Everyone needs a Christmas Survival Kit!
I remember as a kid looking forward to Christmas with such anticipation and excitement!
Do you remember how you just couldn’t wait for the big day?
School holidays, visiting relatives, Santa, parties, presents!
One thing I wasn’t aware of back then was how stressful December and the festive season madness could be.
Hey, I was a kid!
Now that I’m all grown up with my own family, the impending end of year pressures are beginning to loom. Good intentions, willpower and routines can go to hell in a handbag.
December can mean soaring stress levels as time gets shorter, shopping lists that get longer, the kids’ school activities call. parties and invitations fill up your spare time.
Stats show that more heart attacks occur from November to the New Year. No wonder!
So, let’s look at how you can get through to January with your health and sense of humour intact.
Here’s 5 tips for your Christmas Survival Kit:
Tip 1 – Get organised
I’m a big fan of the To-Do-List, just so long as the list itself doesn’t get out of control. Hello overwhelm! Keep your list short – 1-3 tasks a day is plenty.
Make a list of:
- Christmas gifts – it makes you more focussed and will lessen your shopping time. Or, why not gift the perfect present with a homemade bite of something delicious – Ginger Nut Bites
- House cleaning – you don’t need to do a complete spring clean if visitors are coming. Start with the guest room and work from there
- Parties – put all events, parties and occasions in a calendar that’s visible – like your phone or on a good old fashioned physical calendar. Keep it where everyone can see what’s coming up
- Food – if you’re preparing food, for goodness sake, make a shopping list. It’ll save you so much time and anxiety for remembering everything. Then make a step by step plan of when and what you are going to cook. Cook ahead and freeze as much as you can.
By crossing things off your list, you get a sense of satisfaction which keeps you moving forward.
Tip 2 – Don’t sweat the small stuff
It’s easy to get caught up in the details and lose track of the meaning behind Christmas – it’s all about spending time with people you love (and holidays of course). Worrying over whether you’ve picked the exact right gift for someone will drain your valuable energy, and honestly, they won’t care. Let the stuff go that isn’t important.
Tip 3 – Support your body
Now’s the time to take those supplements hiding in the back of the cupboard. Or, stock up now on:
- B Vitamins
- Vitamin C
- Fish oil
- Probiotics and
- liver support (like St Mary’s Thistle/Milk Thistle)
- digestive enzymes (see below)
These will help you to get through the party season and beyond in much better shape.
Tip 4 – Choose party foods carefully
It’s so tempting to overeat at this time of year, especially when catching up with friends:1524
- make wise food and snack choices that don’t mess with your digestion
- don’t stand near the food bar to chat with people – you’ll be more likely to reach unconsciously for food. Move away
- take a digestive enzyme over the party season to make sure food is broken down well – nobody likes the bloating and gas that comes from overindulgence 🙂
Tip 5 – Keep hydrated
Keep your water intake up and alternate your alcoholic drinks with a glass of water when having fun. Alcohol will dehydrate you as the body needs water to break down the alcohol and your body will draw it out of body tissues if there isn’t enough on board. Ever wonder why you you’re so dry after a big night?
But, most importantly, Christmas is a time for relaxation, family, holidays and fun.
Enjoy the festive season!
With you health in mind,
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