Camille Styles

Living Kindly

Your Guide to a Healthy Holiday

December 19th, 2014

Like many of you, I’m dashing through this week: tying up loose ends at work, finishing up holiday shopping and making my rounds at all the holiday parties. Add in running, bike rides and squeezing in every pilates class I can, and essentially every second of every day is spoken for until I get to the airport. This holiday season, I’m traveling back home to Nebraska for a week. Nothing beats going home to my parent’s house and reliving childhood traditions. Lounge time by a beautifully lit Christmas tree and fireplace, board games with my cousins, and a visit to my favorite restaurant for a Nebraska original: the reuben sandwhich. It really is the most wonderful time of the year, but it also has the potential to be one of the most stressful times of the year.

First, I don’t get back to Nebraska much — with so many people to see and places to visit, the holiday vacation often becomes less relaxing and more like a sprint to see everyone. Second, I’m 9 weeks out from my half marathon and in full training mode. Despite my determination, the colder temps (18 degrees!) paired with a busy schedule leave me worried that my mileage and training will suffer. Not to mention, the holiday trimmings don’t exactly cater to those with fitness goals. I’m looking at you, Grandma, with your epic cheesy potato casserole.

My approach: much like Thanksgiving, I am keeping it simple. I know I feel and think my best when I begin with exercise, coffee and devote a little thinking time away from everyone. With advance planning, I have a plan for workouts in each city I visit and a backup plan if the weather is bad. I’ll get to see most of my friends and family in one day, and I’ll indulge on the things that matter to me — I like to choose quality, homemade and fresh. Whether you’re hosting guests, traveling, finishing shopping or dashing through this week, any part of the holidays have the potential to be overwhelming. I’ve tapped a few friends and personal inspirations to share how they handle surviving the holidays. The one common theme: they are all most certinaly living kindly.


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  1. These are great tips! The holidays are so busy for everyone, but it’s important to remember yourself in the equation.

  2. I love all of this; it offers something for everyone. & somethings for me: smiling, space and saying no.

    Just the other day, I read an article from one of Emily’s ‘Links I Love’ series post on “Becoming the most compelling person you know.” #8 was saying no in order to have more room to say yes. I think looking at it from this perspective give this lifestyle rule of thumb some slack (less Scroogey if you will!)

    here’s the article:

    merry merry!

  3. Joline says:

    LOVE LOVE LOVE this article!! Amazing tips and suggestions to incorporate during the holidays… But I plan on using them everyday. All great reminders to have a healthy & happy life … Smiling .. Especially during the holidays with family & friends!! #10 – I do this everyday, it makes me happy & I love seeing people smile back!!
    Great idea getting tips from amazing friends, so inspirational..

  4. shannon says:

    This is great. Love them all!

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