Habits You Need to Break for the Holiday Season

The holiday season has arrived. Its a time of love, joy and the spirit of giving….

Let’s be real, though…the holidays, to most, are about gifts, good food, good company and time off of work. The next couple of months are packed with family gatherings and home-cooked comfort food, late night parties and last minute shopping. In short, the holidays are stressful. We buy things we can’t afford for people we barely see. We buy things for ourselves, we know we shouldn’t (but we can’t resist). We spend more time at the mall or bar than we do at the gym. Our activity bar drops to how far a walk we have to the kitchen and our beds. To make things worse, the holidays are a near-guarantee for weight gain.

It’s no surprise and who’s to judge? Between unending errands and the general stress of the holidays, it’s to be expected. We tell ourselves we’ll cheat a bit, then get back in line for New Years. Sometimes we do…sometimes we don’t. Our pennies are scraped and spent, and the family/friends/lover drama begins.

For those of you who have been dreading the upcoming holidays, your significant other (or lack thereof), your empty wallet and your hibernation body, there are a few tips you can follow leading up to and after your holidays celebrations. If you can make these adjustments a habit, they’ll be easier to keep up and, before long, it’ll be second nature to you.

1. Don’t Starve Yourself

I know you’ve got your eye on the prize. You’re waiting for the large meal with the anticipation of fasting to make more room for seconds, thirds and fourths. Or, you’re trying to erase some of the guilt ahead of time. No matter what the circumstances, trying to forgo food altogether is a recipe for disaster. When your body goes into starvation mode it holds onto as much of your body fat as possible. It’s an instinct of survival that you can’t teach your body not to do. If you go long enough without eating, once you start again, a similar issue occurs. Your body doesn’t take into account what you ‘want’ it acts on what you ‘need.’ Healthy eating and activity is a longer process, yes. But, in the long run it’ll have better, long-lasting results.

2. Don’t Snack TOO much…

Snacking is good for your body. Smaller, more frequent portions of food is better  than eating a couple huge meals a day. You’ll be satisfied more often and it’ll keep up your metabolism, BUT that doesn’t mean you should snack excessively. Eating three or fours snacks between each meal isn’t an ideal habit to get into. Balance is key!

 

3. Don’t Bypass Breakfast

This is lot more important than you think. Not only does breakfast jump start your body with some much needed fuel, it also jump starts your metabolism. When lunch or snack time rolls around, you won’t be ready to stuff your face and your will have an easier time digesting your remaining meals.

4. Smoking

The percentage of smokers has significantly decreased in the last few years. The most drastic of those decreases was in  the teenage population. Its a good start, but there is always room for improvement. As corny as it sounds, quitting a habit like smoking can change you life. Sure, when the going gets rough, all you want to do is get that lighter igniting. In our most stressful times, smoking is a saving grace. The power they hold over us makes it easy to forget the disastrous list of side effects. Quit while you can. Learn to cope without. You’ll be doing your body and your mind a favor.

5. Avoid Alcohol

We aren’t saying to avoid it completely. That’d be ridiculous. Most of us are going to need all the help we can to survive these coming weeks. Alcohol included. Just moderate your drinking. You don’t want to spend money you could be using on gifts. And you definitely don’t want to be that poor, passed-out soul that ends up in everyone’s shaming selfies.

6. Being Ungrateful

We spend way to much time worrying about what we don’t have over the holidays. If you’re reading this, you’ve got more than a lot of others. Stop wasting your time whining over the unfairness of the world. Think about the things you do have- the things that should make you grateful. It doesn’t have to be material items. Family, friends, a roof over your head, that is more than enough.

7. Ignoring Your Lack of Sleep

If you’re having trouble sleeping it could be more serious than you think. A few all-nighters for school is one thing, but constantly struggling to get a good night’s rest is like flicking the first domino to a whole line of them. Not making an effort to improve your sleep? Well than don’t say you didn’t expect them all to be crashed to the ground.

8. Getting Hung Up on the Past

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We make stupid decisions sometimes. We can’t go back in time and change it, but we can choose to move forward and learn from those mistakes. Other times, people make stupid decisions that effect us. We wish we could, but we can’t change others. Stop allowing the past to be apart of your present and your future. Leave it where it belongs and move forward.

9. Stop Trying to Be Like Others

You are your best when you are yourself. Its okay to admire someone- to look up to them or aspire to be more like them. Ultimately, though, we can only find happiness when we are true to ourselves. Comparing ourselves to others is only a set-up for heartbreak, for ourselves AND for others. Don’t be that person. Be your person.

10. Don’t Wait for the World to Come to You

It won’t. If you haven’t figured it out yet, opportunity isn’t served to everyone on a silver platter. It takes time, effort and courage. Don’t be scared to make daring jumps towards your desires. The only way to fail, is to try. If you don’t try you can’t fail, but you definitely won’t succeed. Don’t wait for happiness to come to you. Go looking for it. You may find more than you could have imagined.

