The holidays; love it, or hate it, there is no avoiding it. If you feel like November and December are about everyone except you, you are not alone, but this time of year; when the days get shorter and colder, and the demands get bigger and longer, is the most important time to take care of yourself first.
Keep reading for The Savvy Elephant's simple ideas to create your self-care zone and actionable steps by Jenn Trepeck; Optimal Health Coach, Podcaster, and Business Consultant.
Jenn Trepeck has been described as a "force of nature" in wellness, has been recognized as one of Podcast Magazine’s 40 under 40, and was nominated for the 2022 International Women’s Podcast Award for Visionary Leadership. After over a decade of coaching clients, Jenn started Salad with a Side of Fries Podcast to help pay it forward and reach a larger audience to teach the nutrition education we are all supposed to know but no one ever taught us.
Creating a space that feels special to you synthesizes the physical, mental and emotional. For those of you that find it hard to sit still, a rocker is a perfect way to stay focused and in motion. Each space is going to look different depending on how you use it, but some key elements from Jenn Trepeck include, for morning or to energize you let natural light in, for evening or to encourage relaxation keep lighting dimmable. Remember electronics emit light similar to daylight, stimulating your brain so if you want to read, keep a paper book nearby and your phone or tablet far away.
The right temperature is also important. Keep the air circulating with a fan. Fans are also helpful for white noise if you want to drown out the traffic or neighbor mowing the lawn. Keep a cozy blanket nearby to avoid a chill and add a fun throw pillow.
Layer in some fragrant candles to help set your mood and connect with nature with air-purifying live plants. When creating your space help the planet by choosing sustainable materials such as certified wood and organic cotton. Water-based finishes and natural dyes keep you healthy reducing unwanted chemicals in your home. Look for brands that support living wages throughout their supply chain such as certified B Corps.
Working with clients on food issues and healthy lifestyle choices the amount of chemicals we come in contact with on a daily basis is a concern for Jenn Trepeck and she shares a really powerful image about detoxing being more than just a fad, "Your body is detoxing all the time...a constant process and the burden that we place on that process is a function of every piece of our lifestyle." The liver is vital to our body's metabolic functions and immune system and Jenn goes on to state, "If our liver is trying to process toxins coming in from our mattress; that we spend 8 hours a day on, it's not getting to the sugar, it's not getting to the fat, it's not getting to all the other things our liver needs to do because it's overloaded" so pick your battles and find reasonable ways to relieve the "toxic burden" in all areas of your life.
For many, the pitfalls of the holidays center around excess food and drink. When your favorite Auntie starts cutting half of her special pumpkin pie just for you; because she knows how much you love it, thank her for remembering, ask for a smaller piece and tell her how much you look forward to seeing her every year and hearing her stories. Jenn's advice, "Acknowledge what's behind the other person's thing (pie)...understand where they are coming from and give them that (the pie is made with love)...give them an alternative (a smaller piece and time to chat) because most of the time people don't know what the alternative looks like."
Jenn Trepeck refers to our lives as one big circle, "Everything we do for ourselves, supports everything we need to do and want to do for everyone else. It does not take away from it." so if getting to a specific exercise class means you will be more present when the family comes over, do it. "What do you need, to make you, feel like you? Prioritize that." because if you are happy everyone around you will be too.
We are grateful to Jenn Trepeck for taking the time to share some of her tips for creating a healthy environment, not just for the holidays, but every day. You can find out more about Jenn or subscribe to her podcast below:
@JennTrepeck (IG, FB, Twitter, TikTok)
@saladwithasideoffriespod (IG only)
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