That Time of Year (YEG)

The smell of cookies in the air, repetitive jingles in mall’s stores, and decorations galore – it’s that time of year. The holidays for better or worse really do have an effect on a person. It’s an important thing to remember since it can really add to your stress levels. While chatting away before the workout started I caught myself saying how full my calendar was this month. I know I am not alone in this and it made me want to talk about the holiday stresses and tips to keep in mind. These are a few things that have worked for me:

  • Give yourself time and space for self-care activities: take time for yourself, practice mindfulness or go for a walk. You don’t have to take everything on and it’s not your responsibility to make the whole world happy.
  • Maintain a healthy routine: eat healthy, get a good night’s sleep and stay physically active. But don’t beat yourself up over a cookie or two or three.
  • Be aware of how you talk to yourself: It can be helpful to replace the word should or must with “I would prefer if” or “It would be nice if.”
  • Set boundaries: set limits and practice saying no. Remember when you say yes to one thing, you’re saying no to something else.
  • Know when to end unwanted conversation: even just letting someone know that a topic is sensitive and that you don’t want to talk about it.

I am not an expert and I don’t pretend to be one. Never take my words at face value – do your own research and find what works best for you. Don’t let anyone think for you; most people barely think for themselves.

Yes these are all pretty general tips but I am going to do my best to keep them front of mind as I’m sure this month will just fly by with activities.

As much as the holidays can be stressful they are also an amazing time. I honestly am super excited to see family members, eat all the baked goods, explore candy cane lane, listen to Christmas caroling, go skated at hawrelak, check out the Banff mountain film festival, and so much more!!

I hope we can all look forward to this time of year and if you need someone to talk to, know that a community of support exists, all you have to do is ask.

Keep being awesome,



Wednesday – Royal Glenora Stairs (Super amazing high fives for the constable)

Friday – Walterdale Hill (Super amazing spins around the light post)

This Saturday Dec 14 we’re partnering with our friends from CBC for a Turkey Drive. Join us for a free 5k with our friend Nancy Carlson on December 14th. Details here! Maybe there will be salsa eating competition (not a salsa ‘dancing’ competition but your hips don’t lie and no one can stop you from also salsa dancing)!!

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