The lead up to Christmas can be stressful and the simple joys of Christmas can often be overlooked in the chaos of Christmas shopping, parties and menu planning for Christmas Day. We’d like to help you enjoy a happy, healthy Christmas this year – one with less stress, more enjoyment and that impacts less on our health.
Here are some ways to help our body and mind manage the stress of the busy Christmas season:
If you have a normal exercise regime, try to keep it up. If you don’t, don’t stress, physical exercise doesn’t have to mean going to a gym or a fitness class. It can be as simple as getting out in nature for a bit of fresh air every day. Try to make movement and exercise incidental. Park down the street when you go for your Christmas shop. Do a few calf raises while waiting in the check-out. In between wrapping presents do a few stretches on the floor. Play a quick game of tag with the kiddies. Too hot to be inside??… Grab a quick swim. Remember if you are new to exercise … gradually ease into your new routine to prevent injury.
Keep Up Healthy Habits
This time of year is a great for taking stock of what you are doing. Look at what you are doing that is already healthy and try to stick to that no matter what. A simple healthy habit to take up during the balmy Xmas season is to increase your water intake. Try to have at least 2 litres per day to keep hydrated. If you are being active even more is advised.
Plan Some Relaxing Time
Use the days off to pamper yourself. Book in for a massage. Schedule time to kick it on the beach or by the pool. Grab that book you have been dying to read. Have a little movie marathon. Sleep in. Disconnect from your phone or social media and just enjoy the day.
Think about the days ahead and make a few lists for the gifts and groceries you will need.
If you want to share in your healthy mind-set, consider giving gifts that encourage physical activity and interaction. Gifts like ring toss, badminton, croquet, footy, slack-lines can be a great way of having some fun and making memories with those you love.
When grocery shopping consider including a few healthier and simple options to be around the house during the festive season. This can help reduce binging on chocolates and Christmas goodies!
We hope this advice leads you on the path towards a happier, healthier Christmas this year. The team at Goldfields Physio wish you a Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year.
Author: Diane Lukasiewich, B.Sc.P.T., M.Man.Ther. (Manip), APA Titled Musculoskeletal Physiotherapist