With summer just around the corner, and Christmas coming a close second, our social calendars are getting a great workout!
Fitting in all the parties, school holidays with children, and celebrations has you wondering how you’re going to fit in your normal ‘me time’. This means stress levels are increasing and you feel like you’re stretched way too thin to finish up the year with a great ending and start the new year off with a fresh beginning.
At this time of year, it more important than ever to keep to your schedule of self-care and healthy living to ward off colds, feeling exhausted and run-down and staying relaxed.
The Parties and Big Dinners Tips
- Eat like you would normally. Healthy and nourishing foods. They really do make a difference to how you feel, your mood and energy levels.
- Stay hydrated. Indulging in a few alcoholic beverages is great, and you should absolutely enjoy them. Not every day, and not in excess. Keep up with your water intake. Add some fresh berries, lemon and ginger to make infused water. A wonderful little way to make party season more refreshing and healthy.
- Maintain your exercise regime. This will help you to stay on track so you don’t have “start on January 1st”. Those New Years’ Eve resolutions NEVER start on the 1st anyway, so don’t commit to something. Start now, and keep going. Exercise helps in the release of feel-good hormones and maintenance of a healthy and happy disposition.
- Get some sleep. A good nights’ sleep is really important in reducing stress levels. When you are rested and refreshed, you are less likely to become irritable and snappy, and will feel much more relaxed to handle the fun and increased pressure.
- If you are planning to have celebrations at your home with all your loved ones, have each person pitch in. Request your guests bring different things. For example, you cook the meat, someone brings the potatoes and gravy, and so on, till a whole meal is complete. A pot-luck meal shared with family and friends is a fantastic way to lighten your load in the kitchen. Everyone brings a plate of food they have prepared and you all share it. This is a lot of fun for barbecues and social events outside of Christmas Day and other holidays you share with the family.
- Avoid the last minute rush at the mall or shopping centre. Going to these places can be a hugely stressful event, even more so if you have children who are tired and cranky from their year at school. Make sure you are well-planned in advance. Make a list of all the things you need, right down to gifts for work colleagues and decorations. Get all your purchases out of the way earlier rather than later, and you will find yourself with more time to wind down and relax.
- ‘Me time’. Take your time, and don’t let the pressure of others get to you. Their stress is not yours, and you can say no if you want to. Take a bath, read a book, watch a movie. Whatever you enjoy doing just for you.