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8 Health tips for surviving the silly season

The silly season is well and truly upon us, Tis the season to be jolly! Time to unwind, eat, drink, laugh and spend time with those we love!

But how can we stay healthy and well whilst enjoying all the festive fun?

We have compiled some tips to help keep you on track this silly season.

8 Health tips for surviving the silly season

1.       Keep Moving

The holiday season is no excuse to stop exercising. You will actually find you have more energy the more you exercise – Make it social and invite some of your visiting relatives with you. Haven’t played backyard cricket since you were 10? Now is the time to get out the bat and ball and have some fun!

2.       Travel safely

Christmas is a time to be with loved ones and for many of us that means travelling to get to them. Be sure to plan ahead with travel and if you are heading overseas, be sure to check in with our medical practice before you check out. Our team of GPs offer comprehensive travel health advice, immunisations and follow up and are also accredited to administer yellow fever vaccinations

 3.       Slip, slop, slap

Most of us love the summer heat, but it is important to stay in the shade whenever possible. Try to limit your time in the direct sunshine between 10am and 4pm, when UV exposure is at its peak. If you are going to be outside, be sure to apply plenty of sunscreen 30 minutes before sun exposure. It is also a good idea to wear a hat and sunglasses whenever possible.

If you haven’t had a skin check lately, this is a friendly reminder to book in your appointment!

4.       Try not to overindulge

Don’t overeat – Just because there is more food in front of you then you’ve seen all year doesn’t mean you have to eat it all! Get a friend to be healthy with you! It is hard when everyone around you is eating and drinking a lot, find a family member or friend to support you along the way.

If you find that you have fallen off the healthy wagon – don’t let it be an excuse to keep making unhealthy choices.

 5.       Eat before you drink

If you are keen like most of us to have a few alcoholic beverages, make sure you eat something beforehand. As alcohol is absorbed from your stomach, it will go straight to your bloodstream. Slow down the effects on your system by eating something before you drink and having water between each glass.

 6.       Stay hydrated

It can be difficult to stay properly hydrated with the warm weather and increased alcohol consumption.  Keep an eye on your urine colour; if it's dark you probably need to up your fluid intake.  Some ideas:

  • freshly made fruit juices (apple, celery and ginger are refreshing in the summer)
  • coconut water
  • warm lemon and honey water
  • good old fashioned H20

 7.       Find time to relax

The weeks and months leading up to the silly season can be very stressful with pressure to meet deadlines at work and all the extra socialising.

It's important to take some time to decompress, have some time to yourself and unwind.

Some ideas to help you “chillax”:

  • get plenty of sleep
  • get a massage and/or acupuncture
  • attend a class or do some meditation
  • have a warm bath
  • take a day trip to a beach or national park
  • have a movie day with friends
  • start a journal
  • learn how to play a new instrument
  • cook a meal that you've been wanting to try and relax while doing it

 8.       Learn when to say ‘no’

Lots of us find ourselves inundated with invitations leading up to Christmas and in the week before New Year’s Eve, and it is very difficult to turn them down. After all, we tell ourselves, it only happens once a year. But over-doing it with the parties can turn a chance for some well-deserved R&R into a recovery period, so you end up back at work feeling like you need another holiday. The key is to learn how to say ‘no’ to invites — not to all of them, of course; just enough to allow you to have some real down-time.

Our friendly, caring and experienced Medical Practice team are open over the festive season and we wish you all a merry Christmas and a safe, happy and of course HEALTHY New Year!

 

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