Love it or hate it, Christmas is nearly upon us, and as it can be quite a challenge, both physically and emotionally, here are a few things to consider to help you survive the experience:
Get Organised: Countless people are already asking me if I am ready for Christmas and even though I am sure that they haven’t bought their veg or peeled their spuds yet either, getting ahead of the game certainly does take the stress out of the situation.
If like me you are not keen on facing the shops then buying on-line is a great relief, in just one lunch break you could have it all sewn up. Don’t ignore it, plan ahead and make life easier for yourself.
Split your Tasks: my least favourite Christmas ‘chore’ is writing all those cards. If you just keep on going eventually you are scribbling on autopilot and in danger of writer’s cramp, a serious pain in the neck and forgetting your own name.
It is best to take on small batches at a time and also consider whether you really need to send so many? Could you text or DM your younger recipients?
So, ask yourself if you really do need to contact those you haven’t heard from in years?
Consider your Posture: do you sit on the floor to wrap your presents then need to be hauled up unceremoniously?
Do you struggle to lift that turkey out of the oven?
Do you slump and slouch on the sofa for the holidays, only to find your joints have seized up?
Sitting at a table to wrap presents is by far the best option and stretch breaks are highly recommended, unless you go the recycled gift bag route.
Also, I really would recommend, getting help with that turkey for the sake of your back, plus braving the elements for a walk every once in a while just to; stretch your legs, aid your digestion and improve your step count is really worth the effort.
Eat Mindfully-ish: the average person eats an incredible 6000 calories on Christmas Day. Now I’m not here to curb your fun, but if you just have a bit less of everything and pay attention to those textures and flavours, you will probably enjoy it all far more, and have less of a battle to get back into your jeans come January.
But if all that fails, we are here as normal until the 22nd of December, then Lionel will be available on Thursday the 28th and Friday the 29th, plus we are all back in from Wednesday the 3rd of January 2024.
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