Wow, November already?! Fall always seems to be the quickest season, and the months of October and November in particular always cause me to get a little off track, in more ways than one.
For some reason, over the past several years, they’ve been my absolute busiest time of year as far as commitments go. It always seems that I’m juggling more travel, birthdays, weddings, hours at work or as a volunteer, holiday planning, and financial stress during these months than any other time of year, and as a result, by the end of the season and going into the holidays, I’m usually trying to keep up with everything while battling a cold, depression, and burnout.
The cold, depression, and burnout are all (mostly) side effects that I bring upon myself, though. As a way to “get myself through the craziness,” I start over-indulging in fancy coffees, sweet treats, more screen-time, and less sleep than usual. I’m well aware that crashing from sugar highs, gaining a few pounds, and running on minimal hours of sleep lead to my feeling extra fatigued and down and out, and this year, I’m putting a stop to it before I hit that point.
I’ve already felt overwhelmed as far as commitments go, and I spent the month of October undoing some of the progress I’ve made this year as far as my health goes, from the unhealthy habits (mentioned above) that I used to cope with the stress. But I’m looking at it like this: That was one month, one month, out of twelve that I didn’t do so great in. I’ve got two more to go in 2015 and I vow to go out with the same dedication and excitement I rang it in with.
I’m dusting off my running shoes and challenging myself to move 100 miles this month. I’m saying “adios” to all of the junk I grazed on during the month of October that only left me feeling hungry again minutes later. I’m crawling into bed before I start hallucinating in front of the computer screen. I’m busting out the vitamins and the positive thoughts to ward off colds and days spent sulking. Isn’t being sick going into the holidays the worst? Not happening.
There’s no way that I’m letting one silly month derail me for the rest of the year. I know we’re moving into the season of over-indulgence (eating too much food, spending too much money) but it is possible to stay on track with whatever goals you’ve set for yourself. Make a plan of action now to help you stay focused.
Think of all of the obstacles and temptations you may encounter during the holiday season that you might not have to deal with otherwise and determine how you’ll keep from caving. How will you politely turn down a third serving of Aunt Edna’s pecan pie? How will you stick to your holiday budget when presented with so many Black Friday deals? And if you slip up one day, or one week, don’t let it keep you from fighting to find your footing again and keep making progress. You got this!
I’d love to hear what goals you’ve set for yourself in the last year and how you get motivated to stay and/or get back on track!