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Surviving the Silly Season - Putting your health first

There’s a lot to do at this time of year and sometimes a mix of overcommitment and holiday deprivation creeps up on us. We often use Christmas as a opportunity to forgo any healthy habits when it's actually the best time for recovery and wellness.

I’ve reconstructed my usual Silly Season tips to help you physically, mentally and emotionally. A balanced and healthy Christmas and New Year is possible.

Tis the season is not a reason

You don’t have to get caught up in the part of the holiday season associated with excess consumption of food and drink. But if you do, it’s okay – don’t beat yourself up about it. It may be your only time to let loose. If you’re keen to stick to your healthy habits, it IS possible.

  • Say no if you want to – what you eat and drink is your choice

  • Not sure healthy food will be at your event? Eat before you go or take a plate with you where possible

  • Keep active every day over the holidays

  • Stay hydrated with filtered water

  • Remember, moderation is key

Self-Care is the best Care

Take time for stress relief, fun and pampering.

  • Take naps, meditate, get a massage

  • Spend time in natural settings – beach trips, bushwalks and parks

  • Play board games, do puzzles or play with lego

  • Spend time with the people you want to spend time with, especially if they are positive and fun

  • Do something artistic or crafty

  • Find the joy in your day. Every day

Presence versus Presents

If you do the obligatory annual present buying, remind yourself that you are giving because you want to, not because you have to. Also, it’s not too late to organise a secret Santa if that takes the stress off.

Your family or friends should appreciate just seeing you over the holiday period because people’s time is precious.

Holler for Help

This applies to any holiday activity – buying presents, hosting a function, cleaning, sending cards – whatever it may be. Remember to ask for help if you need it. Just because people don’t offer help, doesn’t mean they don’t want to give it.

Stay nice, not naughty

In the chaos, remember that everyone else is in the same boat as you, so show some kindness to others all trying to get through this busy time.

  • Be the person that holds open doors for others

  • Let people go in front of you or cut the line

  • Be nice to the retail workers who may be getting grief from other customers

Most importantly – Enjoy your break and be sure to put some time aside to focus on your health.

Should you need a post-holiday health help, get in contact for a consultation : enquiries@purpletreetherapies.com.au


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