Eat, drink and stay merry over the festive season
Festivities is here!
Christmas shopping and its associated costs, family gatherings, social engagements, food and alcohol, can all put strain on you and sometimes causing some anxiety.
So what can you do to survive the season and come out the other end actually feeling you have had a break, relaxed, had fun with friends, family and loved ones, rather than feeling in need of another break.
Here are 10 top tips to ensure you get the most out of this festive season…
Plan…Plan…Plan….Too many people spend weeks worrying about getting the shopping done – write a list and get starting with the priorities straight away. It’s far easier to do it when you first start thinking about it. Begin stocking up with the supplies as soon as possible – try getting a few items over the remaining weeks leading up to Christmas along with your regular shopping.
As for gifts, a great tip is to have an emergency supply, just a few small gifts or cards to save you from embarrassment in the event of someone arriving unexpectedly with a prezzie or card for you.
Avoid embarrassing yourself at the work Christmas ‘do’
Let’s face it there is always someone that does this yet let it not be you. Yes, it is the time to let your hair down – yet not at any humiliation! All too often people go a bit too far and then live to regret it. If you don’t care what an idiot you make of yourself, then go ahead, just make sure you are not causing a nuisance to anybody else. However, if you’re the type who is going spend the next six months red faced after kissing the office nerd, then just remember to take things easy.
Avoid over-inflating your expectations
Perfection doesn’t exist….Appreciate everything with few 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 ever (believe me I had the best Christmas ever last year spending time with my family and friends!) Remember, if something does not go quite to plan, it really is not the end of the world.
Ask for help…….Don’t try and do everything
Ask for help…….If you are responsible for cooking and hosting the Christmas Day activities, ask other family members to bring different parts of the meal, such as starters, salads or desserts (healthy ones) – don’t be afraid to ask for help. You could even involve the kids to help out with setting the dinner table. 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 – yet there is not much enjoyment in filling up and out of your clothes size or feeling 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 soft drinks or water with alcoholic ones. As for food, have a bit of what you fancy yet try not to over indulge and try smaller portions!
With the cold, heating on and increase intake in alchol drinks, it is important to keep yourself hydrated. Even if you have been good, taking our advice consuming non-alcoholic drinks in between – the chances are you could still be dehydrated and feel tired and heavy.
Get active the morning after
As soon as you start to feel a little human, do some exercise. A brisk walk, light jog or swim will help work off those extra roast potatoes and all those second helpings you may have had. Getting active will also help you feel normal again, dispel any festive fever and help repair some of the damage you have done to your liver and kidneys.
Sleep and snooze
Sleeping is the time when our bodies recover from the excesses of life. Drinking and eating too much can severely affect our sleep patterns, with 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 snooze hours in the day to catch up.
Time off and Time Out
Where possible plan your holidays so that you can take time off from work over the festive period. People try burning the candle at both ends, combining parties and work, and end up completely exhausted. 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.
Spend Time with people
Being lonely over Christmas, either being single or unable to spend it with family, then do something about it now. Think about inviting a few others over who are in the same boat as you and consider offering your house as a venue for the event. Do not turn down any invitations to other festive events, provided that you are giving yourself a chance to recover in between!
A final word…The festive season is about fun times with family, friends and loved ones. Yet if you find that previous years have not been enjoyable then consider doing something about it – try something different.