Christmas collides with summer and the extra long school holiday. Everything seems stamped urgent. There’s so little time to get geared up to cram everything into the car and hit the road.
Even if you’re chilling out at home, a little preparation goes a long way to take the stress out of this frantic time of year. Breathe for a minute, the ocean or bush air will still be as fresh when you get there. Here are a few tips to help you enjoy a happy healthy summer, wherever you choose to be.
The festive season should be the ultimate chill out time. However, for many people it is often the most stressful time of the year. Here are some ways to stay within budget and in good cheer:
Limit gifts to children only or organise a Kris Kringle. Go to the markets and buy homemade jams, chutneys and pickles.
Concentrate on the free pleasures of Christmas – making memories and having fun with the family. Make gingerbread men and shortbread.
Don’t go over the top and get obsessed over doing it all.
(That’s almost unheard of these days!)
Be sure to keep some ‘you time’ on the holiday agenda. Treat yourself to a massage or simply a quiet walk. Don’t over-schedule your time and take on more than you can manage.
Caffeine on an empty stomach can cause blood sugar levels to spike, which can make you irritable. Fit in exercise Going for a run or hitting the gym can make you feel better. Research has found that workouts can boost your mood for up to 12 hours. Walking has a calming effect on your brain, decreases anxiety and improves sleep.
Take turns with your partner doing kid-duty. Make your own decorations and let the kids be creative.