Think in Grey- Holiday Health Challenge

There are a zillion and one blog posts that provide advice on how to stay healthy during the holidays. I don’t want to repeat what is said in those posts, but I do think I have one unique tip to offer- Think in Grey.

Heed the mainstream advice to  maintain your exercise routine, stay hydrated, eat as close to your normal diet as possible-but don’t expect yourself to not falter from these tips. This time of the year is my favorite: the lights, music, hustle and bustle, cheesy Lifetime movies, and most importantly the spiritual connection I feel to all of these things. It just makes my heart happy! I don’t want to jeopardize my enjoyment of this special time because I am stuck feeling guilty about eating pie or skipping a day (or two) of training!

It is incredibly hard to be balanced or “see the grey”. Even though humans don’t SEE in black and white, we are wired to PERCEIVE in black and white. For individuals who have experienced an eating disorder, you know that this limited spectrum is what disorder thoughts THRIVE on. It’s very easy for us to categorize things in two very disparate groups, neglecting to recognize the in-between.  For example, if I enjoy a cookie with my friends, my brain jumps to the thought: “Okay well you had one cookie, you don’t do this everyday, and now you’ve already eaten something ‘not good’, so reach for the stars! Have 10 more! Who cares!” These thoughts unlock a mental Pandora’s box of bad feelings and guilt.

frustrated woman

I’m going to work really hard to keep that Pandora’s box shut tight this Holiday season. I shouldn’t feel bad for enjoying one cookie; I should savor it and enjoy it in moderation! There are definitely many special treats I can’t wait to bake this month. I’m not going to deprive myself of them! Most people are very susceptible to this All-or-Nothing Thinking (one of the 10 Cognitive Distortions). When you catch yourself having these black or white/all or nothing thoughts, I advise you to remind yourself to try to think in grey.

With that being said, I’m so looking forward to challenging myself with this task during this season.

I’ve created a Mindful Health Holiday Challenge, which is a printable calendar that has a fun health- oriented activity for each day of December! 

holiday health challenge layout

Let me know what you are challenging yourself with this season, and if you are partaking in the Mindful Health Holiday Challenge with me!

Hi Y’all! My name is Zahra and I’m a 19 year old college student passionate about growing spiritually, learning endlessly, and living healthfully. I love to express my deepest sentiments and ponderings through writing. I thank you for reading my words; I hope they nourish your soul!

November 30, 2017
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  • Reply Laura @ The Mindful Mom Blographer

    Great post, and I love the printable included! I am definitely trying to watch my sugar intake this holiday season. That seems to be my downfall!

    December 1, 2017 at 10:19 pm
    • Reply admin

      Thanks Laura! I feel ya girl, gingerbread cookies are my weakness! Lol. All about balance 🙂

      December 2, 2017 at 1:06 am
  • Reply Carolina

    I struggle so much with that Black-or-White thinking. And even though I know I am doing it, it is so hard to stop myself. I am going to try and follow your calendar and hope I can stick with it. Thank you so much for sharing this post and the tips! Very helpful! 😀

    December 1, 2017 at 12:57 pm
    • Reply admin

      Me too! If I’m not aware of it, it truly dictates a majority of my thoughts and feelings. I find that being aware that I’m engaging in black and white thinking really helps relieve the anxiety it brings about. I’m so glad you enjoyed the post; I hope you enjoy the calendar!

      December 2, 2017 at 1:08 am

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