It Happened This Week: Holiday Tips, Kickboxing, Self-Talk, and Helping Yourself

By Mary on 11/20/2009
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Image by Road Fun via Flickr

Image by Road Fun via Flickr

The holidays are coming!  The holidays are coming!  Are you ready?  Thanksgiving is just days away and soon Christmas and New Year’s will be here, too.  To help get ready, read over these tips for staying healthy during the holidays.  And check out an interview of Marsha on PyschCentral’s blog Weightless about how to navigate the misguided holiday eating tips we see everywhere during this time of year.

Speaking of the New Year, Nutrition Unplugged reviews what we can expect to see on grocery store shelves next year.  Look for “today’s megatrends — health and wellness, convenience, sustainability – to get a fresh, new makeover for 2010.”

If you are looking for ways to eliminate stress during the holiday season, consider kickboxing.  Over on our YouTube page our Fitness and Recreation Manager is teaching the basic punches involved in kickboxingCheck out the video!

Over at my blog A Merry Life I’ve been thinking about something we talk about in Green Mountain’s behavioral classes in depth: how we talk to ourselves.  Is it positive?  Is it negative? ”Other people’s comments hurt the most when they fit with what we already believe about ourselves,” says Teri Hirss, MEd, therapist in health psychology at Green Mountain. “It’s up to us to choose whether we’re going to take on what others say, or brush it off and get on with living our lives the way we want to.”  In class Teri talks about how the way we talk to ourselves affects how other people perceive and interact with us, especially during potentially stressful times like holidays.  What we think about ourselves is important.  It is possible to silence the inner critic and come to a place of self-acceptance and love.

Though we’re not a fan of the Biggest Loser, we love Key West’s version of it – 30 Days to Help Yourself.  Three experts are working to show how in 30 days it is possible to make a lifestyle change to eat right, get fit, and feel great.  Check out the videos for some great how-to tips.

Have a great weekend everyone!!

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