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Making Wellness a Priority: 6 Tips for the Festive Season

Dec 4, 2023

The holiday season is just around the corner! After a challenging year, taking the time to create cherished memories with family and friends has become more crucial than ever. However, as much as we value these special moments, let’s acknowledge that the holiday season can also bring about challenges for our physical and emotional well-being.

Let’s be real – the holidays, for all their joy, can be seriously stressful. Juggling gift shopping and wrapping, meeting everyone’s expectations, staying on top of work commitments, managing the chaos of family and kids, and planning events and meals can quickly become overwhelming.

If you’re already feeling the pressure of the holidays, know that you’re not alone. The good news? You don’t have to let the holiday stress take its toll! Here are some practical strategies to boost your resilience and safeguard both your physical and mental well-being throughout this festive season.

1. Eating consciously

No matter which holidays you’re eagerly awaiting this year, there’s a common theme we can all count on: the food. Festive seasons around the globe are synonymous with an array of mouth-watering sweet and savoury dishes, and the temptation to go all-in can be pretty strong.

Now, savouring your family’s culinary creations is totally cool, but finding that sweet spot of enjoying without overdoing it is key. Nobody wants to feel like they’ve overindulged, right?

To keep things in check, steer clear of the buffet table hangout. It’s a sure fire way to end up munching unconsciously. Also, try not to snack while you’re cooking up a storm. If the nibbles are calling your name, keep a stash of healthy snacks nearby to satisfy those cravings without going overboard.

a platter of food

2. Alcohol consumption

Even if you’re not typically one to indulge, the holiday season tends to present ample chances to partake in some alcoholic beverages. From office parties to family gatherings and get-togethers with friends, it seems like every event comes with its own serving of spirits.

Having a drink or two to join in the festivities? Totally fine. But going overboard can hit your immune system hard. To keep things in check, make sure to hydrate – gulp down some water before, during, and after your alcohol adventures. It’s a simple trick that can help ward off the not-so-jolly effects of excessive drinking. Cheers responsibly!

two glasses of wine with christmas baubles

3. Get Adequate Sleep

Amidst the holiday chaos, the temptation to sacrifice regular sleep for some extra planning time can be pretty strong. But hey, resist that urge as best you can!

Our bodies need a solid seven to eight hours of shut-eye each night to keep ticking smoothly. If you want to tackle the rollercoaster of holiday highs and lows with stamina and patience, making sure you catch those Zs is non-negotiable. So, give yourself the gift of a good night’s sleep – you’ll thank yourself later!

tiles that read get good sleep

4. Connect with those you love

Let’s be real, this year has been a rollercoaster. Making the effort to reach out and connect with those who matter most has never been more crucial.

Believe it or not, a quick phone call or a Zoom catch-up can carry a ton of meaning for your loved ones, especially if the usual holiday get-togethers are off the table. Make it a point to set aside some time for those personal connections. Trust me; it’s the little things that can make a big difference.

group of friends

5. Remember to set aside alone time for your well-being

While the holiday season typically nudges us toward a whirlwind of social events, work commitments, and the usual chores, it doesn’t mean you have to spread yourself thin across all these fronts.

Give yourself a break during the holidays. Whether that involves delegating a chore or two to your partner or opting out of the occasional social gathering, go for it! Carving out time for your mental well-being – be it through a leisurely bath, catching up on your favourite TV show, or a speedy manicure – can work wonders when you’re thrown back into the chaotic holiday planning routine. It’s all about finding that sweet spot of festive cheer and personal care.

cup of coffee and an iphone

6. Stick to a budget

As soon as December rolls around, the urge to go all-in on the holiday shopping spree can be pretty strong. The pressure to shower your loved ones with everything they could wish for is real. But hey, resist that pressure. Financial stress tends to rear its head during this time, and that can bring along some not-so-pleasant side effects.

Here’s a tip: set a budget before the holiday season kicks into high gear, and then stick to it like glue. It might not feel like it at the time, but a modest stack of thoughtful gifts will likely mean more to your family and friends than a towering pile of “stuff.” Quality over quantity, right?

budget sheets



Ultimately, the holiday season doesn’t have to be a source of stress or exhaustion. Just establish a few intentions and centre your attention on your well-being and joy.

Richard Kellow

Richard Kellow

Richard is a certified clinical hypnotherapist and Virtual Gastric Band Practitioner based in Rotorua in the gorgeous Bay of Plenty. With his personal experience and training from the UK, US, and New Zealand, Richard is a living testament to the power of hypnosis.

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