Yes we love to have fun, but if you don’t take care of yourself over the festive season you can end up burning out entirely. So, here are 5 ways to mind yourself over Christmas
What is it about Christmas that causes us to completely lose the run of ourselves when it comes to food, drink and basically all things indulgent? Lauren Healy from The Reset is here with some helpful ideas.
Is there a way to navigate the festive season without ending up at the back end of it full of self hatred? A couple of belt notches up and a unrelenting desire to sign up for every gym class going in January?
Surely there has to be a better way? In all honestly I think Christmas can be a stressful time for a lot of us.
It can be stressful for so many reasons. It’s stressful because we feel the need to meet everyone we know over a 4-week period, which would never normally happen. It brings on serious FOMO with the unwavering amounts of Christmas ads we are forced to compare ourselves to.
So how can we mind ourselves a little bit better over Christmas?
Here are a few tips that hopefully should help you navigate the mince pie-fuelled period.
Take 10 minutes on the weekend to plan your week
10 minutes… that’s all you need. For the next few weeks schedule out your week. In terms of social occasions, time for meal prep, gym classes and self care. In terms of meal prep, even just making a single one-tray dish on the weekend can be a great way of making sure you are getting some nutritious meals in.
Meet a friend for a workout
Often the stress from Christmas comes from us feeling we are losing control because we are out of routine.
Gym sessions get sidelined for impromptu work drinks and meals out, which is part and parcel of Christmas. But not everything has to fall by the wayside. December is the perfect time to try out a few new classes and meeting a friend for a workout is a great way of ensuring you don’t forgo your daily exercise.
The thoughts of somebody waiting for you will be enough to motivate you to get up and at ’em.
Concentrate on what you can control
Self-care seems to be the phrase du jour when it comes to wellness and we all have our own ways of self-care. For one person it may be reading a book, for another it could be having a bath.
Unfortunately, when we get busier it’s the first thing to come out of the diary. But let’s not forget that self care doesn’t need to be elaborate or indulgent. Sleep and food are really the ultimate form of self care, so when December gets busy just concentrate on getting these right as much as possible.
Use the plate method when preparing meals and when eating out. Concentrate on getting 2-3 portions of brightly coloured vegetables, a palm sized portion of lean protein (chicken, turkey, eggs, beans or pulses), some complex carbohydrates (brown rice, pasta, quinoa, sweet potato) and good quality fat (nuts, seeds, olive oil, avocado) at every meal when possible.
Establish a good sleeping routine
Often in December the amount of sleep we are getting can suffer, so simply concentrate on the quality rather than the quantity of sleep. We all know when we are tired we are more inclined to reach for a sugary snack to keep us going so even being mindful of this will remind us that perhaps that isn’t that greatest idea.
Make small changes by minimising caffeine in the afternoon and coming off social media after 9pm. Do something relaxing before going to bed, such as reading a book, doing 10 minutes of yoga or a guided meditation. December can be a great time to start a new habit rather than waiting for January.
Finally enjoy yourself
Christmas can be a busy time and so often we spend so much time running around trying to do everything for everyone else. It should be a time for reflection, a chance to celebrate and reset before the New Year.
If you do nothing else this Christmas spend a few minutes celebrating your success by writing down all the things you have achieved this year both big and small.
If you are feeling overwhelmed over the Christmas period you can always refer back to it.
Fun is something we often overlook as adults but is an integral part of wellness just like food, sleep and exercise all are. Take some time this Christmas to enjoy yourself and set yourself up for an even more productive, fun filled and amazing 2019.
We go into lots more detail about food and how to have a healthy relationship with food along with self-care, meditation and stress management at our retreats. For more details please visit thereset.me