Top Tips for staying well this Christmas

Thanks to Vicki from Harvest Health for these tips.

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Manage your diary

Although it can be difficult with work commitments, social engagements or children’s activities, try to schedule some downtime each week.  Even a 20 minute walk around your local park can help you relax.

Breathe

Often when we’re rushing around we’re unconsciously taking short shallow breaths.  Take a few moments to be mindful and focus on your breath.  Make your breath slower and deeper through your nostrils. Breathe in for four counts and then out for four counts.  Feel the difference within minutes during this simple mindfulness exercise.

Stay hydrated

It's at this time of year, when for many people, alcohol intake goes up. This can be exacerbated on a hot day.  If you’re going out, remember the old rule of having a glass of water for every glass of alcohol.  Add to this a big glass of water to start the day and another when you get home of an evening.  

Prioritise sleep

To avoid becoming stressed and grumpy this time of year, regular good nights of sleep are essential.  A good idea is to make a strict bedtime rule for yourself on those nights when you’re not going to be out.  

Love your liver

The extra alcohol and processed or fatty foods that come with celebratory occasions means some extra work for your liver.  Try the following to give your liver some support:

  • Have at least 2-3 alcohol free days a week
  • Take St Mary’s thistle, a herb which protects liver cells.  
  • Eat a small salad of bitter green leafy vegies.

Spend time outdoors

Make an effort to spend some time outside in a park, the countryside or even weeding your own backyard.  It’s amazing how much more calm and centred we feel after spending time outdoors.

Eat your vegies

Balance the festive food by making yourself a couple of dinners each week that are simple, but full of vegetables and salad. And remember to reach for the veggie sticks at festive occasions.

Drink herbal tea

Take the time to enjoy the ritual of making yourself a cup of tea.  Include relaxing herbs such as chamomile, lemon balm, lime blossom, oat straw, skullcap and lavender.

Take Stock

These tips make sense for every period of our life. If you've got a New Year's Resolution list nearby, and health isn't on your list, it's time to re-evaluate and consider making your health one of your top priorities for 2016.