The festive season is here, and a lot of us let our guard down at this point and overindulge…
I’ve put together a quick video telling you how you can set yourself up to make choices for yourself that still let you enjoy the season, without the aftertaste of ‘regret.’
Enjoy the festive season!!
[00:00] A Perfect Storm
How can you enjoy the best of this festive season without overindulging and feeling worse than before you even started? Hi, I'm Jo Formosa, founder of Health Dynamics, and I've been practicing this therapy for almost 30 years. It's this time of year that most of us look forward to, but let's face it, a lot of people end up feeling and regretting these choices that they make in this time.
It's no wonder that this happens. Our routines go out the door, the spirits are high, and often emotions are also very high, and temptations are all around us, and all we like to do is say, "I've had a big year. I want to put my feet up and I want to do whatever I want."
It's a perfect storm and one that leads to feelings of regret, disappointment, and often loathing yourself.
But it doesn't have to be that way. I want to show you a way that you can come out on this on the other side of the festive season, feeling like that you've had the maximum enjoyment and you have a sense of pride rather than disappointment and feeling that you have gone into this season and come out to the other season, and then you're having to manage this.
Now, I'm not gonna tell you what you should or you shouldn't do. We all know of what they should and should be, and we have had years of practice of knowing what that is.
[01:13] More Empowering Choices
Instead I'm going to show you a way that you can add a more empowering state of mind, that you can naturally lead yourself into better choices.
It's only going to take a few minutes and you need to just close your eyes and take a seat. We're gonna take you into the future of your best self.
So just imagine. Imagine yourself, you go high, you know, above yourself, your eyes are closed. You are floating above and you're moving yourself forward into past Christmas into the new year, and you see yourself, you look down and you're looking at your body and you see yourself and you're really proud.
You're like, you didn't make those choices. You didn't overeat. You allowed yourself to be present with family and friends, and you allowed yourself to see what you wanted to eat and see what you didn't want to eat, and you didn't over-indulge and didn't shovel those things in because you thought you should, because, "Well, it's there on the table, so maybe I should have it."
And you see yourself in that way that you're like, "Wow. I made really good decisions. I also tried not to be in a state where, you know, everyone was asking me to do things. Everyone was pulling me into lots of different directions. I should be doing this, I should say this. I need to be with this person." And into the point where it actually makes you sometimes feel a little bit like, "I don't wanna be in this situation," but you'll see yourself hold yourself.
You see yourself being inside your own body, making the choices that are empowering you. Maybe there is that drink that usually you would over-indulge to try to manage your emotions, but you take one and you sip on it, you enjoy it, and you actually see yourself there.
[02:51] Your Future Self
Visualize yourself, see that you've come out of this and see that you're so proud.
You've exercised every day, even if it's just 20 minutes. And you're doing those things to help you to be in a state of health and happiness, and your mind is empowered.
And as you come up and as you move back into your body now, you come floating. You come into the seat, you sit there, you let the energy just fill your body, and while you are in that body, you'll take a nice deep breath in.
And when you take a deep breath in, you empower yourself and you feel every part of yourself and you feel your skin and you make a choice "I can choose what I want to do. I can eat what I want to. But I'm empowering to eat the things that are gonna help my body to be healthy and well. I'm making decisions to stay true to myself and I'm so happy about that."
So as you open your eyes, you come back into your body, and when you're back in your body, you are really knowing that you know what it's going to be like in the future. You've actually seen it. You've actually put yourself in that future, and you've actually been that person.
[04:06] Repeat as Needed
So every day we just need to make decisions for who we're going to be, from one meal to the next, from one sleep to the next and allow yourself to come into your own body.
If you need to come back to this video anytime, to help you to feel refreshed, to help you to have this practice, you can do this.
This is the most empowering way that you can set yourself for the best future that you want, and you get to stand in those shoes and be present to your healthy and future self.
Merry Christmas and Happy New Year, and we really hope that you are having the best festive season, but don't do it to the detriment of your body or your mind.