A Guide to Surviving the Silly Season
If there’s one thing to throw you off your routine, it’s the silly season. Work lunches that turn into work drinks, family BBQ’s and celebratory soirees as well as the scorching summer heat that has us chained to the beachside can all wreak havoc on your best laid plans.
To ensure you enter the new year with a good attitude and healthy habits, follow a few of our tips for surviving the silly season:
Be Strategic About Your Booze Intake
Before you start drinking, set a limit on how many drinks you can have that night. Everyone has their own tolerance, so make sure to set one that’s right for you.
Also, make sure to drink a glass of water between drinks. Not only will this slow you down, but it will keep you hydrated, preventing that dreaded Christmas Day hangover!
Schedule A Sprint Sesh
According to scientists at Canada’s McMaster University, three 20-second sprints provide the same improvement to your respiratory system as 50 minutes of low-intensity exercise! Keep up a few sprint sessions a week during December, and you’ll be ready to take on the New Year.
If you think this’ll work for you, make sure you plan ahead! If you know you have a celebratory lunch one day, get into the habit of planning your workout that morning. Working out in the morning is a brilliant way of building momentum and energy for the rest of the day.
Limit the Nibbles
It can be easy to get lost in the Cadbury favourites, Lindt balls, and salted nuts, but the calories in these incredibly energy-dense foods adds up quick, and that’s even before the main course! To prevent mindless eating, stick to pre-dinner snacks that are high in vitamins and fibre such as fruit, veggies, hummus, and salsa.
Stay social, actively!
Why not turn that coffee catchup into a walking coffee date or a quick tennis match? Start thinking about how you can connect with your loved ones through activities you both enjoy. You could even start new traditions such as a family summer evening walk or a morning coastal jog.
‘Tis the season to stress less
Along with divorce, moving house, and changing jobs, Christmas is considered one of the six most stressful life events! The cooking, family drama, and relationship issues that tend to bubble over the December period can bring an overwhelming amount of pressure that no-one wants.
The answer? Plan, plan, plan! Organise your Christmas gifts early, make lists (and check them twice), and plan out your calendar. Getting yourself tense and stressed out is a quick way to not only stress others out but ruin your own mental health at a time where you should be taking a break. Just because it’s the holidays, doesn’t mean you need to spend every waking minute with family and friends. Make sure you’re getting in that alone time, even if it’s just that morning sprint session or a daily coastal walk. If you’re looking for a helping hand to ease the anxiety and stress, make sure to keep Bioplus Sedacalm on hand. One tablet three times a day can help to relieve nervous tension and restlessness.