The holiday season is here and that often means extra stress! If you want to not only survive the month, but also thrive, you’ll need to understand how to manage your energy and optimize your genetics – a powerful combo that approaches physical, mental and emotional needs.
The Role of Genetics in Your Holidays
There’s no time of the year that makes genetics more apparent than when you are hanging with your family for the holidays. However, if you understand aspects of your DNA and why family members are similar (or different), it can help you with your perspective and approach to potentially tense or negative exchanges. If there is a trait that the majority of your relatives share, then that’s probably a genetic link. Expecting people to behave in opposition to their DNA is fairly futile. That being said, DNA isn’t everything and determined people can take their genetic information and make impactful changes.
Also, once you unlock some of the secrets behind your own genetics – this information can be shared with your family members since it’s likely they will experience similar outcomes based on the DNA connection. Insights on genetics could be a great family gift or conversation!
Protect Your Energy
Depending on your situation, the holidays can be a real drain on anyone’s energy. The coming and goings, expectations, holiday parties, prep work, and exchanges with folks you may or may not get along with could all be exhausting. How do you protect your energy when surrounded by stress and people who know how to press your buttons?
The more self-aware you become, the more intentional you can be about avoiding activities or conversations that are likely to trigger a stress response. Become more observant and intentional with your exchanges with family members and co-workers.
- How Do People Make You Feel?
Too many of us go through our days unaware of what is happening around us and how it’s making us feel. Start being observant of how you feel after interacting with certain people. Everyone has bad days but if each exchange leaves a negative imprint, you’ll know that those people drain your energy and should be avoided as much as possible.
“Awareness is the first step in overcoming low energy.” Erica Biesiada
- Set Boundaries
It’s okay to tell people, including your family, “No.” No one is entitled to your time, energy or attention. If you use up all your time and energy participating in events or dealing with people that drain you, you won’t have the time or energy to create holiday traditions that nourish you instead.
You may not be able to avoid every stressful interaction, so be pro-active about your own self-care. If you are going to be spending a week doing the holiday party circuit, build in time for yourself to recharge and rejuvenate. Don’t book things back to back. Invest in yourself both before and after activities.
- Walk Away
In moments of high stress, excuse yourself to take a walk, take some deep breaths, or call a trusted friend.
What About Your Body?
Putting plans in place to manage your emotions and mental health is important – but so is optimizing how you physically feel so that you have the energy and motivation to make it through.
The right supplements can help our bodies achieve an optimal balance and if we feel good, we can do more. Even if you are eating a healthy diet, your body could still be shortchanged of nutrients and you may not even be aware that there’s a problem. An Essential Vitamins nutrigenomic panel will analyze your DNA and pinpoint what’s missing so that you can create a solution to feeling better right away.
The holiday season doesn’t have to be torture and the skills and information you gain from doing this work will help you live optimally all year long. If you are ready to tackle your emotional or genetic health, but need some support, give us a call. We specialize in helping you break free from the invisible compilations that are holding you back from living your best life.