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Taking care of yourself leading up to silly season

 

 

There’s only 8 weeks until the end of 2023! And I am sure it will be busy for us all. During these busy and possibly challenging times, we need to ensure we are taking care of our physical and mental health and fully enjoy the festivities.

 

With all the parties, family gatherings, and end-of-year celebrations, it’s easy to get caught up in the excitement and forget about your own wellbeing. Here are some tips to help you stay healthy and avoid any unnecessary aches and pains during the silly season.

 

 

  1. Self-care can be made a priority by filling any spare time with things that are going to promote a happy and positive environment for you. Our top picks are:
  • Going for a walk out in the sunshine
  • Journaling
  • Practicing meditation
  • Enjoying sound baths
  • Reading a book
  • Moving your body in a restorative Pilates or yoga session.
  • Having a relaxing massage to release stress. Did you know we have wonderful Sunanta who is offering massages at MHBC – call to make an enquiry or book!
  1.  Stay active: With all the delicious food and drinks that come with the holiday season, it’s important to keep up with your exercise routine. Aim for at least 30 minutes of moderate-intensity exercise most days of the week.

 

  1. Be mindful of your posture: Whether you’re sitting at the dinner table or standing at a crowded party, pay attention to your posture. Avoid slouching, and try to engage your core muscles to maintain an upright position.

 

  1. Take breaks: If you’re hosting or attending a party, remember to take a few breaks. Standing or sitting for long periods can take a toll on your body. Get up, stretch, and give your muscles a chance to rest and recover.

 

  1. Stay hydrated: With the Australian summer in full swing, it’s important to stay hydrated, especially if you’ll be spending time outdoors. Drink plenty of water throughout the day to prevent dehydration and fatigue. If you’re consuming alcohol, make sure to alternate alcoholic beverages with water to help prevent overindulgence and reduce the risk of hangovers.

 

  1. Get enough sleep: With so many social commitments during the holiday season, it’s easy to lose track of sleep. However, getting enough rest is crucial for your overall health and wellbeing. Aim for 7-9 hours of quality sleep each night to feel refreshed and rejuvenated.

 

  1. Practice moderation: It’s okay to enjoy yourself during the silly season, but try to practice moderation when it comes to food and alcohol. Indulge in your favourite treats but keep portion sizes in check.

 

  1. Don’t forget about your mental health: The holiday season can be stressful for many, so it’s important to prioritize your mental well-being. Take time to relax, practice mindfulness, and reach out to loved ones for support if needed. If you’re feeling overwhelmed, consider seeking professional help from a therapist or counsellor.

 

  1. Take care of any existing injuries or conditions: If you have any chronic pain or injuries, make sure to address them before the holiday season kicks off. Schedule a consultation with a physiotherapist to develop a treatment plan and prevent any further complications.

 

 

By taking care of yourself leading up to the silly season, you’ll be better equipped to fully enjoy the festivities and make lasting memories. Don’t forget to seek help or professional advice if you need it.

 

Have a happy and healthy holiday season!

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