After 18 months of being locked up here in Melbourne - I wouldn't be surprised if your social calendar is jam packed trying to fit in the lost social events of 2021. As much as I am sure you want to be a social butterfly this Christmas, here is a friendly reminder to not fall flat on your face this Christmas.
Now what do I mean by this?
For most of Melbourne what we have known for the past 12 months as ‘covid fatigue’ still looms. Whilst technically we are out of lockdown, there still lies repercussions from being locked up for 8 months of the year. So combining the covid fatigue with a jam packed social calendar potentially could lead to you falling flat on your face, more kindly known as burnout!
No one wants to or likes to feel burnt out, so here are my tips to help you get through this festive season:
- Make sleep a priority.
Aim for a minimum of 8 hours sleep a night. Try to stick to a regular sleep routine to help get quality sleep. Some things to consider are - no TV or devices 1 hour before, avoid coffee after 2pm, plus a hot shower before bed will help you to relax.
- Make you a priority.
This means doing what you need for you daily, first thing in the morning. Meditation, prayer, journaling, music, dancing, exercise. Aim to make the first 15 min of every day for you. Fill your cup first.
- Be ok with saying No… Boundaries.
Be ok with saying no to the endless social calendar. Listen to your body, if your body is screaming out for rest, honour it.
- Fuel your body with wholesome and nourishing food.
Christmas can often be a time of increased alcohol and increase in sugar and fatty foods which can impact our health, our immune system and our moods. Fuel your body with nourishing food and stay hydrated.
- Move your body daily.
Our body is designed to move, choose however you like to move (yep a night on the dancefloor works) and move your body daily.
So go and enjoy the festive season, have fun, laugh, dance and spend time with your loved ones, just remember to check in with you daily!