We know what you’re thinking… is it that time of year already?! And the answer is YES, the festive season is upon us again! 2020 has thrown us a rollercoaster of surprises so in some ways it’s nice to see it drawing to a close. Before it does though, we need to survive the silliness of the festive season. Between work Christmas parties, final school terms wrapping up and catching up with friends and family, it can be a draining (and expensive) time which takes a toll on our health and well being. The good news is, it doesn’t have to be that way. We’ve compiled some tips and tricks to help you maintain your healthy habits and survive the silly season!

Start the day with a healthy breakfast

You’ve heard the saying ‘breakfast is the most important meal of the day’, and it’s true! Research has shown that starting the day with healthy foods sets you up for the day and reduces the risk of over-indulging in unhealthy foods later in the day. According to Nutrition Australia, breakfast kick starts your metabolism by breaking your overnight fast and refuelling your glycogen (energy) levels. Basically you’ll be less likely to over indulge in the Christmas chocolates placed around the office when the 3.30pm slump kicks in! For some healthy and quick breakfast ideas, check out these recipes from Honest to Goodness.

Go easy on the alcohol

Christmas is a time for celebration, and it’s easy to get carried away with alcohol consumption during the festive season, especially if your colleagues/friends/family are doing the same thing. Alcohol is loaded with sugar and calories so drinking in moderation is always a good idea. You also probably don’t want to be the really drunk guy at your work Christmas party, it’s a hard reputation to shake! Try alternating an alcoholic drink with a non alcoholic drink, or diluting your wine with soda water, or opting for light beer instead of full strength. Think about how you’re going to get home and pre-book a taxi or Uber, or limit your drinks so that you can still drive home. If you're ever unsure whether you’ve had too much, it's always better to be safe than sorry and take the taxi option! To learn more about blood alcohol levels, check out the Alcohol and Drug Foundation website.

Maintain your exercise habits

Just because the festive season is here doesn’t mean all the good exercise habits you’ve built over the year should go out the window. Sticking to your regular exercise or daily routine will help keep you motivated and avoid feeling sluggish. 20-30 minutes of physical activity a day is enough to get your heart rate up, and will do wonders for your mental health. Not to mention you’ll feel fresh, healthy and ready for the craziness that comes with the holiday season!

Plan ahead

It’s easy to get overwhelmed with the amount to organise and all the expectations and expenses that come with the lead up to Christmas. Throw in a few functions and you have yourself a recipe for stress and unhealthy habits. Planning ahead can be the difference between a relaxing and enjoyable festive season rather than a stressful one. Make yourself to-do lists and start ticking off jobs as early as possible to avoid the mad last minute rush. You could try an organisation app such as Trello or Teuxdeux to help you stay on track. And remember, it’s OK to say no to things, the most important thing is to look after your own physical and mental wellbeing.

Enjoy it!

The festive season is meant to be a time of celebration and spending time with loved ones. It can be easy to lose sight of this so it’s a good idea to step back, take a minute to regroup and ensure you can enjoy and embrace the festivities in a way that benefits you!

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