Many people find the holidays stressful. The days are chock-o-block with social gatherings, shopping, travel, and family. All of these things are wonderful, but admittedly we can all get a little worn down over the next few months. But I’ve found a great, natural stress reliever, and I am going to share it with you—EXERCISE.
I know, I know. I’ve thought the same exact thing. Exercise is just for those people who have tons of extra time or are only focused on looking better. But I’ve discovered that exercise is also a great outlet that provides natural stress relief. I’m no gym rat, but this year I’m starting my New Year Resolution early. That’s right. I’m making a Newvember Resolution to get happier and healthier this holiday season. Not only does exercise relieve stress, but it also helps you set and attain goals, makes life easier (no need to struggle to carry those packages or move those boxes), and makes you feel better, happier, and more confident. Who could say no to that?
But why during the holidays? Why at the most decadent and delicious time of the year am I setting such a goal? Simple, experts say it takes 3-4 weeks to create a new habit and 6 weeks to begin seeing the results of an exercise regimen. That means that if I start this lifestyle change in November, by the time the New Year rolls around and everyone else is just kicking off their healthy-living resolutions, I’ll already have healthy habits in place. I’ll have a jump start on the New Year!
However, starting an exercise habit in the height of the holidays can be challenging. Everywhere you look there’s delicious snacks and cookies, fantastic dinner parties, and a multitude of opportunities to over-indulge. Because of these contributing factors and what is typically a busier than normal social schedule, Americans gain on average between 1 and 10 pounds between November and New Year’s. So what’s my plan for sticking to my Newvember Resolution?
· I’m going to put together an exercise plan. At the beginning of each week, I’m going to set aside time to exercise and focus on my health-oriented goals.
· Break my time into short sessions and anticipate unexpected interruptions. By only setting aside short segments of time, instead of committing to extended exercise sessions, I will more easily fit them into my busy holiday schedule. Plus, I will make allowances for the occasional time when I won’t be able to follow through due to an unforeseen event.
· Believe in myself. Believing in your ability to achieve a goal actually increases the likelihood that you will be successful.
· Be realistic. I know that at the end of the holidays I will not suddenly be a bodybuilder or fitness expert. The trick to starting a Newvember Resolution is to be realistic with the goals I set. I just hope to be happy and healthy come the New Year.
So feel free to hop on the bandwagon (or elliptical) with me! And here’s to a happy and healthy holiday season!
KILLER SAVINGS THIS HALLOWEEN
Halloween is one of my favorite holidays! Halloween means that fall is here and the rest of the holiday season is well on its way. When I’m not stressing about how quickly the end of the year is coming, I love to sit back and appreciate the cooler weather and all of the fun that comes along with this spooky holiday!
But I know as well as anyone how quickly costs can accumulate when you’re buying costumes for yourself and your family. But just because store-bought Halloween costumes can be expensive, doesn’t mean you have to miss out on one of the best parts of this holiday! Here are my top five favorite homemade costumes and links to tutorials, so you can make them at home!
This is a great DIY costume for the young a young at heart. The best part? It’s so simple! First, take a large, clear trash bag and cut out holes at the bottom for your legs. Fill the inside of the trash bag with multicolored, miniature balloons. Then, secure the top of the bag around your neck with some colorful ribbon. To add some extra oomph to this costume, print out a Jelly Belly label or create your own “Nutritional Facts” sticker to put on the back. Access full instructions for this costume here: http://www.coolest-homemade-costumes.com/coolest-homemade-jelly-belly-halloween-costume-2.html
Becoming a mummy for Halloween can be as easy as wrapping yourself in light-colored clothing, paper towels, toilet paper and cheesecloth. To take it to the next level, dye your wrappings with cold coffee the day before and allow to dry overnight. Here’s the best tutorial I’ve found: http://www.marthastewart.com/265931/mummy-makeup?czone=holiday/halloween-center/halloween-center-costumes¢er=276965&gallery=275248&slide=209212
But don’t forget to pick up some dark eye make-up to really spook up the costume.
Who doesn’t love hunting for Waldo and Wenda in a crowd? That’s what makes this the perfect costume—you can never have too many of these sneaky crowd-surfers at a party. In fact, the more the merrier, so dress the whole family up like the dynamic duo. Forget worrying that someone else will have your costume at the local block party—you’ll be a scene right out of one of the eye-spy books.
All you need is a red-and-white striped shirt and hat; a pair of round, black-framed eyeglasses; and jeans. For a more detailed description of how to create your own Where’s Waldo or Where’s Wenda costume, check out this site: http://inhabitat.com/diy-how-to-make-a-waldo-costume-for-halloween/
Vampire costumes have been around forever! But pop culture has reinvented this classic costume, and now there is a broad spectrum of vampire looks to choose from, ranging from the classic black formal wear and cape to the more casual look coming out of the young-adult Twilight series.
Choose your favorite vampire look and get started on your costume here: http://diyfashion.about.com/od/costumes/tp/How-To_Vampire_Costume.htm
You can find detailed tips on how to recreate these costumes at home here: http://studentz.squidoo.com/homemade-addams-family-costumes-diy
Whether you’re looking for a ghostly getup or a comical costume, there are plenty of opportunities to put together a Halloween look with inexpensive items and things you already have on-hand. The most important tool you need is your imagination, so remember to think outside the box and have just have fun!
Until next time, I witch you a Happy Halloween!
Bag of Jelly Beans
Waldo and Wenda
The Addams Family
Who’s your favorite Addams Family character? From Morticia and Gomez to Wednesday and Cousin It, there are plenty of easy-to-diy costumes in the members of this household. I love it when a whole family dresses up together, and this is the perfect opportunity for you and your brood to tackle a group costume.