Keeping calm and having fun during the festive season can be challenging, but let us help you make this Christmas a positive time, full of love, laughter and excitement for what lies ahead.
We’ve put together our VERY own Healthy Mum 12 Days of Christmas to ensure you have a great festive season this year.
The Healthy Mum’s 12 days of Christmas
1. On the first day of Christmas, I gave myself… a budget-friendly shopping spree
Don’t shop till you drop! Stick to a budget to avoid debt and buyer’s remorse – most of us have much, much more than we actually need!
Finances are one of the biggest triggers when it comes to seasonal stress, so don’t make things more difficult by overextending yourself.
Set a realistic budget for gifts, food and social events and DO NOT allow yourself to go over it.
2. On the second day of Christmas I gave myself… two weeks of festive positivity
Make sure you manage your expectations of what’s possible this Christmas, whether it’s food preparation, home decoration or perfect interaction with your family.
Try to allow yourself to live in the moment and enjoy who you are with and what is happening, rather than dwelling on stress or negativity from the past.
3. On the third day of Christmas I gave myself … a stress-free holiday
Trying to shop for last-minute gifts and deal with crowds can be very stressful. It’s best to get your shopping done early and if you don’t enjoy the experience, shop online instead.
The same advice applies to entertaining – don’t offer to host Christmas dinner if it means worrying about it weeks in advance. Try to relax when you can.
4. On the fourth day of Christmas I gave myself … four hours of peace
If you can see that you are getting overwhelmed, ask someone for help.
Whether it’s cooking, shopping or just taking some time for a chat with a friend to recalibrate.
5. On the fifth day of Christmas I gave myself… five Christmas treats because moderation is key!
The Christmas season is so full of temptations and we would never advocate denying ourselves anything, which is why we say moderation is key! We’re all guilty of more than one serving of dessert at one point or another, just don’t overdo it. Enjoy the festive food but try not to overeat and feel regretful and uncomfortable.
Here are a few low calorie festive treats you can make.
6. On the sixth day of Christmas, I gave myself… a six-ingredient mocktail
December, as fun as it is, also comes with festive parties, usually accompanied by alcohol. Again, we want to emphasize that everything can be enjoyed in moderation, even when it comes to alcohol, and even better, you won’t have a hangover afterwards.
You can also opt for healthier options such as a wine spritzer or a lower calorie cocktail or mocktail.
7. On the seventh day of Christmas, I gave my family… seven hours of dedicated family time
Continue or create a Christmas tradition with your family and friends during the holiday season.
Taking advantage of your loved ones being on holiday makes it possible to spend time together with backyard cricket, totem tennis, walking and swimming at the beach or pool and it’s just as good for everyone!
Try a full day – even seven hours – without your phone and just spend time with your loved ones.
8. On the eighth day of Christmas, I gave myself … an exercise routine
Try to make time for exercise.
We understand that with December can often come chaos as party invitations creep into your inbox more often, try to maintain your exercise, eating and rest routine before December to ensure you feel your best.
9. On the ninth day of Christmas, I gave myself … a comfortable Christmas outfit
When considering an outfit for Christmas Day, it’s always good to know the dress code of where you’re going and find a comfortable and flattering outfit that you can wear all day – as it’s usually a long day!
Most families have traditions about what they wear to Christmas Day, and in Australia it’s usually smart casual with a bit of festive flare.
Remember to be comfortable. Be yourself and don’t spend a lot of money, especially if it’s a Christmas specific dress as you only get to wear it once!!
10. On the tenth day of Christmas I gave my time to my friends and family
Use technology to be the one to reach out to those friends and family that you may not have seen in a while or who may not be with you to celebrate this Christmas.
11. On the eleventh day of Christmas, I made 11 snack goals for the New Year
With a new year looming, set some goals to improve your health and happiness with exercise, healthy eating, a family vacation or project.
Set realistic goals, start small and if you lose track, just start again when you’re ready. Remember, ‘Rome wasn’t built in a day’ and it will be worth taking the time to adopt new healthy lifestyle habits.
12. On the twelfth day of Christmas I let myself have FUN for the next 12 days of Christmas
December is a time for family and special memories so remember not to be too strict or hard on yourself if you slip up from time to time.
Be aware of how emotional and sentimental we all feel around this time of year and allow yourself to relax and enjoy!
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