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Five Tips for Keeping Your New Year’s Resolutions
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December 13, 2023
Dr. Loy Anderson, MD - Functional Medicine in Great Falls Montana
Five Tips for Keeping Your New Year’s Resolutions
December 28, 2023

Hello, Thriven community! As we approach the holiday season, we recognize this can be a time of joy and connection for many, but also one of stress and high expectations for others. I’m Cali, a health and life coach at Thriven Functional Medicine, and today I want to talk about how to handle holiday expectations to create a joyful, balanced season.

1. Eat Differently Without Guilt

If you’re eating differently this holiday season, that’s okay! Eat before attending parties or gatherings, or bring your own dishes. Don’t feel obligated to stick to traditional holiday meals; it’s more about who you’re with, not what’s on your plate.

2. Embrace Your Emotions

The holidays can bring sadness and grief, especially if you’re facing your first holiday without loved ones or navigating changing family situations. Reach out to a friend or support network. You’re not alone in these feelings, and it’s okay to express them.

3. Celebrate at Your Own Pace

Celebrate on a day that works for you and your loved ones. It doesn’t need to be on the exact holiday date to be meaningful.

4. Take Time for Yourself

Saying yes to something means saying no to something else. Before agreeing to parties or errands, consider what you’ll be prioritizing. It’s perfectly fine to say no if something doesn’t align with your priorities. If you struggle with saying no on the spot, ask for time to think about it.

5. Rethink Holiday Traditions

You don’t need to follow every tradition, especially if it leaves you tired or financially strained. Do what works for you and your family, and avoid the pressure to keep up with trends or overspend.

6. Swap Expectations for Appreciation

Replace expectations with gratitude. For instance, if an online gift is delayed, appreciate the convenience of shopping from home instead of focusing on the late delivery. This simple mindset shift can transform your outlook.

7. Focus on What Matters Most

Talk yourself through stressful situations, and let go of what’s not essential. Focus on what matters to you and your family, and be at peace with your decisions.

During this season, know that you’re seen and supported. Feel your feelings, embrace the present, and take joy in the small moments. We’re here to help you find balance, and we hope you have a wonderful holiday season!

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