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TOP TIPS TO BEAT CHRISTMAS STRESS

TOP TIPS TO BEAT CHRISTMAS STRESS

The festive season should be such a happy time of year. Meeting family, giving and receiving gifts, enjoying good food – it should be much needed cheer in the midwinter rain and cold. Sadly it doesn’t always work out that way.

If the approach of the Santa juggernaut makes you feel like leaving the country, try these ideas:

1.REDUCE THE STUFF

Much of the seasonal stress really starts with the pursuit of ‘stuff’. Most of us have too much as it is, so adding even more does not make sense. If someone is ‘difficult to buy for’, that is a strong signal that they really don’t need anything. Join the viral campaign for a present ceasefire.

2.KEEP ON MOVING

With work deadlines and shopping to do, there can be a squeeze on your schedule. When that happens, it can be all too tempting to forgo your exercise time. Don’t do it! Adjust your fitness routine for winter and keep that movement happening.

Plenty of gyms are open over the festive period. If you're visiting family, find a gym nearby so your workouts don't suffer. January will be less of a shock if you can keep your fitness up.

3.LOVE YOUR DIGESTION

Winner, winner, Christmas dinner! It is a big highlight but it can also be a massive hit on your unsuspecting digestion. There are ways to enjoy the Christmas meal without too much waistline payback. Go easy on the treats and booze too, and try to take your stomach for an afternoon walk. You'll feel better for it on Boxing Day!

4.GO TOWARD THE LIGHT

December 21st marks the winter solstice, when London will see sunset at a depressing 3:52 pm. At least we are on the up after that, but the short daylight hours and low light levels can really add to December stress.  Try to get as much daylight as you can. Fit in a walk at lunchtime and spend weekend time outside, not in a shopping centre.

5.BE MINDFUL

Not everyone has a mantelpiece full of invitations and a huge family event to attend. Rather than envying others, take time to appreciate what you have, to look after yourself and perhaps to help those less fortunate.

If Scrooge can learn his seasonal lesson, then there is hope for us all. Merry Christmas!

 

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Jessica Ambrose

Jessica is a fitness writer who loves long distance running, yoga, strength training and healthy eating.

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