It’s a hectic time of year. Last ditch present-buying, tight work deadlines and plenty of parties and gatherings to keep-up with.

Even when Christmas is over and the leftover turkey has been polished-off, the New Year is just around the corner for more celebrations.

That’s why it’s so easy to run-out of gas and adopt bad habits.

Now we’re not party poopers over here at Rest Assured. Far from it. Everyone deserves to let loose round the Christmas period. But there are ways you can let your hair down, while also keeping healthy and getting the much-needed rest you need.

After all, you don’t want to burn-out before Big Ben’s clock chimes, do you?

So here are 6 tips to help you keep your energy-levels up during the festive season. Keep calm and party on…

Strike the right balance

Mince pies, cakes, pastries…it seems that there’s a never-ending stream of sugary temptations around us during Christmas encouraging to over-indulge.

And there’s nothing wrong with treating yourself every once in a while.

But it can get a little too-tempting to eat sugary things for the sake of it. A good way of combatting the craving is to have healthy snacks nearby.

Eating fruit, nuts and vegetables will help stave-off the urges. It also means when Christmas Day comes you can really go for it. After all, you’ve earned it…

Embrace the power nap

You’re going to have a few late nights over the next few weeks. Whether it’s the work’s party, present wrapping/buying or putting in a late-night shift, you’re going to need to recover when and where you can.

Short power-naps of 20-30 minutes can make a big difference. If you’re struggling to get in 6-8 hours sleep, try and grab some much-needed alone time for a quick nap – it may just give you the extra boost you need.

Got milk?

Your immune system is under siege during winter and you’re far more likely to get a cold.

The NHS advise bolstering your immune system by consuming milk and dairy products which are rich sources of protein, Vitamin A, Vitamin B12 and calcium.

You can find out more about eating healthy during the winter period and keeping your immune system in tip top condition here.

Drink. Lots

The extra tipple here and there is one of Winter’s inevitabilities. Especially with so many parties and gatherings to attend. That’s why it’s even more important to keep properly hydrated.

Make sure, throughout the day, you’re regularly sipping-away at water so you’re ready to replenish anything lost when the night comes and the alcohol flows. You can even alternate between alcoholic drinks and glasses of water to stave off hangovers. Or at least you can try…

Getting chilly? Nose problem...

Rhinovirus is the leading cause of the common cold and tends to strike in lower temperatures.

To keep the Rhino at bay, wear a scarf over your nose to keep your sinuses warm and less-at-risk. You could even go the full-hog and don a dapper balaclava, though it may not be the best-look to go for this season…

The NHS also recommend washing your hands regularly and avoiding contact with your eyes and mouth to help prevent the virus spreading.

As ever, if you’re suffering from an illness, it’s always best to contact your local GP for the best advice.

Give yourself the gift of time

We conducted a survey of 2000 UK adults which revealed that Brits only get 40 minutes of time to themselves each day.

Some of the main reasons for this included prioritising careers and indulging in technology, with a whopping 42% of people surveyed admitting tech is the reason why they’re never able to fully switch off.

It’s so important to have some time to yourself to relax and unwind from the stresses of the day. Particularly during this hectic festive period where it’s constantly ‘GO, GO, GO’.

Try and allocate yourself some ‘me time’ each day. That could be used to read a book, perform a short ‘digital detox’ where you put your phone in the drawers, or to run a nice, soothing bath.

Visit here to find out more about our Rest Survey and the top 20 activities people chose to unwind and distress.

Sources

https://www.theguardian.com/lifeandstyle/2018/nov/26/seven-ways-to-stay-healthy-during-party-season

https://www.nhs.uk/live-well/healthy-body/five-ways-to-stay-healthy-this-winter/#try-new-activities-for-the-whole-family

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