Turning the Dial

What does it look like when things are DIALED IN?

When things are considered to be “dialed in” your life flows well, you feel good and are proud of your daily habits. This means work, family, and all of your other personal commitments are  made a priority and are well-organized. You may be wondering how this impacts your self-care, in particular, things like consistent healthy eating and exercise? 

When things are dialed in, you may find it effortless to get to the gym regularly, grocery shop for healthy foods, do some meal prep, and eat those healthy foods on a consistent basis. 

That DIALED IN feeling is AWESOME. 

If you are feeling DIALED IN, make a list of what that looks like for you. 

Heading into the holiday season, many people get nervous about added stressors, and worry about the impact this has on their health. If you are feeling DIALED IN at this time, it’s time to explore ways to maintain that level of wellness. 

Challenge yourself to take a minute to explore what it looks like when your dial is turned down. Very much the opposite to that DIALED IN feeling, the added stress of the holidays may be times where you isolate yourself, find yourself wanting to avoid gatherings, wear baggier clothes, eat unhealthier foods or beverages, and it takes much more effort to participate in healthy activities that once felt effortless. 

Challenge yourself to look at some of these DIALED IN vs NOT SO DIALED IN patterns for yourself. What have previous holiday seasons looked like for you, what worked, and what didn’t work to help you stay engaged in your health and wellness goals? 

Here’s an example of a holiday edition of a DIALED IN vs NOT SO DIALED IN list:
Exercise 30 minutes per dayLow energy- not feeling up to going to the gym, so stayed on the couch and watched TV
Eating veggies with 2-3 meals per dayEating more chips and ice cream
Wearing nice clothes to workBaggier clothes and sweat pants when home
Curling hair for workPony tails and messy buns
Making healthy side dish for family gatheringDreading the family gathering, wanting to stay home
Holiday shopping done by 12/14Procrastination and last minute shopping

Remember that your brain loves patterns, routine and comfort. It is easy to resort to behaviors that feel comforting and familiar when we get stressed. It’s easy to resort to things on your NOT SO DIALED IN list when stress hits over the holidays. Each time you try a new behavior, you are working on changing your brain. 

The challenge lies in recognizing our patterns, and then challenging our ability to participate in behaviors that help us become more DIALED IN, choosing things on that DIALED IN list, even when we are lacking motivation to do so. Practicing new behaviors – the opposite action to emotion- helps to create new healthy patterns and routines and can increase our likelihood of having a happier and healthier holiday season. 

This holiday season, next time you feel like your dial is starting to turn down and you are resorting to items found on your NOT SO DIALED IN list, pull out your DIALED IN list and challenge yourself to participate in just one of those behaviors. Treat yourself well, even when you don’t feel like it. 

There is a great sense of accomplishment when you sit back and realize that you were tough enough to not fall back on old patterns that derail your health and wellness goals. By changing the way you think and react to stress, you may find that you have a less stressful and happier holiday season.

If you need some help TURNING THE DIAL for the holidays this year, the time is now to book your free intro appointment with a nutrition coach HERE


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