The holidays are a magical time of year. Spending time with loved ones, feeling nostalgic while listening to Christmas classics, and doing all the fun activities that come with cooler temperatures (and snow!) can stir up a ton of feel-good emotions.
But then there’s the stress. Christmas shopping. Organizing holiday get-togethers. Indulging in treats but making sure not to indulge too much. Wrapping up loose ends at work before taking some time off. Making sure you’ve got every single goal for the New Year planned to a T so you can hit the ground running on January 1st.
This time last year I was on the verge of a nervous breakdown. I had only been fully self-employed for a little over two months, and I was still of the mindset that I needed to be hustling all. the. time.
All those “inspirational” messages saying things like “THERE ARE 30 DAYS LEFT IN 2015 WHAT GREAT THINGS WILL YOU ACCOMPLISH?!?!?!?!?!?!” were making me want to curl up in a ball and cry, not take over the world. I was trying to come up with end-of-the-year promos and programs, get my entire 2016 content calendar in order, plan all my business goals, plus a million other things.
On top of that, I was stressing myself out trying to find the perfect Christmas gift for all of my clients and all of my family members. I had a list of things I “needed” to bake, sights I wanted to see, friends I wanted to visit. It got to the point where I would burst into tears if I received another holiday party invite or had another friend ask if I wanted to go for coffee.
‘Tis the season, right?
But this year’s a different story.
I’m arguably busier this year than I was last year. My client roster has nearly doubled, I’m blogging more, running a holiday fitness challenge twice the size of last year’s, I’ve got more projects on the go, and while I still wouldn’t consider myself a social butterfly (this introvert needs her downtime, yo), my social life is much more active this year than it was last year. And yet here I am, feeling totally chill and crushing my to-do list with ease.
So what gives?
It all boils down to a choice. A choice to stop complaining about how “busy” I am, because hello – EVERYONE is busy. I prefer to use the word “overflowing” 😉
A choice to say a big “f*$# YES” to the things I want to do, and a “maybe next time” to the things I don’t want to do.
A choice to be okay with not having every single business strategy for the New Year outlined, and to not have my 2017 racing and training calendar planned to a T.
And a choice to slow down and really savour the moments of downtime that I do get.
I’ve gotten pretty good at
sneaking scheduling mini breaks into my work day, but my favourite time to take a few moments for myself is first thing in the morning. No reading to-do lists, no checking my phone. Just peace, quiet, and a Bulletproof Coffee.
I love the ritual that’s associated with putting my morning coffee together. Waiting (impatiently) for the coffee to brew, adding the perfect amount of Grass-Fed Ghee and Brain Octane Oil to my blender, and then pouring in the coffee and blending that bad boy up!
I used to make a pseudo-Bulletproof Coffee with regular coffee beans, coconut oil, and grass-fed butter, but since “upgrading” to the Upgraded Coffee Beans, the Brain Octane Oil, and the Bulletproof Grass-Fed Ghee, my coffee game has reached a whole new level.
The Upgraded Coffee is grown and roasted in a way that reduces the mold content that often links coffee with acidity, the jittery crash, and other negative health effects. Not only that, the grower is Rainforest Alliance Certified so you can bet your booty those beans are sustainable!
Either unsalted grass-fed butter or the Bulletproof Grass-Fed Ghee are suitable options for your coffee, however I find the ghee easier to portion (and my boyfriend doesn’t get toast crumbs in the ghee like he does the butter). I know adding butter to your coffee sounds crazy, but hear me out.
Obviously because it’s got a pretty hefty dose of calories, the butter helps you stay full. Beginning your day with a breakfast (or drink!) that’s high in protein and fat helps you avoid the blood sugar spike and crash that comes with traditional carb-laden breakfasts. And let’s be real – at this time of year, ain’t nobody got time for a mid-day slump! I have my Bulletproof Coffee first thing in the morning (after a big glass of water, of course) and the energy sustains me through all my morning training sessions and even my own workout.
On top of that, the fatty acid composition of grass-fed butter and ghee is a little different than traditional butter, so it helps to support your body’s fat-burning mechanisms. #DoubleWin. Add in the Brain Octane Oil, which is sourced from 100% sustainable coconuts, gives you an immediate energy boost, and helps your brain work at an optimal level, and you’ve got yourself a delicious powerhouse of a drink.
Mix those ingredients in your blender (please don’t try to just stir them in a cup!) and you’ll be amazed at how frothy and latte-esque this nutritional cocktail is. If you want to try a Bulletproof Coffee out for yourself, you can pick up a Starter Kit that contains all the essentials.
But in the meantime, I want to encourage you to make a choice to change the way you approach your busy schedule this holiday season. Instead of talking about how busy you are, talk about how lucky you are for all the things you get to do. Learn to say no to the things that don’t serve you and say yes to the things that excite you.
And make time for tiny rituals in your day that help you keep your zen-vibe high, whether those rituals involve blending butter with coffee, getting outside for a walk, or doing something that inspires you.
How do you stay zen through the holidays? What tiny rituals can you begin incorporating into your day?
I was compensated by Bulletproof for sharing my thoughts on staying calm through the holidays, but as always, all thoughts and opinions are 100% my own.