December Top Tips
- Get out and about – So I know some of you will be looking forward to sitting by the fire, eating lots and drinking lots, watching movies. That is ok for an evening or two but get out and about as much as you can. Mix with other people at Christmas Markets, Church, lunches, parties, walking or just play with the kids outside.
- Go easy on the booze – If you are firmly ensconced at home over the festive period, those alcohol units can really mount up. Mulled wine on Christmas eve, Bucks Fizz with breakfast, wine with dinner, Baileys, brandy… the list goes on! So, do try to keep tabs on how much you are drinking, and intersperse alcoholic drinks with soft ones.
- Keep colds at bay – Colds are rife at Christmas, partly because many of us travel around the country, exposing ourselves – and others – to different cold viruses. Minimize your risks by maintaining a healthy immune system. Take a Vitamin C supplement (from a local Health Shop who can advice what is best for you and your family) so you are more able to fight off any viruses. Also, have essential oil of lemon or tea tree to burn around the house or put it in your moisturiser, baths, etc.
- Don’t stress – ‘Tis the season to be jolly’ but jolly is the last thing many of us feel with overspending, cooking, cleaning, endless ‘to do’ lists and visitors we could do without. Try to keep a sense of humor and proportion. Is it really the end of the world if the carrots are overcooked or if the mantelpiece is a bit dusty? Do you really care about Auntie Mary’s disapproval of the fact that you and your partner are living together and aren’t married? Remember, Christmas is just one day out of 365 and it isn’t worth stressing over.
- Do something for you – So you have a list as long as your arm for presents from teachers and activities instructors to family and friends. But what about you? Trust me if you look after yourself, everyone benefits. Buy a new outfit for a night out, enjoy a relaxing epsom salt bath, meet up with friends. Just take care of you and everything else will fall into place.
Happy Christmas and Just Be for December!
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