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9 Dec

How to avoid the Christmas Crash

The crazy season is upon us. Through media advertising, in-store and online marketing, family pressures and a crammed social diary, it’s not surprising you feel utterly exhausted by the time Christmas arrives. As the countdown officially begins, now is a crucial time to really take care.

December is a sociable time, and you really want to look and feel your best right through until the main event. It doesn’t have to be a complete write-off when it comes to your usual healthy intentions, so try and add in some self-care when you can.

Treat your skin

Don’t let your skin let you down. Your bedtime skincare routine is essential to wash away toxins and help your skin repair while you sleep, especially after a night out. Your pillow may seem more appealing in the early hours, so give yourself an incentive with a nourishing new serum or night oil. I’ve just started using Jorgobé Hydrating Glow Serum; it’s packed with nutrients, smells amazing and I can see and feel the difference in the morning.

 

Keep active

As hard as it is, try and stick to your exercise routine as much as you can; this will keep the blood flowing and maintain your natural glow. You’ll also feel quite pleased with yourself for keeping it up, and January won’t seem so blue. Just don’t beat yourself up if you miss a few sessions; even a brisk walk will do you good and is sure to clear your fuzzy head.

Don’t forget to eat

After-work drinks are at an all-time high. You forget to eat, and then consume more calories in five minutes than you usually would in a day on the way home. The morning feels a whole lot worse. It’s a familiar trap we’ve all fallen into, yet so easy to avoid. Be prepared! Make extra when you’re cooking dinner the night before, or choose a healthy option when you get your lunch. Eggs, salmon, avocado, quinoa, oats, Greek yoghurt and bananas are brilliant choices, as they help regulate the absorption and the effects of alcohol.

 

Nourish your body

Stock up on wholesome foods in-between the mulled wine and mince pies. Avocado, salmon, mackerel, walnuts, sunflower seeds and sweet potatoes are all great for your skin. Keep your immune system strong with plenty of citrus fruits, red peppers, broccoli, garlic and ginger. When you need an extra boost after a late night, opt for high-energy foods such as bananas, apples, brown rice, quinoa and oats.

No surprise here

I don’t need to tell you to stay hydrated, but I can help you remember. On a night out, try and get into the habit of ordering a glass of water with every alcoholic drink. Pop a big glass of water next to your bed before you go out as a reminder when you get home. Start every day with a full bottle of water next to your desk, and set your daily target; around 2 litres is advisable.

 

You don’t have to accept every invitation

I’ve mentioned before about saying no, and now is the perfect time to practise your skills. December is a great month to be out, but choose your nights wisely to avoid burnout. The office party and annual Christmas dinner with close friends will create some of the best festive memories. But you can probably miss the plus-one invite to your flatmate’s work do, and why not look forward to catching up with that old school friend in January.

Take time for yourself

After-work drinks are at an all-time high. You forget to eat, and then consume more calories in five minutes than you usually would in a day on the way home. The morning feels a whole lot worse. It’s a familiar trap we’ve all fallen into, yet so easy to avoid. Be prepared! Make extra when you’re cooking dinner the night before, or choose a healthy option when you get your lunch. Eggs, salmon, avocado, quinoa, oats, Greek yoghurt and bananas are brilliant choices, as they help regulate the absorption and the effects of alcohol.

These simple self-care tips are nothing more than common sense, we just need reminding. You’ll enjoy December so much more if you take a balanced approach, and when Christmas Day finally arrives, you’ll feel ready for it.

Joanne Howe

Talking about something you love comes naturally. When I write, I rarely struggle to find the right words. I am a highly experienced creative and versatile copywriter, specialising in the health and wellbeing industry. Health and happiness go hand in hand. I love to work with brands who believe in self-care. If you love what you do, it’s hard not to be happy.

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