Whether you’re a Christmas lover or a total grinch, I think we can all agree that the holiday season can be a very stressful time of year.
Today’s post is all about ways you can keep your mind & body healthy this Christmas.
Tis the season for giving to others and eating your body weight in minced pies, and it’s super easy to forget to take a minute in the Christmas madness and give yourself some self care.
Below are a few of my favourite tips for staying both mentally and physically fresh this season.
🎄 Eat what you want, within reason! Even the most strong-willed of us can’t resist a warming glass of mulled cider and sugar cookies, but be careful not to go over the top. Too much sugar can lead to bad skin, bloating and the dreaded sugar crash.
🎄 Don’t over commit to parties/events/dinners. It’s easy to fill your diary up without realising that you’re leaving no time for yourself. Block out a day for self care, make a couch fort and watch some cheesy Xmas films.
🎄 Bundle up and go for a long, relaxing walk. The exercise will get your heart pumping, and help get your mind back on track to ease stress.
🎄 Find the time to give yourself a pamper day. Whether you visit a spa or stay at home, make time to sit back, relax and do things you might not usually spend time one – give yourself a mani/pedi, spend an hour in a bubbly bath or break out that face mask you’ve been saving 😉
🎄It’s natural to think that it’s essential to have a Christmas straight from a Good Homes magazine but it doesn’t have to be picture perfect – things go wrong, and that’s okay! Don’t stress or overdo it – as long as you’re happy, that’s all that matters.
🎄Feeling down or isolated? You’re not alone – please remember to reach out to others for help, whether it be your other half, friends, family or a mental health group such as MIND. Being honest and opening up can literally be a life-saver!
🎄 Treat yourself to a new yoga mat, and take up the best hobby for stress relief and staying fit. I’m a huge believer in the healing effects of yoga – see a post from earlier this year about the benefits here.
🎄 Don your most festive PJ’s, pop on your favourite Christmas playlist and snuggle up with a good book – my guilty pleasure is re-reading ‘A Christmas Carol’ as it lifts my spirits and warms my heart wonderfully!
🎄 Don’t leave everything until the last minute, no matter how tempting it might be to put things off. Make a to-do list and commit to working through it – there is nothing quite as stressful as last minute shopping on Xmas eve.
🎄 I’ve mentioned mental health apps before, but from experience they can be really beneficial, even if you only have a few minutes to spare. Headspace is great for mindful meditation or give Calm a whirl – the daily ‘Calm Highlights’ are fantastic.
🎄 Finally, let go of that guilt that comes from looking after yourself. Don’t feel bad for staying curled up at home over a night out, or for turning down a family dinner. Staying healthy and happy should be a top priority, and don’t forget or feel weighed down with guilt because of it ❤
Do you have a perfect tip for staying on top this season? Drop me a line in the comments or email – I love hearing from you!