I have been affected by all of these variables at some point in my life. Over the years I have learned to start doing a few things intentionally during this time, and I would like to share them with you.
- Keep moving! Get up. Move Around. Go to the gym. Walk around the grocery store. Do whatever you need to do to keep yourself moving. Whenever you start to feel down, don't lay down or get in the bed... force your body in the opposite direction. Physical activity causes your body to release "happy hormones" that will legitimately make you feel better... trust me!
- Limit your time on social media. Some sort of social media usage is necessary for most of us, but try to keep it to the bare minimum during this time. Comparison is a bitter bug that can bite any body at anytime. You are especially vulnerable to it during this time, so try to limit the scrolling! You are running your own race, your own way, on your OWN TIME! Stay focused!
- Give yourself a break. YES, You might have missed the mark this year. You might have mismanaged money. You might have fallen off. But you can't do anything about it now. Use your shortcomings as cheat sheets to develop strategy for the future. What did you do right this year? In what areas did you make progress? Focus on THOSE things, and plan to do better in the other areas in the future.
- Watch your conversations. Its good to express your emotions, but continuing to repeat all of the negativity can be really detrimental to your mental and emotional health. Tell your brain where you want it to go. Talk about things that are light, fun, or that have nothing to do with the areas of your life that are stressful. Matter of fact, if you can help it, don't even say things/words like "stressed", "depressed", "I give up", "I failed", etc.
- Build yourself up. This is a great time to make self care a priority all around. Take baths, get a massage, change your hair! Looking good will make you feel better. Give yourself a fitness goal to work toward. Find some good books to read. All of these things are healthy outlets that also build you in the process.
- Remind yourself what God says about you and your future. One thing that I love about the bible app is that you can type in literally any emotion and devotionals and scriptures will pop up for them. There are tons of great devotionals on anxiety, letting go of the past, looking toward the future, building your faith, - literally everything you can think of. Start and finishing your day with prayer, devotion, and declarations.
- Lastly, surround yourself with positive, like minded individuals who won't make you feel like you're crazy during this time. Everybody is doing their own thing during the holidays, so it can be hard. However, whether you plan a game night with friends, attend a conference, or go to an event that encourages and inspires you, just be intentional around getting around some positive people.
This is a large part of the reason why I decided to host my first event in almost 5 yrs at the top of the year. (The Visionary Intensive: January 23-25th, 2020). I wanted to created a positive, iron-sharpening-iron type environment for visionaries to be able to come together and plan their upcoming year. From faith to finances, from our personal lives to branding; we are going to get our lives together from top to bottom, and have a great time doing it. If you're in need of this type of environment, I strongly suggest you joining me at The Visionary Intensive.