Lifestyle tips in lead up to Christmas Posted by Wellbeing People on 20 November, 2017

However much you love the lead up to Christmas with all the excitement it brings, it’s easy to get overwhelmed, stressed and exhausted at this time of year!

With deadline pressures, over-indulgence and late nights, battling with Christmas shopping in crowded towns, and fighting for a place to park – we are so busy thinking about others that we often forget to look after ourselves!

We’ve put together some great lifestyle tips to help you keep healthy in the lead up to Christmas

Healthy Diet

The temptation to indulge in rich, luxurious food is likely to be overwhelming at this time of year but is also an important part of the enjoyment of the festivities!  However, in order to give you the energy and vitality, in between Christmas parties and meals out, you need to keep on top of what you are eating; sticking to regular meal routines and a varied, balanced diet with plenty of fruit and vegetables is crucial.

Exercise

Regular moderate exercise is likely to reduce your susceptibility to seasonal illness and is also an excellent way of dealing with the additional stress that Christmas can bring. A regular brisk walk in the fresh air will be enough to increase serotonin (happy hormone), reduce cortisol (stress hormone) and keep your blood pressure in check.

Sleep

Lack of sleep can reduce the ability to concentrate, impair decision-making and lead to unhealthy eating behaviours.  Sleep is essential for recuperation;  make sure you are getting enough zzzzz….  and treat yourself to some quiet nights in!   And remember, alcohol can disrupt a good night’s sleep!

Relaxation

Taking some time to consciously relax and take your mind away from the seasonal stress will help you to get restful sleep and to focus your mind during waking hours so that you can cope with competing priorities.

Give

With an increasingly busy schedule at this time of year it can be easy to get caught up in your own world of working, shopping, eating, drinking and forget those less fortunate than yourself. A selfless act that benefits someone else may be the best way to take a step back from the pressures in your life and also boost your own sense of wellbeing.

With all the above in mind, have fun, enjoy the festive season and remember to take good care of your health and wellbeing too!

And for more information on how to look after your wellbeing in the lead up to Christmas, click here

Further reading and help

Sleep – NHS
Stress – NHS
Kindness – Wellbeing People