The Christmas party season is in full swing! As well as being a fun filled time of eating, drinking and being merry, for many women I know, the festive season can be a very stressful time of the year.
Christmas parties, family get togethers and long overdue catch ups with friends, all revolving around food and alcohol – can put a strain on many that have worked hard all year on improving their health, weight & wellness. Often leaving you wishing you’d stayed home with the final season of Breaking Bad instead!
So what can you do to survive the season and hit up January feeling in control, happy and healthy, rather than down on yourself, guilty and grumpy? I’ve put together 6 easy steps to ensure you enjoy the festive season and make it through to January relatively unscathed…
* Never, ever go to a party without eating beforehand. Always try to have a small meal about 1 hour before you head out, to take that ravenous edge off your appetite. Set a reminder alarm on your phone if this helps!
* For every glass of alcohol, drink a glass of water. Simply alternating between an alcoholic drink and a non-alcoholic drink (preferably water to keep calories down) will considerably reduce the amount of alcohol you drink over the course of a party.
* If you do overdo it on the alcohol, then it is super important to get yourself rehydrated the next day. Even if you have been good, taking my advice with non-alcoholic drinks in between – the chances are you could still be feeling pretty rough the next morning. So, don’t just lie around feeling sorry for yourself – get up and drink loads of water and also some diluted fruit juice to help your liver recover and you’ll work through that hangover!
* While you sleep you’re giving your body the best chance of recovering from the indulgences of the party season. Drinking and eating more than you are used to will affect your sleep patterns, as will the late nights that make a regular appearance during this time of year. During Christmas and New Year, many people let themselves become sleep-starved, which leaves them feeling pretty ordinary after a few late nights, and even more so if you’re one for being the life and soul of every party. So it’s very important to make sure you get some quality sleep every chance you get. Hello nanna nap!
* Keeping up your exercise routine can be super challenging over the festive season. But it’s really important to keep yourself active, even if you simply go for a walk around the block or play some backyard cricket in between feasts. A short burst of activity will boost your metabolism and go towards working off a few extra Christmas calories. And there’s nothing better than an evening walk at this time of year to check out the neighbor's Christmas lights!
* And last, but I think most important, be kind to yourself. Get out there, enjoy yourself, have fun and kick up your heels to celebrate all your wins throughout the year, you deserve it after all that hard work. But come the next day when you might be feeling a bit rough and inclined to reflect on what you ate & drank, don’t beat yourself up if you didn’t exactly stick to your plan. Acknowledge that you might have indulged a little more than you should have, dust yourself off and move on, getting right back on track again. Don't let that niggly inner voice give you a hard time, making you feel guilty and down on yourself, this will only lead to mindless indulging, trust me!
Enjoy yourself, celebrate and smile. You can make it through the silly season without too much guilt and grumpiness and hit up January feeling awesome!
Sonya Lovell is an experienced Coach helping women create healthier, happier lives. If you're ready to step up and finally make the changes you've been craving to improve your health, wellness or relationships then visit SonyaLovell.com for your free copy of Sonya's first step to a healthier, happier you.
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