 

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Ned’s Declassified Life Survival Guide!

If you’re a 90’s kid or a 00’s kid you looked to this guy for advice on all things middle school (sometimes even high school!).

As the star of the popular Nickelodeon TV show Ned’s Declassified School Survival Guide, Devon Werkheiser helped us navigate the turbulent waters of crazy teachers, gym class, group projects, crushes, and friendships that make up our public school system. With his two best friends, Cookie and Moze, he did the impossible: create a guide that will help you survive school.

The show ran for three years helping kids all over the country not only survive but conquer school. Some of my favorite tips include:

  • Get a haircut 2 weeks before school starts so it can grow in.
  • Don’t be afraid to raise your hand. It doesn’t mean you’re dumb when you raise your hand you just get interested.
  • If your crush doesn’t like you remember you could still be friends.
  • Don’t stress, or you’ll make a mess.
  • Don’t like something? Don’t complain, change it.
  • If you’re not popular in the top ten, you’re popular in your top ten.
  • Be confident, be grateful, not jealous.

Now, we all wish we could have good old Ned back with a holy guide of tips for high school and college (trust me, I could use a few), but Nickelodeon is probably not going to revive the show anytime soon. It would be awesome getting the actors back together considering how much everyone has grown over the years though.

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Luckily, Devon Werkheiser, who played Ned, heard and answered our prayers with a web series of his own called Devon’s Life Survival Guide, a YouTube series of general life tips. With the first episode uploaded on Jan. 25, 2016, the weekly webisodes deal with a variety of topics such as productivity, spirituality, and wellness and take in questions from viewers themselves.

“Hello. I’m Devon Werkheiser. It’s been years since I’ve helped you survive middle school.”

Cue the feels.

One of Devon’s first tips is really profound and inspiring: “Choose your growth.” You can learn and grow from anything you experience. Whether it was a bad or great situation, you were changed from it so it is up to you to learn and improve from what you experienced. “It’s a choice to be an active creator of your life or a victim to it.” Preach it, Devon!

Watch the first episode here and make sure to comment so he can answer your questions!

The nostalgia is too real with this. If you’re looking to take a walk down memory lane to afternoons on the couch eating Gushers and watching Ned, Cookie, and Moze get into another round of crazy antics or you’re just really into conquering your life, watch Devon’s videos. Just like back in 2004, the tips are as helpful as ever. Thanks, Devon.

He also writes and performs original music which he uploads to YouTube as well so check him out!

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Sunday Paper: January 3, 2016

Happy New Year!

A lot of people will start New Year resolutions and end up quitting after the first month. It usually can be attributed to bad habits, lack of motivation or simply feeling incapable of meeting their goals. Let me be the first to tell you that they are WRONG! I know what it’s like first hand to make New Years resolutions and fail because I was not prepared. So what’s my strategy now? Plan. Prepare. Repeat.

As a college student preparing to graduate in the spring my entire life has become one giant planner. Planning for the upcoming semester, planning for graduation, planning for future employment, it doesn’t stop! A great way I found to keep myself organized while I plan is to make lists. This might be the oldest trick in the book and hey, even your mom does it, but you’re mom is a pretty smart lady so it’s about time you listened to her (or me). Start by making reminders in your phone or using post it notes. I usually make a daily list the NIGHT BEFORE of things that I need to do or want to accomplish for the following day. If you’re really forgetful make yourself a note to make yourself a list of things to do. Post it on your bathroom mirror, pillow case, head board, or wherever you’ll see it and make yourself a list!

So you’re now a pro at making list. You’ve earned the title ‘List Master’. You’re unstoppable! Now it’s time to prepare. Review your list and look at the tasks you need to complete. Ask yourself, ‘what do I need in order to complete these tasks?’. Once you know what you need start to prepare for it. For example, if your goal is go to the gym then make sure your gym clothes are clean, gym bag is in order and membership card prepared to be swiped. Boom, you’re out the door. No excuses! You prepared! Here’s another example: Your resolution is to do better with money. Make yourself a budget list and include how much you have, an itemized list of how much everything cost and how much you can afford to spend. BE REALISTIC! Once you have your numbers together you can successfully have a good time and do what I call ‘ball on a budget’.

Lastly, repeat! Once you have gotten the hang of your list making and preparing you’ll notice yourself executing tasks like never before. You’ll be so productive you won’t even recognize yourself. Break your long-term goals down into short-term goals and break those short-term goals down into daily lists. One by one check things off your list as you have completed them. Prepare for your list and you’ll be on track to the new and improved you.

Now that you have recovered from your hangovers and a prepared to get out bed, let’s get started on those New Year resolutions.

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