Yes, it’s that time again – the time to be jolly and merry, happy and joyous! I love Christmas, I really do. I love the decorations, the carols, the lights, heck, even the crowds! Christmas can be the most wonderful time of the year.
Christmas can also be the most stressful, and exhausting time of the year. It can be that time of year when the ‘to-do’ list just doesn’t seem to get any smaller, and we never seem to stop for a minute – concerts, shopping, parties, cooking, shopping, road trips, shopping, wrapping, baking, shopping….Christmas can also be a time of year when we can find ourselves indulging just a little too much.
By the end of the Season we can be experiencing: exhaustion, feeling stressed out, irritability, bloating, pain, sluggishness, fatigue, lack of motivation, even guilt and depression, and we can carry those into the New Year with us.
I’m sure you would much prefer to start each New Year feeling motivated, excited, positive, and energised, and so I want to share my top 6 tips for getting through the Silly Season, ready to start the New Year with gusto.
1. Drink plenty of (non-alcoholic) drinks
It doesn’t matter whether Christmas is a stinking hot, or snowy, time of year for you, you need to stay hydrated. Aim for around 1.5-2L of liquids a day (not including soft, alcoholic drinks or coffee/caffeinated drinks).
2. Say ‘no, thanks’
Don’t feel you have to accept every invitation to every festive celebration. Say ‘no, thanks’ to those friends of the family or distant cousins that you don’t have any contact with for the rest of the year. Make time for your nearest and dearest, the ones who are most important to you, and tell everyone else you’ll see them sometime during the year.
You don’t need to sit cross-legged, chanting for hours to enjoy the benefits of meditation. If you set aside even 6 minutes a day, you can experience less fatigue, less pain, less irritability. Look up ‘6 minute meditation’ on You Tube, find a quiet spot, and give it a go.
4. Shop online
If crowds stress you out and even a simple shopping trip at this time of year exhausts you, then simply avoid them! There are so many options for buying food, groceries, and gifts online now, that you really shouldn’t need to deal with the Christmas shopping crowds, and chaotic carparks, at all if you don’t want to.
Make time for some kind of movement every day, even if it’s only a few minutes of stretching some days. Your body and your mind will thank you for it.
6. Go easy on the sweet stuff
‘Tis the season for so many sweet treats! A little indulging is not a bad thing, but too many candy canes, gingerbread and chocolates can add up to headaches, fatigue, poor sleep quality, muscle pain, and a higher number on the scales come January.
I hope these tips help you to get through the Christmas Season with peace, joy and good health. Or, at the very least, with enough energy to stay awake later than 9pm on New Years Eve.
Wishing you a very Merry Christmas and a year filled with hope, gratitude, and good health.