Be sympathetic with yourself.

This time of the year can be super hectic.

We’ve got work parties, family gatherings, presents to buy, food to prepare….the list goes on!

This increase in pressure, along with for many of us, increased alcohol consumption, reduced sleep and poor nutritional intake can take its toll.

The demand to make Christmas perfect, to get to the holiday spot on time, to catch flights adds even more stress.

This combination of factors can see what should be a happy and relaxing time of the year, become a miserable, stress-filled period that sees us looking forward to getting back to work.

Now, I don’t have a magic bullet to fix all of that, yesterdays post highlighted why there are no quick fixes in health and fitness, but what you can do is get the ball rolling in the right direction.

We can do this by being sympathetic to ourselves.

When I was a kid, if I took a tumble, I got some sympathy and care and fixed up to fight another day.

The same rings true today as an adult. If I have a hard day, I try to allow myself some sympathy, a little downtime or positive self-talk, rather than lambasting myself for not having worked hard enough.

Our clients see the same. We focus on the high points rather than the low, their successes and goals rather than what they perceive they failed at or where they thought they should have done better.

As a result, our clients are happier and more confident in their daily lives.

A gradual increase in treating yourself sympathetically will see you achieve the same. Start small and work from there.

A simple way is to journal each night before bed.

First, write down all the things you have to be grateful for (weird I know, but it really works), you’ll have way more than you think.

Second, write down what you’re going to achieve the next day, in order of importance. You’ll be surprised by what you currently feel important and you’ll see that change as you become more sympathetic to yourself.

Third, re-read what you’ve written when you wake up so you have a clear focus for the day ahead.

Try that for the next week or so in the run up to Christmas and see how much better you feel.

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