1 Plan Ahead

Too many people spend weeks worrying or hours talking about the stress that buying all the prezzies and having them delivered on time is causing without doing the most important thing to fix it. Although the mayhem is already in full swing – shopping malls are packed, you’re already scheduling times to see the family and in-laws, the lesson is to get organised and prepare early in the weeks leading up to Christmas. Think about buying a few small gifts or making extra single-serve Christmas puddings to divvy up to unexpected guests who stop by. There’s still time. Don’t leave it to the last minute.

2 Don’t Try to do Everything

There is never going to be the perfect Christmas. The most important thing for you to remember is to enjoy the fun and festivities. The season spirit brings people together. The time we spend with each other should be more important than expensive presents. Avoid taking on too much and over-committing to duties of hosting and cooking. Sharing is caring. Why not ask other family members to bring their own homemade dishes and have a potluck? Don’t be afraid to ask for help. Even rope the kids into helping put out by putting crackers on the nibble platter. There’s one more thing you MUST do: set aside at least 1 hour of the day just for you. Take a load off and kick your feet up and reward yourself, even if you didn’t get everything you wanted done. Take a bath. Watch TV. Go for a short walk. Read a book. Whatever helps you tune out from the stress and recentre yourself.

3 Drink Water Too!

A good rule of thumb is that for every glass of alcohol (or eggnog) you consume, drink one full glass of water (plus one when you wake up and one before you go to bed). Stay hydrated to avoid feeling listless and tired before you even get to start singing along with the carols! ‘

4 Sleep Soundly

We need sleep to adequately recover. A bad night’s sleep can leave us without enough energy or motivation to face the next day. If you have been burning the candle at both ends, don’t. Backing up the end of year rush at work with Christmas and New Year’s is rough. The home stretch before time off work leaves people sleep-starved, especially parents (and Santa). If you want to be the life of the party in true Christmas spirit and ring in the new year right, make time for sleep. 7-9 hours a night is non-negotiable for everyday wellbeing!

5 Everything in Moderation (Including Moderation)

Christmas seems to be all about excess. Excessive eating. Excessive drinking. Excessive doing. We aren’t asking you to eat a salad instead of a turkey dinner. But be kind to yourself by eating only until you are satisfied NOT until you are as stuffed as a festive turkey! Enjoy a little bit of everything.

Stock Up While You Can

Don't forget to stock up on your supplements to continue to stay well over the holiday period. Make sure you have enough of your prescribed herbal tinctures and products to ensure you don't run out over the break.

We Are Taking a Short Break

Our clinic will be closed from Monday December 23, 2019 and will re-open Wednesday January 8, 2020. We look forward to seeing you again in 2020 – Happy New Year!