5 ways to stay sane during the silly season!

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It's that time of year again....

Can you believe it's December already? This year has flown by quicker than a heartbeat! And yet here we are; tis the season of Christmas parties, food and wine in abundance, shopping for gifts and frantically getting sh!t done before December 25th.  It's so easy to get swept along with the tide and forget to take time out for yourself, which is ironic as now is when you really need time for yourself! So here are five tips for keeping yourself sane and healthy during this hectic time; remember that your health is your best asset and should always be a priority...

1. Do yoga.

This isn't just a shameless plug for my business I promise! Yoga has multiple benefits for your health and general wellbeing (se ALL our previous blogs) and gives you the opportunity to check out of your day and check in with yourself for an hour. If yoga isn't your thing and you just happen to be reading this blog, no problems; find a type of movement that works for you and do it. Lift weights, jog, go walking, swim, dance or run up the stairs - whatever it is that gets you up and moving. Regular exercise boosts your mood, reduces anxiety and increases your metabolic rate which will burn more calories (I'm looking at you, mince pies!)

2. Meditate.

There's no better way to keep a calm, clear head than with a daily meditation practice. Just ten little minutes and a meditation app are all you need; try Headspace or 1 Giant Mind to get you started.

3. Eat right.. 80% of the time!

Ok so one of the best things about Christmas is the food! I already mentioned those mince pies I'm trying to burn off (my mother's orange crusted, brandy soaked fruit variety are too good to refuse). Christmas is a social time and in our culture that usually involves food and booze. So cut yourself some slack and don't beat yourself up for indulging; better to enjoy the moment fully and then be healthy the day after. If you know you have a big night coming up, increase the water and veggies during the days before to balance it out. Simple!

4.. Give back.

We have so much. Everything is in abundance for us; food, gifts, opportunities and more. Give yourself a reality check and remember those less fortunate. There are so many ways that you can give back at Christmas; donating unwanted gifts, making monetary donations to charities or volunteering your time. Not only is this a huge benefit to our community, but also makes us more appreciative of everything we have.

5. Look to the future now, it's only just begun.

Because it falls at the end of the year, Christmas becomes a time of reflection. Instead of dwelling on the shoulda. woulda, couldas of the year just gone, focus on the positives. Think about what you can leave behind that no longer serves you, and what you can take with you into the year ahead. Now is a great time to plan

Claire Hocken