It’s easy to get carried way, and let the Christmas festivities be more stressful than lovely. Here are 3 tips for a peaceful lead up to Christmas:
1. Make a plan and prioritise
Look at the whole of December and make a plan for all things you need to do. Challenge yourself along the way - is it really a “need to” or rather more of a “want to”? Focus on doing the things that gives you and your family joy and happiness.
When you have your to do list in front of you, see how much time you’ve got left over for healthy activities like food preparations and exercise. Be realistic and plan your workouts accordingly. All exercise is better than nothing! When you’re super busy, why don’t you do a quick home workout or walk to work?
2. Focus on what to do and eat (and get rid of any guilt)
There’s no point in having yummie Christmas food and then feeling bad about it. Focus on the things you want to do (for instance eat 5 vegetables and fruits every day) and be content when you’ve done that. Then enjoy your treats with good conscience.
Set a target for your exercise as well, for instance a daily walk and 3 home workouts per week. Focus on getting it done and in between enjoying the festivities and the foods.
3. Breathe and smile
For many Christmas is a stressful time of the year. If you can’t get any relaxing me-time or your down-time, then at least take a few deep breaths every now and then.
Breathing consciously and deeply is proven to lower your stress levels. A smile (even if faked first) makes you more positive or happier instantly.
So start each day with a couple of deep breaths and with a big smile. And cut yourself some slack - it’s Christmas only once a year :)
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