“And the stockings were hung by the chimney with care…”
For most people, Christmas is a time of joy. It means seeing friends and family that maybe haven’t been seen in awhile. It’s the season that usually brings out the best in people; generosity, charity, kindness, love and good cheer. Christmas is all about parties, gift giving, decorating, good wishes and for many and most importantly remembering that Jesus is the reason for the season.
However, for us plus size gals, it can also be a time of heightened stress and anxiety. Attending dinner parties, be it with friends or family, can open up discussions on weight or health which of course can be awkward and unpleasant. I’d like to share a few tips on staying body positive during Christmas and the holiday season.
- If comments about your weight, health, how much or what you are eating arise, I like to use a bit of humour. “Yes, I’m getting a second helping. It’s good!” Or “Yes, I’m eating that! I only get it once a year so I’m stocking up!”
- If humour doesn’t work, maybe the situation requires something more direct. “While I appreciate your concern, I’m not here to discuss how I look. I just want to enjoy your company.”
- Try to redirect the conversation. “Thanks for your concern. What’s new with you? Tell me about all the exciting things going on in your life!”
- Keep in mind all the hard work you’ve done and the strides you’ve made to love the skin you’re in. Don’t let anyone steal your joy! You can’t control what people say but you can control your reaction.
- Try to keep to a schedule as much as possible to maintain a feeling of control and mental wellness. If you exercise, try to squeeze in some workouts during the holidays. It will help you deal with the stress better and you’ll feel proud you kept to your routine.
- Be kind to yourself! Practice self-love and self-care. Take time to relax and do things for yourself; a hot bath with a good book, enjoying a cup of hot chocolate enjoying the twinkling lights of the Christmas tree or walking in the freshly fallen snow. You’ll feel rested and better able to handle the stress of the season.
- Treat yourself to a new hair style, pretty nails and a fabulous new outfit so you’ll feel and look your best! When you look good, your confidence will translate into radiant beauty and that’s all anyone will be able to talk about!
Self-care and self-love are so important all through the year but especially during potentially stressful holidays! Enjoy a manicure or a moment enjoying some hot chocolate or your favourite take out drink wearing your cozy Christmas socks!
Be Pretty, Plus and Proud and enjoy the holidays! Take this special opportunity to be confident and assertive in who you are, educating and assuring family and friends you are more then just okay with how you look. Be compassionate, remembering that, for the most part, comments come from a place of love.
YOU CAN DO THIS LADIES! 🎄🎅🏻☃️ Image courtesy of queenbeefashionista4 on Instagram.
P.S. Don’t forget to enter my Christmas giveaway! See yesterday’s post for details!