Once upon a time, I was horrified by the holiday season.
I found myself saying yes to triggering work parties and family gatherings, eating to cope with family members that cause anxiety, and obsessed over every little thing I ate. Although my social calendar was maxed out, I would feel desperately isolated, lonely, alone, and filled with fear.
Fear of grazing all day due to the mass amount of food. Fear of judgment on what other people will remark on your plate and why you’re not eating certain things. Fear of getting the ‘F it’s’ to feel ‘normal’ and eat like everyone else.
Instead of spending my seasons enjoying time and being present with my loved ones, I fed these mind-games and gave them the power to control me. I spent the holidays restricting myself to no end, spent hours doing fitness to compensate, and tried every trendy diet under the sun.
I told myself I was doing this to be healthy, but in reality, it wasn’t healthy at all. This way of living was physically eating away at me on the inside.
I wish I could give a single defining moment where I suddenly quit these unhealthy habits and silenced my mind of my inner meanie, but truth be told: it didn’t happen like that. It took years and years of self-work, trial and error, and one heck of a support system. Heck, there are still things I am working on to this day, but I guess that’s part of the beauty of it.
There is serenity, there is a solution, and it is constantly a work in progress.
Navigating these anxiety-filled times can be overwhelming. 𝐓𝐡𝐢𝐬 𝐢𝐬 𝐰𝐡𝐲 𝐈 𝐡𝐚𝐯𝐞 𝐩𝐮𝐭 𝐭𝐨𝐠𝐞𝐭𝐡𝐞𝐫 𝐚 𝐠𝐮𝐢𝐝𝐞 𝐟𝐨𝐫 𝐘𝐎𝐔 𝐭𝐨 𝐧𝐚𝐯𝐢𝐠𝐚𝐭𝐞 𝐭𝐡𝐢𝐬 𝐡𝐨𝐥𝐢𝐝𝐚𝐲 𝐬𝐞𝐚𝐬𝐨𝐧 𝐰𝐢𝐭𝐡 𝐞𝐚𝐬𝐞, 𝐥𝐨𝐯𝐞, 𝐚𝐧𝐝 𝐣𝐨𝐲.
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