Here we are on the first day of December. As we close out the year, you have one month left to focus on your health goals for this year. Letting your guard down just because it’s the holidays does not give you a pass. Don’t let the holidays derail your work on your health goals.
Who is taking care of you? You and only you are responsible for your health. There are many things that impact your health status so I chose to focus on these three topics; ‘me time’, self care and self-reliance. Each of you are in a different personal situation and you need to develop the skills that are most pertinent to you.
I use the word ‘self’ in many ways. This does not imply that you need to be living alone or supporting only yourself. I am asking you to develop the skills you need so that if you find yourself alone, you can continue to support yourself. I also ask that you make your own health a priority. You cannot take care of others if you are not in the best health possible. I include ‘me time’ as a separate focus so that you can learn to carve out key times during the day to do something for yourself.
If you have already identified ways to improve your health and you are working on some goals, you need to make an extra commitment to them as you may be facing daily events or foods that will test you over the next four weeks. Colder weather may also impact your exercise goals.
What can you do this month? December is a tough time to begin but this doesn’t mean you can’t start analyzing your current habits. What will you do today? Are you struggling to find 30 minutes each day to focus on yourself? If you are new to this site there is an Activity Journal under the Resources tab to help you work through this process if you need help finding the time to do this. The Resource page also has different activity lists in case you need other ideas.
Don’t let the holidays derail your work on your health goals but be intentional on the items you will splurge on. Plan ahead and work in movement every day. Sample food and drink in moderation. You can enjoy the season while maintaining your health goals.