Tips to survive Christmas
Christmas shopping and its associated costs, family gatherings, social engagements, and excess food and alcohol can all put strain on both your physical and mental health.
So what can you do to survive the season and come out the other end actually feeling you have had a break, rather than feeling in desperate need of one? We have compiled some tips to ensure you get the most out of the festive season and make it through relatively unscathed…
Don’t over-inflate your expectations
Don’t expect to create the ‘perfect’ Christmas as it’s near likely to fall short of your expectations. The most important thing is for you and your family to have fun. That does not mean landing yourself in debt for the next 12 months by buying expensive gifts – just spending a bit of time together can be the best present. Remember, if something does not go quite to plan, it really is not the end of the world.
Don’t try and do everything
If you are responsible for cooking and hosting the Christmas Day activities, then don’t take it all upon yourself. Why not ask other family members to bring different parts of the meal, such as snacks, salads or desserts – don’t be afraid to ask for help. You could even rope in the kids to help out. Make sure you have some time for YOU, even if it's just allowing yourself to watch one special TV show that you really want to see.
Everything in moderation
Christmas seems to be all about excess – but there is not much enjoyment in feeling the size of a padded Santa suit or as stuffed as the festive turkey! The best advice is moderation – apply it to everything you eat and drink. Drink moderate amounts of alcohol and try to alternate water with alcoholic ones. As for food, have a bit of what you fancy but try not to stuff your face if you can help it!
If you have overdone it on the alcohol, then it is important to get yourself back on an even keel. Even if you have been good, taking our advice consuming non-alcoholic drinks in between – the chances are you could still be feeling pretty rough. Don’t just sit there feeling ill – get up and drink plenty of water and diluted fruit juice to help your liver recover and eventually remove the hangover.
Sleeping is the time when our bodies recover from the excesses of life. Drinking and eating too much can severely affect our sleep patterns, as can the frequent late nights that are a regular occurrence during the festive period. Over Christmas and New Year, many people are sleep-starved leaving them not fit for much after a few late nights, let alone being the life and soul of the party. Therefore, make sure you get some quality sleep – even if it is just a few hours.
If possible, plan your holidays so that you are not forced into going in to work over the festive period. Many people try burning the candle at both ends, combining parties and work, and end up completely knackered. Time off in the run up to Christmas will prevent you from being overworked and overstressed by the time it arrives, so you will be in a better position to enjoy the whole experience.
A final word…
Christmas should be fun but if you find that previous years have not been enjoyable then consider doing something about it – try something different. One way would just be to get away from it all and remove the majority of the hassle from the whole festive experience. Try and turn off that phone and get outside, now is the time to get your dose of Vitamin D. Although – we all know how stressful preparing for a holiday can be!
Supplements to help get you through the silly season
Detox your digestive system to help with recovery from excess of food and alcohol during the party season.
Spirulina is an ideal supplement to provide an energy boost without additional calories.
Magnesium & Cramp Bark
Magnesium has calming properties which can help us relax during the stressful busy lead up to Christmas day.