Christmas is a lovely and stressful time of year. The following tips may help you survive the silly season!
When it comes to shopping, for gifts or food, planning your shopping trip will not only save to money, but time as well. Making a list of presents to buy will keep your budget on track and reduce instances of impulse-buying or unnecessary “Christmas stocking fillers”. Setting a budget for each gift, or even making a home-made gift, will reduce stress on you and your credit card!
Whether you have all the family over to your place, or not, dividing up tasks between family members can lighten the load. This will be less stressful for you and everyone will feel like they are contributing. Organise within your circle of family and friends who will bring the side dishes and dessert.
The holidays are a time of over-indulgence. Whether its food or booze, moderation is KEY! Set yourself limits for the number of servings, or number of drinks you will have for the evening. Allowing yourself to have a little bit of everything is better than stuffing yourself like a Christmas turkey on a smorgasbord. Remember that one glass of wine or one beer, may be up to 2 standard drinks, so make sure you keep track of this.
I know massage therapists go on and on about water intake, but at this time of year it is especially important! With warmer weather, we need to increase of fluid intake to avoid dehydration. In addition, alcohol can dehydrate your body, so make sure you have a glass of water between each glass of wine. Not only can this keep you hydrated but it may reduce the impact of a hangover the next day! Trust me, your body will thank you!
Make time to unwind and relax
Whether you are the type of person that loves the holidays or loathes it, it can be a stressful time of year. When we experience stress, our muscles tighten, and we can feel tension in our neck, shoulders and back. Massage can help you to reduce tension, alleviate stress and have you feeling wonderful for the holiday season!
This information is advice only, and should not replace professional recommendations from a GP or psychologist. If you are having trouble during the holiday season, please contact Lifeline on 13 11 14