To help you prepare for the coming months of chaos, we’ve put together our top 6 tips for surviving the holiday season so that you enjoy it as much as possible and come out the other side feeling fresh.
1. STAY HYDRATED
Staying hydrated is super important, particularly in the Aussie summer. It helps us regulate temperature, concentrate, and perform at our best physically. All important when it’s a busy time of year.
Having a water bottle close at hand makes it easier to stay hydrated when you’re running around trying to do everything and be everywhere. You can sip away as much as you like without the hassle of needing to find a tap. If water on its own is hard add a slice of lemon or a handful of berries to make it easier to tolerate. Grab an insulated water bottle and fill it with cold water at the start of the day. It will stay cool for longer even when left in a hot car which means you’ve got cool water on hand and an easy way to find some chill on the go. Remember to drink water when you’re drinking alcohol as well, it will keep you feeling fresh and will combat the dehydrating effects of those festive cocktails you’re downing. At the end of the day, you want your skin to be glowing because you’re hydrated, not because you forgot to have a sip of water all day.
2. GET SOME SLEEP
Yep, another basic one, but with epic parties and loads to do the amount of sleep you’re getting can dwindle before you know it.
Getting enough good-quality sleep ensures that you’re firing on all cylinders, can concentrate better, and are also less likely to burn out (something that we all want to avoid when we’re meant to be relaxing & having fun!)
Try to get 7-8 hours per night, but in a pinch you can always sneak in an arvo power nap to recharge the batteries before heading to a dinner or drinks. One of the perks of having some time off.
3. DON’T SAVE YOUR CALORIES
Although it may be tempting to skip meals to save your calories for holiday treats, it’s better to stick to your regular eating patterns. You are more likely to overindulge if you arrive at the party hungry.
4. STEER CLEAR OF THE BUFFET TABLE AND KITCHEN
Standing close to the food may result in mindless nibbling. Carefully select items you truly want to try, and then move away.
5. DON’T TRY TO DO EVERYTHING
This works in two ways – the events you’re going to and the events that you’re hosting.
If you’re flat out with back to back social engagements and family events, keep in mind that you don’t have to say yes to everything. Family and friends are often understanding at this time of year if you can’t make it to every event on the calendar. Just be honest & tell them that you have a lot on & probably won’t be able to make it to that particular one.
If you’re hosting an event, like Christmas lunch for example, then remember that all of those people you have coming along are useful sets of hands who are often willing to pitch in. Ask family and friends to get involved and help with the set-up, shopping, food prep etc for big occasions. It will be more fun because you’ll be less stressed trying to do it all & you’ll get to spend time with them while getting things done rather than being the one left alone slaving over a hot stove.
6. TAKE SOME TIME FOR YOURSELF
For some this seems counter-intuitive to what the season is all about, but for others it will be a no-brainer. While spending time with loved ones it important, it’s equally important to take some time out for yourself.
The holidays can be a busy time, and it’s easy to let exercise routines fall by the wayside. It’s much easier to get out of the habit of exercising than it is to get back into it once the holidays are over. Consider scheduling a time for exercise or organizing family activities that get everyone moving.