SUR­VIV­ING CHRIST­MAS IN GOOD HEALTH

Style Magazine - - Promotion - BY EL­SPETH HASWELL-SMITH, STYLE COLUM­NIST

Christ­mas can be daunt­ing for many peo­ple, here are some great ideas to keep in mind dur­ing the silly sea­son. Con­nec­tion: Christ­mas can be a lonely time for many peo­ple. Whether they have lost loved ones (or do not have good com­mu­ni­ca­tion with loved ones) it is im­por­tant we think of those around us. Find out if any­one in your cir­cle is spend­ing Christ­mas alone and ex­tend an in­vi­ta­tion to cel­e­brate to­gether. Or con­sider vol­un­teer­ing at a char­ity, home­less shel­ter or nurs­ing home on Christ­mas Day. Lets look out for each other dur­ing the fes­tive sea­son and re­mem­ber con­nec­tion is more im­por­tant than the gifts we buy.

Fi­nances: Stick to a bud­get, buy lo­cal and do not over­spend, some­times the sim­plest ideas make the best gifts.

Weight Gain: Ac­cord­ing to Nutri­tion Aus­tralia we gain on av­er­age .8 to 1.5kg over the Christ­mas pe­riod. Pre­vent weight gain by tak­ing some sim­ple mind­ful steps. Ex­er­cise reg­u­larly and avoid over-con­sum­ing food and al­co­hol. Think about eat­ing a rain­bow and fo­cus more on fresh sea­sonal fruits and veg­eta­bles than pre-pack­aged chips and bak­ery treats.

Sleep: The Christ­mas sea­son can in­flu­ence our sleep­ing pat­terns and sched­ules with catch-ups and Christ­mas par­ties. Keep in mind the im­por­tance of a good sleep rou­tine and avoid late nights of drink­ing. This will re­duce stress and en­cour­age you to un­wind and re­lax.

En­joy your­self this Christ­mas sea­son.

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