There’s so much to be done in December, Christmas cards to send out. A house to decorate, meals to plan!

It’s a wonder anything gets done. So much to juggle all at once! That’s one of the biggest reasons we have the December blues once Christmas is over, we abandon our health and we get far too out of control of our lives. Get back some of that control. Get prepared and stay healthy!

Get prepared and stay healthy!

Eat healthily

That’s a given. This time of year it’s a burden to eat healthily – I know.

The best way to eat healthily at this time of year is to take advantage of the discounted vegetables and fill your freezer with them. Enjoy them during the winter weeks and freeze what you can’t eat. Find new ways of incorporating vegetables into your weekly menu. I try to spend my weekly shop looking for 1 indulgent thing to have during the week. 1 cake or 1 bar of chocolate and then spend the rest of the week eating healthily, looking forward to the 1 treat.

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Indoor hobbies

You may, or may not, have packed in your running shoes this winter. That’s completely understandable, there are a tonne of issues that come with running during the winter months but what do you have that’s supplementing your activity? Gym sessions, Home workouts (how to make a home-gym); yoga,

Gym sessions, whether that be hopping on a treadmill, lifting some weight, joining a class or going for a dip in the pool. Home workouts; yoga, hiit, dvd’s & dance! There are tonnes of exercises to be had indoors, it’s just choosing one that’s right for you.

Lack of exercise or routine can lead to depression and health issues. Keep active!

If you want tips on running in winter I have a list!How to prepare for running in winter autumn and spring

Sleeping well

Proper sleep (eight hours for an adult) can help keep the body’s immune system healthy and fight off colds. Avoid alcohol, caffeine and cigarettes as these substances can affect the quality of your sleep, keep your room at a regulated temperature, between 15-20 during the evenings.

Regular, moderate exercise, relaxation techniques and establishing a regular sleep routine may help to promote improved sleep. Learn more about the effects of poor sleep.

Wear fluffy socks every day

Haha ok, this one isn’t really healthy but it’ does have some good benefits to it. Listen – There is nothing better than getting in from work, putting your feet up and wearing the fluffiest socks you can find. I have a huge collection of fluffy socks for my achy feet and they’re the best part of my day. Relaxing with a cup of tea and a show to watch!

There are so many health benefits to having warm feet, including increased blood circulation and less tension being on the feet from cold or uncomfortable surfaces.

A good skin care routine

We all want good skin, but whether or not we actually have good skin seems to be a power entirely on it’s own. Especially at this time of year, the cold and dry air really dry’s out or skin, it makes it devoid of natural oils and we can end up with; dry flaky and broken skin. Not something we want to show off in our Christmas snaps this year.

Eating well means nourishing your skin so make sure you’re eating the right foods for good skin!If you constantly think 'there's not enough time in the day' or you're worried about an upcoming meeting or event. Take five minutes. That's all you need!

Have a spa day

Whether that means going to a luxury spa or having some time to yourself, clearing your skin. A healthy body means an overall healthy life, eating well, moving around and being positive but sometimes we all need a bit of TLC! What ever that means for you, It could mean reading a good book but I personally recommend a lazy evening with a good dvd. Switch off your social media.

A home spa; Buy a pack of facial kits, toners, cleansers, foot spas and body creams. Sit back in a bathrobe and just soak your Christmas worries away. Nothing says relaxing like a glass of wine and a dvd of mama mia.

Treat yourself

I mean, anything that makes you happy. I left this until last. Each different thing I have mentioned is to do with health, everything I want for everyone is to do with health. That’ being said, if you’re living a healthy and positive life, be happy doing it. Treat yourself when you feel low, be a happy and healthy person, especially at this time of year. There is no cost to being happy, it’s the cost of not being happy that changes how you feel.

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