Updated: Dec 10, 2019
“I’m soooo busy!”, “I have soooo much planning to do!”, “I need to do pick up soooo many things”, “Do we still have another party to go to?”
Does this sound like you around Christmas time?
For many taking a break over the holidays is anything but relaxing or fun. Overloading on commitments and deadlines cause a build-up of stress and fatigue and before you know it you are heading into the festive season burnt out.
Here are 10 health focused tips to keep your health in tip top shape. Instead of coming out of the festive season feeling burnout you’ll be refreshed and have all your energy restored.
Keep in touch with friends and family. Even if it’s just a short phone call, having people to talk and laugh with is a great protective factor for our mental health.
*Skype call a friend or loved one that you can’t catch up with these holidays or hand write a letter to someone you may not have spoken to in years.
*For those times when you feel your stress levels rising.
Take a few moments to be aware of what’s happening in the present. Become still, notice any sensations, either pleasant or unpleasant. Just be aware, without trying to change anything.
Bring awareness to your breathing. Let the breath breathe itself without trying to change it in any way. Follow the in-breath all the way in, then the out breath all the way out. Feel the sensations of the breath at the tip of your nose, as it enters and leaves your body.
Bring awareness to include the whole body. Feel the breath throughout your whole body. Notice how you feel. Carry this awareness with you to the next part of your day.
3. Hydration (WATER).
At this time of the year, we tend to forget to drink water. Staying hydrated is so important to keep the body running optimal.
*Upon waking drink at least one large glass of water.
*Always keep a bottle a of water with you.
* Drink a full glass of water for every caffeinated or alcoholic beverage you consume.
Just because you’re not in your regular schedule does not mean you should neglect your sleep. Sleep is your best friend throughout busy times. Stick to a sleep schedule of the same bedtime and wake up time, aim for 7-9 hours of sleep per night. Limit heavy meals, alcoholic beverages, screen time and caffeine close to bed. A good night’s sleep will have you thinking clear and feeling energised throughout the day. You’ll enjoy the festivities so much more if you’re full of energy.
*Commit to spending one hour relaxing before bed. NO SCREENS. Try meditations, warm soothing baths or even light stretching.
5. Find your 30.
Just because you have a list of shopping to get through and parties to attend does not mean you can’t find 30 minutes a day to get your sweat on and move your body.
*Get up first thing in the morning and head to the coast for a brisk walk, jog or stair climb.
Don’t wait until the new year to set your goals. Write them down early and keep them in eyesight so when the new year rolls around you can act on them straight away.
*Use SMART goals- S.M.A.R.T. goals are goals that are specific, meaningful, achievable, relevant, and time-bound.
7. Time out.
The best Christmas gift you can give yourself is a time out. You can only do so much! Slowing down and allowing yourself to do nothing might not sound productive, but the benefits in slowing down are rewarding.
*Set aside time for yourself.
*Go for a massage or facial.
*Try Pilates or yoga.
*Or simply take yourself out and enjoy a quiet coffee on your own.
8. Nourish to flourish.
Christmas is a time of celebration surrounded by food. There are so many delicious options around this time of the year. It is ok to give yourself permission to indulge a little. However, be mindful not to constantly snack on high sugary, high saturated fatty food day in day out. Remember, never starve or over restrict yourself, this is just a disaster waiting to happen!
TRY THIS: *Focus on lean protein with heaps of vegetables, where possible go organic.
*Portion size is very important!!
*Eat slowly and chew your food - be mindful
* Always choose fresh over processed foods
The sun is shining and the weather amazing, there is so much to see and do in Perth.
Exposure to nature not only makes you feel better emotionally, it contributes to your physical wellbeing, reducing blood pressure, heart rate, muscle tension, and the production of stress hormones.
*Why not take a trip to Araluen in the hills, take the kids to Whiteman park for the day, or have an evening picnic and watch the sunset by the coast.
10. Get creative.
Having a break from your regular 9-5 routine is the perfect time to get creative.
Tap into the right side of your brain. Whether that be painting, pottery or some DIY stuff around the house. Creativity is your intelligence having fun!
Try a little balance in your life this Christmas and see how much better your energy and health are come 2020!!!