November, A Month to Take Stock & Give Thanks
November is the month we turn the clock back, and now the days are shorter and colder. With less time to go outside and play, we naturally shift into indoor mode. For example, I lighten up on endurance work like long distance running and biking, and instead focus on strength and interval training.
Winter is also a wonderful time to turn inward and focus on other ways to improve our health and fitness, including mental exercises, deep breathing, and meditation.
Seasonal slow down in many ways is a gift. All year long I am a goal-driven “Energizer” bunny. I am very focused on conquering challenges, and I have many things on my bucket list that I believe will make my life more fulfilling. For me, being physically and intellectually fit is key in my quest to support my clients.
Professionally, I invest significant time studying the newest fertility insights and treatments and do my best to stay on the cutting edge of personalized genetic medicine. Personally, I am constantly preparing for my next competitive endurance fitness event.
If you are like me, then you may find yourself so focused on achieving that the only thing you give careful thought to is the future – scheming ways to fulfill your wants and desires in the months and years to come. These goals may include expanding your family, improving your health, or perhaps getting a more fulfilling or better paying job.
The message that abounds in our culture is that getting to the next level is what life is all about.
But equally important is taking time out to take stock in all you’ve achieved to date. Thanksgiving is the perfect time to reflect on what is going right in your life – the little and the big.
It’s also the perfect time to give yourself break.
To kick off this holiday season, try shifting your focus to consider only what you do have – not what you don’t. Being present makes this task much simpler, and Thanksgiving is a particularly good time to practice mindfulness. The temptation to indulge is a challenge for us all, and full awareness of how we are feeling is the best way to learn to stop when we are satisfied rather than running headfirst into the wall of overdoing and gluttony.
New Year’s resolutions are around the bend, but for now, November is a time to appreciate what we have, and take the time to pat ourselves on the back for what we have already accomplished.
This holiday, be sure to give your family and friends big hugs for their love and support. This is what the season of thanksgiving is all about.
I am grateful for the opportunity to support you in your goals to be fit for fertility, and wish you and yours a very happy Thanksgiving!