The 'silly season' is almost upon us, so now's the time to plant the seeds of good health: how will you keep your health in the picture these holidays?
We asked women who work at Jean Hailes how they're planning to stay healthy over the break. Here's their helpful advice for you to pick and choose from, and make a plan that's right for you.
A social schedule that works for you
My trick is to under-schedule throughout December. I have just one school-night social commitment per week, which keeps me gloriously calm, despite tinsel jumping out at me from all angles!
The last couple of years I have started to write a list of all the positives that I am grateful for and anything I want to say goodbye to. I find connecting back to my inner core means I have a more relaxed connected holiday break and can start the New Year with a fresh start.
Good mental health is nourished by great friends. So over the holidays, I make time to catch up with dear friends that I've not seen (or seen much of) due to the busyness of the year. I'm always so glad I did.
Christmas is not a good time of the year for me for a whole bunch of reasons. This means I make sure there are good friends around, plenty of things to do to keep me busy, and reaching out to those close to me when things are not great! The support network is really important.
In the holidays I try to spend more time on experiences and creating memories rather than spending more money on things. I feel less stressed and an increase in my overall wellbeing.
I find laughing, eating and drinking together makes me so happy and relaxed, so whenever I can, I try to spend this time with my family and friends.
Take advantage of the better weather
The best thing I do in the holidays is get up really early every morning and do some exercise before ANYTHING else.
I try to focus on enjoying the great weather… go to the beach, walk with my dog, take bike rides with my daughter, leave the car in the garage.
Make time for mental health
I give myself permission to take time out every day, whether it be 5 or 20 or 30 mins or however long.
Every Christmas break, I make the time to declutter my wardrobe and kitchen. For me, a decluttered home equals a decluttered mind.
I make sure I have lots of down-time reading books, and time that I just switch off from the world.
This holiday season, I'm going to listen to my mindfulness app every morning, even Christmas morning. I'm hoping it's going to help me stay present and less stressed over the little things, so I can fully soak up this special time of year.
Striking a balance
To balance out a busy work year, I like to take in some culture; a trip to an art gallery or museum. Then also a bit of indulging in seasonal food and drinks, but just for a couple of days rather than the whole season!
I don't indulge the whole holiday season, I 'pick and choose' the calories that are worth it.
My motto for the holidays: pilates and lattes!
So now you know how we're spending our holidays, how are you going to spend yours?