It goes without saying that the Christmas to New Year’s holidays are a magical time of year, lots of delicious food, any excuse for some alcohol and plenty of social festivities; but it’s important to remember that the holidays can be a challenging period for many people, yourself included, whether you’re spending it with family, friends or alone. It’s great to have some time off after what was sure to be a busy year, but it’s paramount to look after your physical and mental health during the holiday season.
We pulled together some tips on how to look after your wellbeing and mental health this holiday season.
Don’t bow to the pressure
No matter if you consider yourself an extrovert or introvert, the pressures associated with how full our social calendars can get this time of year can be exhausting! There’s so many people to see and places to be – it feels like you’re always out and about rushing to see someone. Just remember that it’s okay to say no and make plans with yourself instead.
Get some fresh air
Even though the temperature is rising, a little Vitamin D can do a world of good. It’s easy to get stuck inside with everyone, or spending time in the shopping centre, but getting outside and getting some fresh air will do you a world of good. Get the squad together and go for a hike, even a picnic by the lake or in your backyard! You’ll notice the more time you spend outside, the better your mood will be.
It’s easy to get caught up in copious amounts of alcohol (most of which are free!). Everywhere you look drinks are being poured and bottles are being popped. Don’t risk dehydration in the heat by forgetting the most important drink of all – water – your skin and digestion will thank you later.
With social media and instant life updates, it’s easy to compare your experience of this time of year to someone else’s. If social media is causing you to experience FOMO and low self-esteem because your idea of the ‘perfect Christmas or New Years’ isn’t looking as perfect as someone else’s, maybe it’s time to unplug from all things digital for a while? Check out our simple ways to have a digital detox for some inspo.
We’re not saying go on a diet (because honestly, this time of year that would be crazy!), we’re saying to make good choices and eat intuitively. It’s so easy to overindulge and be left feeling sluggish and bloated – listen to your body and if you’re full take a break! Don’t feel the need to keep up with everyone else and for the record in 2020 word is you will totally friends with salad.
Remember, not only is it important to look after your own physical and mental health, it’s important to check in on your friends and family too and see how they’re doing.