How to stay balanced at Christmas
Between all the Christmas parties, the Christmas shopping, the meet-ups with friends and family, people often forget one thing: themselves! And so it is that what’s supposed to be the most peaceful time of the year quickly descends into the most stressful. Preparing for Christmas sends “normal” life rhythms out of whack, and you often feel totally drained after the holidays. Our simple tips and tricks will help you stay on top of things this year!
Give your body the exercise it needs
Over the festive season, sometimes it feels like there’s no end to the stress. So it’s not surprising that it can sometimes be difficult to make a bit of time for exercise. But instead of getting stuck into a strenuous workout, pay attention to what your body really needs. In these especially busy periods, it’s important to rest – and you can build that into your fitness plan too. A leisurely winter walk can be far more effective than sweating buckets in a power training session. It relaxes the body and allows you to enjoy some peace and calm.
Yoga is also great for helping to maintain balance. Conscious breathing has a relaxing effect, helping you to quickly shake off any stress. Yoga exercises bring body, mind and spirit into harmony – a couple of minutes every day is usually all you need! So relax over Christmas – you’ll be doing your body the world of good and giving yourself the gift of a balanced lifestyle.
Allow yourself to enjoy life
A life enjoyed is a happy life. Of course, it’s important to eat a balanced diet; reducing your sugar intake and making sure you get enough vitamins and minerals. But before you start reproaching yourself for a few minor slip-ups or putting pressure on yourself, just allow yourself to enjoy your meal – whether it’s a tasty vegetable soup or a little bit of Melt-in-the-Middle Chocolate Gingerbread Puds . Be mindful about your food so that you can enjoy every bite, particularly during stressful times!
Be mindful over Christmas
It isn’t just your body that benefits from a balanced lifestyle: your mind will thank you for it too, especially over the holidays! It’s important to take a few time-outs after all the festive preparations (or ideally during). In all the hustle and bustle, it’s easy to lose your inner peace, but even just a couple of minutes every day doing something positive for yourself can make all the difference. Take a soothing bath, pick up a good book or go for a short walk. Meditation or writing in a mindfulness diary are also wonderful ways to achieve a balanced life.
And most importantly: don’t be too hard on yourself! After all, it’s Christmas! If you eat a few more biscuits than usual or don’t go to the gym three times a week, it’s not the end of the world. Just enjoy your time with your loved ones and do the things that do you good. Then the balance will come about naturally.