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How to Fit a Wellness Regimen into Your Busy Holiday Season
Finally — you’re done decorating the Christmas tree. You lower your six-year-old son onto the carpet after he puts the big, glowing star on top of the Christmas tree. When he runs out of the living room, still so full of energy at eight o’clock at night, you look around at the mess that surrounds you.
Your unused decorations litter the floor. Strings of broken Christmas lights hang off the couch, and your son’s glass of milk has left a ring around your new chestnut end table.
You start cleaning up the mess, picking up decoration after decoration and light after light. Then, you get a towel, grab your son’s glass of milk, and wipe off the thick watery ring before it stains your table.
Afterward, you flop onto your couch, exhausted. You sprawl out and tilt your head back to look up at the ceiling. All you need is five minutes. That’s it. No more, no less. You just need five minutes to yourself.
“Mom! Can you get me a new video game for Christmas? Please, please, please!”
You look over at your son, who’s rushing over with a new toy catalog. When he jumps onto the couch, he hands you the 24-slot list that comes with the catalog. Then, he asks you to jot down the new video game that he wants you to buy him even though he’s already put 26 ideas on the list. You know he’s not getting that many gifts.
“I’ll write it down later,” you lie. “Can you puh-lease go get ready for bed. It’s late.”
Your son grumbles something to himself, but he slides off the couch and heads upstairs to prepare for bedtime. At this age, your son knows that whenever you use a tired and snappish tone, you’re not one to be messed with. Your son, daughter, and husband make jokes about it all of the time.
Did I finish everything on my to-do list? You swing your head to the left to look at your journal on your kitchen counter. Sluggishly, you get up to retrieve it, then glance at all of the items on your list. What did I finish?
Buy a new Christmas tree? Check. Get a new string of lights? Check. Decorate the Christmas tree with the family? Check. Well, you can sort of cross that one off your list.
Your husband and daughter weren’t in attendance to decorate the Christmas tree. Your husband had to stay late for work, and your teenage daughter said she’s “too old to decorate for Santa.” Whatever.
Rolling your eyes, you look at the rest of your list. Take the kids to piano class? Check. Make sure the kids did their homework? Check. Go grocery shopping? Check. Skype Katelyn for your monthly catch-up chat? Check.
You nod to yourself, basking in all that you achieved today. You scratch off item after item on your to-do list, believing you crushed it despite all the chaos and busyness that surrounds your life during the holiday season. Exhausted or not, nothing feels better than crossing off an item on your to-do list. Nothing.
Smiling, you look at the final two things on your list, preparing to scratch them out, until suddenly, your smile turns into a grimace. There are two things you didn’t do today, and they’re the same two things you forget to do every day during the holiday season: work out and take your CBD oil.
No wonder you’ve been so stressed lately. The two things you need to relax are not a part of your life. Why do I never have time to take care of myself?
You drop your to-do list on the kitchen counter and cover your face with your hands. Thanksgiving was several days ago, and you still haven’t even tried to work off the mountain of calories that are inflating your body. But when can you find the time to work out, and how can you remember to take your CBD when it doesn’t feel like the biggest priority in your life?
All you do is cook, clean, decorate, travel, and shop during the holiday season. That was your life before Thanksgiving, and it’s definitely your life right now. When does working out and CBD fit into the picture?
How to prioritize your wellness regimen during the holidays
Sighing, you grab your phone out of your back pocket to FaceTime your best friend, who somehow manages to always take care of herself during the holidays.
“How do you do it?” you ask her as soon as she answers.
Before your friend can ask what you’re talking about, you start to vent about your inability to do anything for yourself during the holidays. You tell your friend you haven’t worked out in weeks. You explain that your CBD oil looks like a brand new bottle. And you run through all the reasons why it’s so hard for you to remember two simple things: work out and take your CBD.
So, you ask her again. “How do you do it?”
Laughing, your friend tells you to calm down and breathe. She explains that remembering to work out and take your CBD is not as hard as it seems. She gives you three tips, and when you hang up and wake up the next morning, you implement the first one right away.
You work out while you get ready. When you brush your teeth? You do body squats. When you let your facewash absorb into your skin? You do push-ups. When you have to go to the bathroom? You do walking lunges all the way there.
After thirty minutes, your workout is complete, and it’s the first item you cross off your list. Heck yes. Now, it’s time to move on to your friend’s second tip.
You head to the kitchen to make breakfast. Only this time, you don’t make a normal breakfast. You make CBD-infused monkey bread for breakfast. You still have a bit of activated hemp left. Why not use it to make a delicious treat?
So, you get started. You grab a can of biscuit dough, cut it into fourths, and dip it in some butter, cinnamon, and sugar. Then, you massage the mixture into a loaf pan. After you put the monkey bread into the oven and take it out, your masterpiece is complete. Voilà.
You give everyone in your family a slice of monkey bread before you eat some yourself. Then, you cross another item off your to-do list. Now, there’s only one thing left to do.
To ensure you keep taking your CBD (because you know your monkey bread is a household favorite that will not last long), you implement your friend’s third tip. You take out your phone and set an alarm. Now, every day at 7:30 a.m., you’ll get a reminder to take your CBD.
With these new tips in place, you suddenly feel recharged and confident that you’ll finally take care of yourself during the holidays. With three simple changes, you can crush everything on your to-do list.
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