karen header 3

Karen's Blogs

Blogs are brief, to-the-point, conversational and packed with information, strategies, and tips to turn troubled eaters into “normal” eaters and to help you enjoy a happier, healthier life.Sign up by clicking "Subscribe" below and they’ll arrive in your inbox. 

[No unsolicited guest blogs accepted, thank you]

By accepting you will be accessing a service provided by a third-party external to https://www.karenrkoenig.com/

How to Thrive During the Holidays

Holidays

I’ve written dozens of holiday blogs and articles over the decades and here’s another. You can check out previous ones in my blog archives on my website. My goal here is to provide simple guidelines for you to follow over the holidays which will help you take excellent care of yourself and make you proud of yourself. 

Focus on what’s enough. Whether we’re talking about food, alcohol intake, cleaning, decorating, gift giving or partying, get in touch with what feels like the right amount for you. Ditch all-or-nothing thinking and stay connected to self-regulation.

Don’t diet. Holidays are a perfect time to practice “normal” eating. Sure there are more treats around, but that just gives you more opportunity to have small amounts of foods you really love. Have a tapas mentality—a little of this and a little of that is enough.

Emotional regulation. Keep tabs on your emotions. If you know you’ll be with people who get your dander up, plan ahead. Find people who are buffers, keep visits short, lower your expectations, do deep breathing, don’t personalize what’s said to you, visualize managing difficult relationships well, and vow to be the adult in the room. 

Stay active. Moving your body will release emotional tension and make your body happy. Do yoga exercises, body stretches, dance up a storm, or take a walk. 

Maintain routines. Don’t break routines just because you’re on vacation or there’s lots going on. If you generally meditate, refuse to let schedule changes get in the way. If you usually get up and go to sleep at a certain time, give yourself a bit of leeway, but try to keep to your normal sleep habits. If you go to the gym or exercise classes, continue. If there are no classes during the holidays, come up with another plan to stay active.

Don’t focus on your body. Yes, we live in fat phobic, thin obsessed culture, but you don’t need to buy into it. Your appearance is only one small part of you. If you don’t feel badly about your body, no one can make you feel that way. Wear clothes you like and that flatter you, but don’t obsess about looking thinner. Refocus on what’s happening in the rest of your life.

Manage stress effectively. Between shopping and traveling, holidays can be a stressful time. Note when you’re frustrated and feel helpless. Put problems that crop up into perspective. Go with the flow as much as possible. Don’t try to be perfect. And remind yourself that the holidays will be over and your life will be back to normal once again. 

Best,

Karen

 

http://www.karenrkoenig.com/

https://www.facebook.com/normaleatingwithkarenrkoenig/

http://www.youtube.com/user/KarenRKoenig

http://twitter.com/KarenRKoenig

APPetite on Facebook

 

Purging After Eating
Embracing the Right Kind of Anger

shelf new

EBProfessionalBadgeLarge

This website is owned and operated by Karen R. Koenig, M.Ed., LCSW. It contains material intended for informational and educational purposes only, and reasonable effort is made to keep its contents updated. Any material contained herein is not to be construed as the practice of clinical social work or of psychotherapy, although adherence to applicable Florida States, Rules, and Code of Ethics is observed. Material on this website is not intended as a substitute for medical or psychological advice, diagnosis, or treatment for mental health issues or eating disorder problems, which should be done only through individualized therapeutic consultation. Karen R. Koenig, LCSW disclaims any and all liability arising directly or indirectly from the use of any information contained on this website. This website contains links to other sites. The inclusion of such links does not necessarily constitute endorsement by Karen R. Koenig, LCSW who disclaims any and all liability arising directly or indirectly from the use of any information contained in this website. Further, Karen R. Koenig, LCSW, does not and cannot guarantee the accuracy or current usefulness of the material contained in the linked sites. Users of any website must be aware of the limitation to confidentiality and privacy, and website usage does not carry any guarantee or privacy of any information contained therein.  Privacy Policy