The festive season can mean a busy social schedule with plenty of get-togethers in the diary!
Your wellness routine is generally the first thing that gets left behind as we tend to celebrate Christmas earlier every year. However, when you give up your exercise and healthy routine and start to drink more (or eat more), your immunity drops and you risk getting sick.
Research shows that if we have a plan of how we are going to behave we are more likely to follow through with it and stay healthy.
Here are 6 tips to keep you healthy and happy during the silly season:
1. BE SUN SAFE
Most of us Aussies love the summer heat, but it is important to stay in the shade whenever possible. Try to limit your time in the direct sunshine between 10am and 4pm, when UV exposure is at its peak. If you are going to be outside, be sure to apply plenty of sunscreen 30 minutes before sun exposure. It is also a good idea to wear a hat and sunglasses whenever possible.
2. KEEP MOVING
Remember even though it is a busy time of the year you can still make time to exercise. Even just 30 minutes of exercise a day can make a difference and simple things like a walk along the beach or going for a swim in the ocean can keep your body active and enjoying the benefits of exercise.
3. STAY HYDRATED
It can be difficult to stay properly hydrated with the warm weather and increased alcohol consumption. Watch your urine colour; if it’s dark you probably need to up your fluid intake.
4. DRINK RESPONSIBLY
Well, it’s no secret alcohol isn’t very good for us. But it’s party season – so just be mindful of your alcohol intake. Try and alternate with a glass of water and remember to eat before you drink.
5. ENJOY QUALITY OVER QUANTITY
Reframe your mindset to focus on selecting good quality foods, but in smaller portions. If you want to enjoy the traditional foods of Christmas. Christmas is typically a time of overindulgence, but what we eat can sometimes impact on how we feel. For example, too much sugar can have a noticeable effect on mental health and wellbeing. Christmas wouldn’t be Christmas without a little bit of overindulgence, but a good tip is to balance this out over the festive period – everything in moderation! Be sure to include plenty of fruit and vegetables into your diet, the more colour the better.
6. RELAX AND RECHARGE
The holiday season is the perfect opportunity to take some time out of your day to day life and gain some perspective to reflect on the year. It’s important to take some much- deserved time out to unwind, relax and reset.
Practice your healthy habits in your daily routine throughout the festive season.
Wishing you and your family a very healthy Christmas from our entire team at Studio Lifewave.