Updated: Jul 10
If your goal is to stay fit and healthy (and I’m not just talking physically but mentally too) then making some small changes can help in a big way.
1. Give Gifts With A Conscience
We all know the saying that ‘giving is the best way of receiving’ so this Christmas why not look for more unusual presents that will enhance someone else’s life too?
On the 6th November, I had a meeting with our local Sue Ryder hospice, Manorlands. This was instigated by one of our lovely clients who volunteers there and the day could not have been more auspicious as it was actually my sister’s birthday - she died in a Sue Ryder hospice.
The result is that from January 2020 we will be hosting a monthly Candlelit Yoga Session with every penny going directly to support Manorlands. So you can give the gift of wellbeing whilst also supporting a wonderful cause.
Friday 17th January / Friday 14th February (a different Valentines?) / 20th March
Time: 7 - 8.15pm. Suitable for all levels
2. Don't Eat Too Much
If you have a big lunch then perhaps have a very light meal in the evening. Never go back for seconds and don’t deny yourself anything - just have more of the healthier things available.
Oh and drink lots of water!
Try adding lemon and a few sprigs of mint or slices of orange and fresh ginger to a jug of water and let it infuse for an hour or two.
There are many people local to us who struggle to make ends meet. This year, why not try NOT to over cater (I know I’m guilty) and instead donate to a food bank such as
Aim for at least 15 minutes a day whether it is playing frisbee, doing some yoga or going for a short run.
OR why not pack a flask filled with mulled wine or mulled apple & cinnamon (non-alcoholic anyone?) and head out for a walk and catch up with a friend or someone you haven’t seen for a while.
4. Go Easy On The Booze (and the calories)
Find alcohol free alternatives such as Seedlip and Three Spirit. Have a competition to see who can invent the best non-alcoholic cocktail.
Research has shown that doing things for others positively affects our mental and physical wellbeing. We feel more connected to others and become less absorbed in the normal stresses of daily life. Volunteering can help to improve self-esteem, reduce depression and anxiety and increase our confidence.
Find a local cause whether it is in a helping in a shelter or a food bank; working in a charity shop or befriending an elderly person with no relatives locally and you really can change lives.
6. Stay Motivated
Sometimes it’s easier to cosy up by the fire and eat chocolates rather than get up and out!
Having a goal in mind is a great way to stay motivated through the long, cold months. It doesn’t have to be running a marathon – just something that feels like it would be a good challenge for you and excites you.
Maybe it’s being able to hold a 3-minute plank?
Why not sign up for Red January / MIND?
Above all, make sure you find time to relax and enjoy this festive period. Don’t feel pressurised to do things you don’t want to do. Make the most of your family and friends and start 2020 with your batteries recharged.