14 Things To Do Between Christmas and New Years…And One Or Two Not To Do.

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So, I decided the early part of December was the perfect time to start a diet. Actually, I decided it was either early December or I would be a blimp after the holidays. I am not fat shaming. I love my curves and teach my clients to love their bodies. But knee and lower back pain from years of martial arts has convinced me that this extra weight is a liability. However, you would think from other people’s reaction to my refusal of cookies, pies, cakes, brownies, etc. that my perseverance is a personal affront to them during this season. So, as I persist in my stubborn low carb manifesto, here are some other things you and I can do between Christmas and the New Year besides dieting:

  1. Make a listicle. Why not? everybody else is.
  2. Write to keep your mind off the carb craving.
  3. Drive to New Mexico just as blizzard weather shows its snowy face. Get snowed in. Write a lot more.
  4. Make resolutions. Why not? everybody else is.
  5. Say to hell with resolutions and do whatever you want. After all, It will be a new year soon. No time like the present.
  6. Reflect on the past year. Drink yourself into oblivion to NOT think of the past year. At least not about national and international politics and conditions.
  7. Reflect on your personal past year. Be grateful for everything you can think of in your world. Research shows gratitude helps lift depression. Unlike alcohol, which can increase depression, and has carbs.
  8. Look for silver linings. Blizzards bring snow that sparkles in the moonlight. New years offer new sources of, and chances for, pleasure and accomplishment. Crazy people in power inspire great movements of rebellion and persistence among young and old. 508% more young people voted in the 2018 Texas midterms than did the 2016 election. The Women’s March happened. Twice.
  9. Realize there is only the present. The time between Christmas and New Years is the NOW. Live it moment by moment.
  10. Start anything you have ever wanted to start but have been too stressed, tired, broke or busy to do so. Or maybe you think you can’t do it. Do it anyway. “Whatever you can do, or dream you can, begin it. For boldness has genius, power and magic in it.” Goethe.
  11. Remember we live moment by moment. Make each moment your time. Your time to begin. Your time to create. Your time to breathe and relax. Your time to be fully you.
  12. Take a hike or a walk. Notice all the small things around you as if seeing them for the first time. Use peripheral vision. It lowers blood pressure.
  13. Get involved. Work for the causes you care about. Join something positive. Lend your expertise where it is needed.
  14. Diet if you want to. Eat if you want to. Either way, be as healthy as you can be, so you can continue to live all your successive moments at your peak: giving back, caring, and living life to the fullest, for all your moments and years to come.

Psychotherapist, Hypnotherapist. Leans Left. Mindfulness practioner before it was cool. M.Ed., LPC. Carolsantafe93@gmail.com. Www.Newsbreak.com/@c/561037

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