Why You Should ΓÇ£OPT OUTΓÇ¥ Of New YearΓÇÖs This Year (And Maintain Your Sanity!)

By   |   December 27, 2016   |   Fitness

YouΓÇÖve just finished Christmas, started Kwanzaa and are wrapping up Hanaukkah. That means only one thing is left: New YearΓÇÖs Eve!

Many of these highly social festivals may have been manΓÇÖs way of creating coping mechanisms for the gloomy dark months. Delightful in theory, if it did not produce so much stress. If only there was another way… Bears are smart: they hibernate. An entire season of beauty sleep! That does sound great.

Instead of getting your stomach all in knots trying to figure out the perfect New YearΓÇÖs celebration, why not just ΓÇ£Opt OutΓÇ¥?

Opting out is a fabulous technique for dealing with holiday stress! I wish I had thought of this years ago. The holidays have become so commercial; there is so much social pressure on people. What a delight simply opting out can be! I feel like opting out of holidays is what elopement is to weddings: unconventional, but a fun option!

This holiday season IΓÇÖve escaped to the tropics. While others are stressing on the inside, doing their best to seem cheery on the outside, IΓÇÖve had coconut in hand and feet in pool! I won’t miss the expense, hassles and obligations, nor the minefield of diet pitfalls!

Most people gain weight during the holidays. Running on the beach and detoxing on fresh pineapple seems like a better plan to me this year.

If jet-setting to a tropical island isnΓÇÖt feasible for you, that doesnΓÇÖt mean you canΓÇÖt ΓÇ£OPT OUTΓÇ¥ right in your own home. Here are a few steps:

1. Disconnect from the Internet. Put away Facebook, Snapchat, Instagram, just for a day. Allow your eyes and mind a rest from being updated every minute.

2. Have a tropical feast. Ditch the rich dishes that dominate the holidays. Instead prep yourself a day of fresh fruits (plenty of pineapple and coconut!), veggies and nuts to give your body a break from the heavy and make you feel alive.

3. Make your night a soothing experience. Plan yourself a relaxing evening of a bubble bath, candles and a glass of wine. If you have a partner, you can give each other massages with scented oil, which will calm your muscles and awake your senses.

Sometimes the best holiday gift is to take care of oneΓÇÖs self. Take a step back and remember that itΓÇÖs just a day. The sun will rise again tomorrow. On an up note: If you choose not to opt out, make the best of it. Make the rounds, see your friends and indulge in something you want to do. Make some happy memories. Maybe there is a Meet-Up for people who would rather watch ΓÇ£The Grinch who stole ChristmasΓÇ¥ while drinking good wine and rooting for the Grinch!

Happy Holidays!

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