The holiday season, while a time for joy and relaxation, can often bring unexpected challenges to our wellbeing. Here are our essential tips for staying healthy and happy during the festive season. 

Nurturing Physical Health 

Balanced Nutrition:  

Holiday feasts are tempting, but balancing indulgence with nutritious choices is key. Follow our “3 Q’s” – Quality, Quantity and Quarter 

A ven diagram showing three overlapping circle. The first circle reads 'Quality Fibrous vegetables, good fats and lean protein'. The second circle reads ' Quantity Palm of protein, fist of veggies, handful of carbs and thumb of fat'. The third circle reads 'Quarter Drink 0.25L for every 10kg of body weight'.

Don’t forget about portion control too! Use our simple guide – palm of protein, fist of carbohydrates, handful of vegetables and thumb of fats. Protein is crucial when it comes to healthy weight management as it helps us feel fuller for longer.  

Staying Active:  

Maintaining physical activity during the holidays is crucial but often difficult amongst the holiday events. Schedule your exercise in the morning, before any social events. If you are away, use a fitness App to help you stay accountable. Don’t underestimate the benefits of a backyard game of cricket or soccer too – these are also great ways to keep moving and encourage social connection.  

Prioritising Mental Wellbeing 

Stress Management:  

The holiday rush can be overwhelming. Techniques like mindfulness and meditation, can be effective in managing stress. Even a few minutes of daily meditation can make a significant impact.  

Quality Rest:  

Ensuring adequate sleep is vital. The National Sleep Foundation suggests maintaining a regular sleep schedule even during holidays to avoid sleep deprivation, which can affect mood and overall health. Set an alarm at least 30 minutes before your bedtime to start your nightly ‘wind-down routine’. A hot shower and reading a book are great ways to relax the body and mind before bed. Limit alcohol and caffeine before bed to ensure a quality nights rest.  

Fostering Social Connections 

Meaningful Interactions:  

Holidays are a time for connection. Engaging in meaningful conversations and activities with loved ones can enhance emotional wellbeing.  

Setting Boundaries:  

It’s okay to say no. Be mindful of over committing to social events to avoid burnout. Remember, it’s about quality not quantity.  

Embracing Recovery 

Self-care Practices:  

Holidays are an ideal time for self-care. Whether it’s reading a book, taking a long bath, or practicing yoga, find activities that help you unwind and recharge. Use our Recovery Points guide to plan your recovery throughout the week. Aim to achieve 100 points. 

Take Time Off Work: 

If you haven’t already, book your leave! It may be tempting to log on over the break, however taking breaks is vital for our productivity and mental wellbeing. If you are working over the holiday period, remember to take breaks throughout your day and get outdoors. 

Ready to implement a wellbeing program with tangible benefits for everyone involved?