My Take on the Holidays

by Alex Charfen
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The holidays are great for spending time with friends and family. You create incredible memories, celebrate traditions, and get extra time to spend with your loved ones. To me, that's why they're so important. 

But at the same time…

The holidays are some of the most stressful and difficult times of the year. 

There are so many massive expectations swirling around that it can be a time of high pressure and noise. It's easy to get caught up and spend your whole holiday in a state of panic and run yourself down. 

 

But I want you to know this – you don't have to lean into what the rest of the world does during the holidays. You don't have to feel those things anymore. 

In fact, you can use this as a time to make massive gains on everyone around you.

Because let's face it… 

Most people use this time of year to overindulge, overconsume, and make excuses.  

But doing so is a choice. And if you choose not to, you're going to be so much further ahead than everyone else who is. 

Several years ago, I came to this realization and decided to do the opposite of what everybody else does – stick to a routine. 

Now I'm not perfect. 

Sometimes I slip, but overall, I stay committed. And that's the most important thing. 

I make sure to stay hydrated, do my morning walk, breathing exercises, eat clean, and stay on top of self-care all together. 

If you find the holidays stressful like I do, I think following a routine will help you a ton too. 

But I don't want you to get the wrong impression here…

I don't hate the holidays. I don't want this to come across as I hate Christmas or anything. I think it's an important time of year. I love spending time with my immediate family and celebrating them with Cadey and the girls. 

But I think the holidays are a time where we're all supposed to feel happy and connected with the people around us. I do somewhat feel this way, but it's also one of the most challenging times of the year for me, so sometimes it feels like a battle between the two. 

So I've found to get through this time of year and actually enjoy it with my loved ones, I need to stick to a routine. 

I can't overindulge, overconsume, or make excuses. 

I have to stay in momentum and continuously look for ways to lower pressure and noise.  

To wrap this up, I'm going to ask you to try something different this season…

Commit to ending your year healthier than when you started. 

P.S. I recorded a podcast over a lot of what I shared with you today; it's called “Holiday Flight or Flight.” You should go give it a listen. I think a lot of what I talked about in it will really resonate with you.  

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