day.  It was just another day.  I mean, I did celebrate this new day watching the most insanely awesome firework show I’ve ever seen. So I guess that was different, but otherwise everything else was pretty status quo on January 1st.

We often think that a new year means we have to change.  But what if things were pretty good in the old year?  Can’t we just keep rolling on and change accordingly?  If I want to go on a diet, I will.  I mean, I won’t because diets are stupid and I love eating, but if I do decide to eat better/less then I’ll do it whenever I feel like it.  It could be in January or March or even August, it really doesn’t matter when.  

The point is, if you want to make a change then just do it.  Don’t wait for a specific day of the year or some sign from the universe to do something.   And don’t think that just because it is a special day or you received some sign from the universe that you have to make a change at all.  Maybe you’re just crushing life and should keep it up.  Either way, don’t think you owe anything to 2018 and need to immediately quit all your bad habits.  Maybe some of your bad habits make you who you are, and they’re not so bad at all.  Unless you’re smoking crack or something, that’s definitely bad and you cut that out immediately.  Otherwise, 2018 can chill out to wait and see what type of person you are, or aren’t. 

Happy New Years, friends.  May 2018 be less of a clusterf*ck than 2017. 

Holiday Self-Care Tips & Tricks

The other week as my husband and I frantically tried to figure out our holiday schedule between our FOUR families (the joys of being children of divorce), I almost considered packing up our stuff and shipping off to the west coast where we would never be heard from again.

Clearly, we did not do that.

Instead, we were able to reach some compromises and our families were understanding and flexible.  I know, unheard of, but we’re pretty lucky.  However, the stress doesn’t stop once you decided where you’ll be for a holiday.  Oh no.  That’s just the beginning.  Then you have to actually go to the holiday, and if you’re over 25 you most likely have to help.  And I haven’t even gotten started on Christmas shopping…

It’s enough to make anyone go from Buddy the Elf to the Grinch real fast.  So what can you do?

Obviously preparing ahead of time is out of the question because let’s be honest, no one will ever buy their Christmas presents in October or anytime that is not a week before Christmas.  It just won’t happen, that’s not who we are.  So instead, I offer you these tips you can do for yourself to try and stay sane this holiday season.

Keep your body healthy from the inside out

You know what’s worse than sitting through another game of charades with your drunk aunt?  Sitting through it with a head cold.  Pump up that vitamin C (if still counts of it’s in a mimosa, right?) or start taking a daily multi-vitamin.  That way, your body will work to stay healthy even while you’re sleeping!  But I’m not a doctor, so definitely consult one before adding or changing anything to your diet.

Sweat it out

A lot of fitness studios have special challenge classes and packages around the holidays to help combat added stress, as well as added pounds.  Check our your local gyms to see if there’s any specials going on.  Or you could join me on Thanksgiving at SoulCycle for the infamous Turkey Burn, a 90-minute ride (aka back-to-back classes), where I may or may not collapse mid sprint.

Get your Om on

As a huge proponent of yoga (and a certified 200hr teacher – woo woo!), there’s no better way to decompress from a mall overrun with late, insane shoppers than finding some peace and calm.  Head to a studio or grab your mat at home and flow through some sun salutations.  For some added peace of mind, diffuse lavender oil while you move and make sure to take an extra long savasana. Namaste indeed!

Sneak in some “you” time

If you have to travel and stay with family for the holidays, make sure you can carve out a little alone time to decompress.  Put on your noise cancelling headphones and watch Stranger Things (again) on your phone.  Borrow a car or take your own and go for a drive, maybe to an old hometown favorite spot.  Go for a walk with an old high school friend or a relative you love but don’t get to see too often.  Or go see a cheesy holiday movie by yourself and treat yourself to your favorite movie theatre snack.  The point is – make sure you give yourself time to recharge.  Even the most loving families can be overwhelming and smothering.

When it comes to gifts, do what my family does – Amazon wish lists.  Make a list, check it twice (hehe), and send the link in a group email, then have your family do the same.  It makes life SO. MUCH. EASIER.  So when you’re going around the dinner table to express your gratitude this holiday season, make sure you mention Amazon Prime; the greatest gift to mankind.

Stay sane my friends.