With the holidays in full effect and being a planner, I kind of take the whole holiday season on as a challenge. A challenge to somehow be involved in all the holiday festivities, stay on task with my training and enjoy every minute of it. I have a pretty set schedule as to how my day and week flow, but the holidays and family can throw it all off. The fun holidays add more stress but somehow, I, we, are supposed to keep it all together and be happy about it.
I am determined to enjoy the holidays. Ok, that sentence almost doesn’t make since, Lol, but I am. I have lived away from my entire family, husband included for years and the holidays have always been a time that has brought me back to where I feel safe and loved and that’s with family. Now that I live at home the feeling hasn’t changed but the prep for the holidays has. I used to just fly in and show up. Oh, how nice that was. Now I have a child and am included in the whole holiday prep. I have always known what was done to prep for the holidays but now I am in the mix. Thanksgiving was even at my house this year, stressful. If you haven’t hosted a holiday dinner, I suggest you do, just to understand and appreciate the saint that opens their door to you and your family year after year. Christmas was at my sisters, so I guess she’s a saint too.
In past years we’ve had almost 60 family members get together to celebrate the holidays but this year it was just my mom, dad, sister, brother in-law and niece. It felt similar in a lot of ways but also foreign. This made me a little sad because it was just another reminder that the world is not back to our normal. They say we must get use to a new normal but right now I am still choosing to be stubborn about the holidays and I just want it to be like the “old days.” Let me stay on topic. 60 people can be stressful to plan for but during this climate so can immediate family. Often anything out of my regular training schedule or week can send me into overdrive. I had to come up with a plan to not be overwhelmed.
This Christmas I decided to keep most of my shopping online. I know from talking with friends and seeing the news that a lot of people decided to do this, this year. I wasn’t really nervous about being out and shopping I just felt it would make it easier to juggle getting gifts and keeping my training schedule. You know for many of us shopping for Christmas is not a quick ordeal. It can be an all-day on your feet type of thing and with training that is not an option. Training schedule: M,T,R,F,S… like I said not an option. Believe me as an athlete you can feel that in your legs and feet the next day at practice. I went out twice and put a time limit on it. Those days I did, I rubbed my lower legs down in the relief cream and took my deep sleep isolates from BioFit 360 to help relax and recover. Doing this for myself allowed me to mentally and physically be ok with the extra stress I was allowing the holidays to put on me. You see I said allowed because let’s be honest, we don’t have to be out all day and night and cloud all of our thoughts with buying the perfect gift but somehow, we love/hate it.
I did something different this year with my gift giving. For some of my family and friends I added a special category if you will. I didn’t just think about what they wanted for entertainment or house needs I thought about health. I specifically remembered a few family members commenting on aches and pains, so I gifted them some products from BioFit 360. I constantly talk about taking care of our bodies and try my hardest to take care of mine. I figured why not give them some of the same products I use. It’s one of those “you’ll thank me later” gifts. Lol They have been asking about it anyway so I know it will be something they will use and love. I’m happy I did that. I felt like it was another way of telling them I love you and I listen when we are together. Sometimes it’s the little things, you know.
Just in case you were wondering what I use from BioFit 360 it’s the topical relief cream, Isolate drops (Orange Cream is my fav), and Deep Sleep droplets. I’ll tell you what I told my family and friends, you’ll thank me later. ;)