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5 Ways We Can All Overdo It at Christmas

Sunday, December 15, 2019



The festive period is sold to us as consumers as a time to eat, drink and be merry, spend lots and generally let your hair down. And as nice as this can be, it can also cause problems. Here are a few ways many of us can overdo things.

Food

Christmas is all about the delicious food, and now is the time of year you can put your diet aside for a bit and tuck into some tasty treats. However, it’s important to remember that you can still enjoy yourself without going completely overboard, you don’t have to binge and fill yourself with as much food as humanly possible. Of course, have that cheeseboard and a slice of cake after dinner. Enjoy some Christmas chocolates and tuck into a turkey roast on the big day with all the trimmings. But don’t feel as though you need to be eating from the minute you wake up to the minute you go to sleep! You can still enjoy some healthy breakfasts, lunches and dinners over the Christmas period and then have some treats too.

Alcohol

Even if you’re not a big drinker normally, chances are when Christmas comes around you’ll enjoy a few tipples. Just be careful here, be aware of your limits. If you don’t normally drink much, you might underestimate how easy it is to get far too drunk, which could mean you’re at risk and at the very least will feel rotten the next day. For anyone that’s ever been through a residential addiction treatment center and overcome alcoholism, Christmas can be a difficult time. It can be worth speaking to family and friends and letting them know that your home is an alcohol free zone if this makes things easier for you.

Lack of sleep

When you don’t have work to go to in the mornings, it’s tempting to stay up late and sleep late which can mess up your sleep cycle. Along with parties and other late nights, you might find you’re a little sleep deprived or that your routine is a little all over the place over the festive period. Do your best to stay in a reasonably normal routine, try not to go to bed or wake up more than two hours later than usual. When you come to go back to work, it will be much easier to transition back into it.

Debt

The festive period is expensive, but don't run yourself up lots of debt trying to make things perfect. Find ways to cut costs, take the focus away from presents and make it about time spent with family instead, or start earlier in the year so you can spread the cost.

Mental wellbeing

Christmas might be the happiest time of year for many, but it’s not true for everyone. There are lots of reasons why Christmas might be a tough time, and your mental health can take a hit. Take care of yourself as best you can, speak to a friend or your doctor if you need to and participate in festivities as much or as little as you see fit.



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