11/22/2017

Tips To Have A Stress Free Thanksgiving + Holiday! Plus Discount Codes!

First of all, HAPPY THANKSGIVING!
I'm so grateful for each of you and this amazing digital community we've built. The arrival of Thanksgiving means the holidays are officially here – a time of year that’s known for its busy nature that can lead to quite a bit of stress.  But I'm going to ask you NOT TO STRESS. I know, I know easier said than done. I'm sure y'all have several party invitations collecting on your kitchen counter, a long list of people you need to send holiday cards to, and the daunting task of braving the mall crowds to find gifts for your loved ones.  All of this, on top of your normal every day life and trying to stay a little bit healthy.  It can be overwhelming to say the least. But you all know the impact of stress on the body is so detrimental.
That's why I wanted to share some of my personal favorite ways to navigate this busy time of year and make this season a lot more enjoyable, less stressful and a time you will remember with fond memories.
Here are my top tips:
Put forth great effort to be present.  It can be difficult, I know.  It’s almost a reflex to pick up our phones and scroll through Instagram when we have a free moment.  One way I like to completely dodge this is to just leave my phone in another room.  Don’t even allow yourself the temptation to pick up your phone and disengage from communicating with your love ones.  When I’m feeling particularly scatter-brained, what really helps ground me is focusing on my senses.  What do I smell?  What do I hear?  What do I feel?  Stopping and thinking through what’s going on around you at that very moment really brings you into the present moment unlike anything else.  It’s a wonderful tool to use to dial in and be present – and is a great tool to use year-round, not just during the holidays! It's all about mindfulness!

Give up those expectations.  A lot of the stress we put on ourselves this season lies in the notion that we expect things to be perfect.  That’d be lovely, of course – but putting your entire extended family in one house is bound to have something go awry.  Therefore, dropping the expectations of perfection will allow you to be prepared for when something may spring up.  There is joy to be found in each situation, so even when things don’t go exactly as planned – spend your energy finding gratitude in your circumstances and enjoying as much of your time as you possibly can.  Tis the season!
Maintain your health routine as much as possible. If you get up in the morning to meditate, try to continue that throughout the holiday season. Love your morning smoothie? Just get up that extra 5 minutes early even on days you have off to make it! Take enzymes with every meal? Continue doing so, your digestion will thank you. It's important to maintain a sense of normalcy so that your body doesn't fall out of a routine and can continue performing at an optimal level.
Find time to move.  It’s incredibly important to keep movement in your schedule, no matter how busy you may feel.  Even if it’s just a brisk walk after lunch or dinner – make it a habit to bundle up in your favorite scarf and winter coat to go for a walk to clear your mind.  Be sure that you are getting your time outside in nature, breathing in fresh air, while burning off some calories and keeping your heart rate up.  What are your favorite ways to move? I recently joined Equinox so I am living it up and going every chance I get!

Drink your collagen. I know this sounds kinda crazy, but you need to pay extra attention to your gut health when you're busy / stressed and collagen is the perfect way to do that. It helps maintain gut health as well as gives you beautiful hair, skin and nails. Win-win. Click here for my favorite collagen.

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In Case You Missed It.... 

I have a new YouTube video live! I partnered with Sweetgreen and Milk and Eggs to host an amazing Friendsgiving celebration. It was such a special night full of love and laughter and delicious food!
We even had a surprise activity - watch the video to find out what it was!
(Also, Milk and Eggs is offering you all
40% off your first order - click here to get your discount!)


And for all my OG planner girls - the beginning of the video is a haul of my new Bullet Journal supplies!

Happy Thanksgiving! I'm so grateful for you all!
Mae
xx

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