Here we are again on the freeway to the holiday season… We’re not even in the thick of it and it is already stressing us. You know the story: Why did I say ‘yes’ to hosting Christmas this year? What will I cook? Frank’s coming – he has Coeliac disease. And then there’s Jacquie she’s vegan. Will Sarah be there? And will she bring that partner of hers that doesn’t seem to talk to anyone? How do I do this and see my partner’s family too? What will I buy my partner who has everything? What will I get the kids? Will I get everything done?
Challenging right? With good practical planning and communication and solid nutrition it doesn’t have to be so. Here are some helpful tips to help you through the next month or so:
- Ensure that your nutrition during this busy time is on target – good nutrition will keep you energised;
- Write a weekly food plan so that you can shop once for the week and know that you have everything you need in the fridge. The added bonuses here are that you don’t need to think about what to cook everyday…and everyone else in the house knows what’s on the menu. So who knows? They might pitch in and get the ball rolling before dinner;
- Make sure you stay hydrated – hot weather, stress and dehydration can leave you feeling exhausted and suffering headaches;
- Make a list of everything you have to do – this means it’s less likely that you will forget something. Plus it feels great when you strike something off the list that you have completed;
- Plan your days so that you aren’t traipsing all over town – plan your shopping geographically;
- Shop with friends or share the shopping with friends. You might be surprised how often you buy the same things … so discuss your shopping plans and you might be able to cut down on shopping trips;
- Make use of gift wrapping services in stores and shopping centres (there’s often a small fee that usually goes to support a charity);
- Delegate what you can – even ask guests to ‘bring a plate’;
- Take time out to de-stress and have a massage;
- Catch up with your therapist if you have one and have a ‘pre-brief’;
- Set boundaries around what behaviour is ok and what behaviour is not;
- Negotiate early about how to manage different family visits;
- Know that it’s ok to say no;
- Prioritise ‘you’ time, exercise and rest time (and perhaps even a New Year break at the Golden Door!)
A little planning goes a long way towards letting you enjoy the holidays as much as your guests.
Article by Nutritionist Mel Overall. A very popular presenter at Golden Door, Mel is a fully qualified Nutritionist and a Lecturer in Nutritional Medicine at the Australasian College of Natural Therapies. She is passionate about helping people to obtain optimal health and well-being through education and diet and lifestyle coaching with minimal supplementation. Mel aims to educate and empower people and to support them on their journey to their best possible health outcomes.