#1 - Be a social anthropologist
There's nothing worse than feeling self-conscious over the holidays. You feel as if you've got a giant spotlight on you and everyone is looking at you, thinking critical thoughts about your weight, appearance or life choices. Yuck.
The key is to switch the focus. Consider what YOU think of other people, instead of imagining what they are thinking about you.
When you're observing others, you will be much less self-conscious and feel better overall. And, when you feel good, you won't use food to escape, soothe or distract yourself.
#2 - Don't "should" on yourself
If you constantly say things like, "I shouldn't have eaten that" or, "I should exercise more" then you're "shoulding" on yourself. You might eat just to escape your own critical voice!
Instead, acknowledge yourself for what you ARE doing. Say, "I'm proud that I realize why I ate those Christmas cookies, instead of only focusing on the fact that I ate them."
Be curious, not critical. Ask yourself, "I wonder what's going on with me? Am I upset about something or anxious? What would I say to a friend in the same situation?"
Being nice to yourself feels good. When you feel good, you won't eat for comfort or distraction!
#3 - Toss the scale
How many mornings have you weighed yourself - and whatever that number is, it ruins your whole day?
The bathroom scale is not your friend. It does not know you and it cannot measure your value.
Do not let a piece of metal and plastic have that much control over your self esteem! Toss that scale in the trash, where it belongs. Or do what I did in this video: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=LKbtHooceZI
Please comment on which of these tips resonates the most with you.
Wishing you a happy, healthy (and enjoyable) holiday season!!