The holidays are right around the corner and everyone's stress levels are running at an all time high to find last minute for loved ones, myself included. As I was walking through The Westchester Mall I found myself thinking, who is that guy buying for? What is she getting her child for Christmas? How many more gifts does he have to buy for his family? Will she have a present under the tree? My own thoughts consumed me through the whole shopping trip. I left the parking garage listening to angry shoppers blasting their horns at other cars. Aren’t people supposed to be joyous and appreciative during this time of year? With each gift I wrapped, I found myself smiling at the idea of my loved ones reactions as they my open my gift. It seems silly, but I'm most excited to see my nieces and nephews open their gifts. I may have gone over the “gift limit” for them but I just can’t help it! As I was trying to find a way to wrap a haphazard shaped present, I couldn't help but think about the whole gift giving process. We buy, we wrap, we give, we receive and the circle goes on and on for years and years.
This thought of gift giving stuck with me as I went to the gym to workout, and then it HIT me. The presents under the tree are great and can even be thoughtful, but we often neglect ourselves. The best gift we can give is the most precious of all, a gift you can give yourself, YOUR HEALTH!
Your health will to get you back to the mall each year; your health will allow you to go outside and make snowmen with your nieces and nephews, your health will let you sit next to the tree every year swapping gifts with your family and friends. Life is so precious and so short; it's paramount that you put yourself first to take care of YOU.
Think about the food you consume. Every time you eat is a time to nourish your body- not destroy it. Think about how great physical activity is for the mind, body, and soul. Do things that make YOU happy and healthy. Tonight I am going to an Orangetheory class with my friend Nicole. The 60-minute workout not only burns calories, but it also connects two friends. We hold each other accountable, motivate each other, but most importantly, spend quality time with one another. I am already excited for tonight’s workout and looking forward to Friday when I go to SoulCycle with another friend, Christa. After our cardio session, we will go get lunch- even more of a reason to workout with a friend right?!
Final thought? Think about the relationships in your life. Surround yourself with people that bring YOU joy. Unhealthy relationships (of all kinds) are just as bad, (if not worse) than eating junk food each day. Treat yourself with respect in all aspects of your life and be the healthiest and happiest version of YOU, so everyone you love can enjoy you as long as possible too.