Make nurturing your health and well-being the priority this holiday season. Do what you can to reduce the stress this time of year can bring before Father Christmas has polished his boots, and prepare for a festive fun time.

Christmas can be a wonderful time. For others, a lonely one or a holiday they want to get through as quickly as possible. I think it’s worth remembering this before I go on: not everyone loves the tinsel and parties, will be surrounded by their loved ones, or feels safe in their homes.

Even for those of us who love this time of year, it can be stressful. Resulting in shoulders up under our ears, tension being held in our bodies and our minds whirring to keep up with the ever-growing ‘to-do’ list.

So, as the big day draws closer, and the weeks before, you pop the turkey, and all the trimmings in the oven disappear. I am sharing a few tips for prioritising your health and well-being for nurturing your health and well-being this Christmas.

Prioritise Self-Care:

This is obvious, but make time for yourself amidst the holiday rush. Whether it’s a warm bath, a good book, or a quiet walk, prioritise the activities that help you relax and recharge. Block time out for you.

Stay Active:

Don’t let the holidays be an excuse to abandon your regular exercise routine. Schedule time for physical activity, even if it’s just a short workout or a brisk walk.

Think Nutrition:

Enjoy the holiday treats, but also include nutritious foods in your diet. Balance those indulgent meals with plenty of fruits, vegetables, and lean proteins.

Practice mindful eating by savouring each bite and paying attention to your body’s hunger and fullness cues. This can help prevent overeating and promote a healthy relationship with food.

And stay hydrated, especially if you’re indulging in holiday beverages. Water is essential for overall health and can help you feel more energised.

Manage Stress:

The holiday season can be stressful, so find ways to manage stress. Techniques such as deep breathing, meditation, or yoga can help you stay calm and centered.

Setting realistic expectations for yourself and others during the holidays will help. And it’s okay if everything doesn’t go perfectly. Focus on the joy of the season rather than striving for perfection.

Prioritise sleep and aim for adequate and quality sleep as lack of sleep can contribute to stress and impact your overall well-being.

Practice Gratitude:

Take a moment each day to reflect on the things you’re grateful for. Focusing on the positive aspects of your life can contribute to a sense of well-being.

Set boundaries:

Say no to avoid overcommitting yourself. It’s okay to prioritise your well-being and focus on activities that bring you joy.

Remember, the holiday season is a time to celebrate and enjoy, but it’s also essential to take care of yourself. Finding a balance that works for you will create a healthier and more enjoyable Christmas season.

Finally, how about a massage to release the tension you are holding before or after Father Christmas visits? We have two incredible masseurs, Gaby, who specialises in Manual Lymphatic Drainage (MLD) but can offer a relaxing massage, and Becky, who specialises in Sports Massage. You can call 01722 415 055 to make an appointment.