#13: The Christmas Survival Edition

Your Christmas Survival Guide from Man Body Spirit
#13: The Christmas Survival Edition
Welcome to issue #13 of The Power Up – our Christmas Survival Edition.

As usual I’ve been trawling the Internet in search of wisdom, habits, inspiration and practical solutions to help improve the mental, physical and spiritual wellbeing of our readers – this week with a festive slant.

But you’ll find no eggnog recipes or last minute gift guides in this email – No, this issue is here to provide a little respite from the holiday madness.

So whether it’s dealing with annoying relatives, de-stressing from the overwhelm, or ideas to shape the holiday break that you want and need, keep scrolling because we have something for you.
How to maintain boundaries with your family at Christmas
So here it is, Merry Christmas, but all you can think about is how difficult it will be spending time with your family.

From their intrusive questions to the increased demands on your time, being around your family for the holidays isn’t always easy. Even if you love them, family members can be a handful; from your grandmother with ‘traditional’ views to your cousin with questionable judgment when it comes to appropriate conversation.

If just the thought of it all has you cringing already then check out this guide to creating boundaries with your family, for a much more enjoyable Christmas this year. On your terms. 
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Mind
5 One-minute practices to relieve holiday stress
Spiritual guru Ram Dass famously said, “If you think you’re enlightened, go spend a week with your family.”

Even if you’re really proud with the new habits and practices you’ve brought into your life over the course of 2019, the biggest test begins now. 

At this time of year when temptation is all around, emotions can feel raw, tempers can run high, and our ‘best self’ might need a little bit of extra coaxing out to the party.

So if you catch yourself acting out of character, or reverting to old patterns, here are 5 simple practices that take just one minute but can help you feel grounded, release tension, and become more centred. 

Even if we’re not able to engage in our usual routines during the busy holiday season, surely we can find one minute in our day to reconnect with ourselves.
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Body
The best Pilates workouts to level up your winter sports game
For some the Christmas break isn’t just about sitting, eating, drinking and watching movies.

Some of my colleagues, for example, use it as an opportune time to head to the mountains for skiing, snowboarding and other wintry fun.

If that sounds like you and you’d like to maximise your performance on the slopes this year then these core-crushing Pilates workouts could be just what you need to tone up for your best snow holiday yet.
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Spirit
7 Ways to handle the Holidays if you’re naturally a Scrooge
Let’s get one thing clear: It’s OK to not like Christmas. Nobody should be allowed to make you feel bad for not feeling full of festive spirit.

But if you’re not a big fan of all the festivities – rather than grinning and bearing it, counting the days through to January when you can return to your usual routine – why not take control of the situation and craft a holiday break that you will really enjoy?

That’s why I liked this list from Ask Men, that includes strong advice like: “There are no rules to how you should spend the holiday,” and “Make yourself an anti-holiday playlist.” 
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Bonus content
The top 10 guided meditations from 2019
Many of us have the luxury of additional days off work at this time of year – which is the perfect opportunity to experiment with new habits like a new mindfulness routine.

If you like the idea of entering 2020 with greater clarity of thought, reduced stress and anxiety, and the many other benefits that meditation can bring, then check out this resource from Mindful magazine.

They’ve created step-by-step instructions to guide you through a selection of their most popular guided meditations from the past year. 

Whether you’re new to meditation or have been practicing for years, these quick and simple resources will give you the space to slow down, connect, and refresh. 
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Final thought
“It’s not how much we give, but how much love we put into giving.”

Mother Teresa
Thanks for reading, I hope you found some great value within this week’s edition. If so, please pass on a recommendation to your friends. If not, then please give me feedback on what more you would like to see. Have a wonderful festive break, and I’ll see you next time, Adam.

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