Thriving Through The Festive Period

Don’t stop exercising

With Christmas concert, Christmas shopping and office parties, it’s easy to get out of the habit of regular training. If you know you won’t have time to train in the evening, get up and get it done in the morning. Struggle to wake up in time? Take training clothes with you to the office. Commit to exercising for a minimum of 15 minutes each day. But, ideally commit to sticking to a training schedule, even if it is altered from your regular plan to accommodate festive activities.

Don’t forget your pre-workout to get the most from your training, especially when energy levels start to wade as the month goes on.

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Get enough sleep

Not getting enough sleep can negatively affect our appetite and response to food (1), make us more likely to get a cough or cold (2) and generally leave us with lower energy levels. So while there are going to be some late nights, try to get into a good night time routine when you can, and aim for 7-9 hours sleep per night.

We’ve written all about the benefits magnesium can have on sleep quality, take a look at our Magnesium Relax, which contains minerals and antioxidants to help aid relaxation.

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– Contains minerals and antioxidants to help aid relaxation (1)

– Help reduce the feeling of tiredness and fatigue (2)

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Look after your wellbeing and mental health

Christmas can be a difficult time for many reasons. It can be lonely for some.It can be a time where we compare what we have to others. It can be stressful dealing with all of the things that need organising. With all this and more, Christmas can have a negative impact on our wellbeing and mental health.

So it is important to take time for yourself. Share the burden with others. Equally, make sure that you are there for your loved ones in case they are starting to feel the strain. Simply asking, “are you ok?”, can make a huge difference.

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Don’t neglect your fruit and veg

Christmas usually means boxes of biscuits and tubs of chocolates floating around the office. Before you know it, your entire diet has taken a downward turn and you’re making unhealthy decisions more often than not. While there are plenty of ways to keep on top of things, sticking to some of the basics can go along way. Aiming to maintain your 5 a day can help you make better decisions when it comes to snacking, cooking, or eating out. Try making sure to prepare tasty salads for lunch at work. Get a hearty stew in the slow cooker to keep you going for a couple of days. Load them up with vegetables to help keep you full and topped up on the vitamins and minerals you need.

Struggling to get your 5 a day? Try one one of our green vegetable powders

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– Source of Vitamin B12 to maintain energy levels (2)

– Source of Iron which supports mental function (3) 

Keep colds at bay

One of the last things we want is to have to get through the festive period with a runny nose, cough, or more severe cold symptoms. Although there has never been a definitive explanation as to why we might be more at risk during the colder months, there are some evidence-based recommendations as to how we can reduce either the number of colds we encounter or how long they last. 

  1. Wash your hands. Use disinfectant wipes on telephone and computer keyboards to prevent the transfer of viruses.
  2. Avoid close contact with sick people. And stay home if you have a cough and fever. Cover coughs and sneezes with tissues or the crook of your arm.
  3. Get plenty of sleep. Sleep-deprived volunteers in one study mustered half the immune response to a flu shot compared with those getting normal sleep.
  4. Eating well, exercising regularly, and reducing stress may also bolster immunity.
  5. If you smoke, quit. Smokers are vulnerable to the flu and its complications.

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Preempt and treat hangovers

Finally, it is the season to be jolly. So it would be not be a complete list without considering hangovers. We don’t know the exact reason why people have hangovers after drinking too much alcohol. A number of mechanisms have been suggested but there is still some debate. This is one of the reasons why it is so difficult to completely treat hangovers. The best we can do is limit our alcohol consumption and/or treat the symptoms of a hangover. Surprisingly enough, there have been a couple of research studies that have looked at different interventions to reduce hangover symptoms. One of the ones that had some benefit on hangover was daily consumption of dandelion extract (3) (one of the ingredients in our Liver and Kidney Cleanse Powder).

You also need to make sure you stay hydrated – both on the night out and the day after.

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References

1 – McNeil, J., Forest, G., Hintze, L. J., Brunet, J. F., Finlayson, G., Blundell, J. E., & Doucet, É. (2017). The effects of partial sleep restriction and altered sleep timing on appetite and food reward. Appetite, 109, 48-56.

2 – Wentz LM, Ward MD, Potter C, et al. Increased risk of upper respiratory infection in military recruits who report sleeping less than 6 h per night. Mil Med. 2018;183(11–12):e699–704.

3 – Jayawardena, R., Thejani, T., Ranasinghe, P., Fernando, D., & Verster, J. C. (2017). Interventions for treatment and/or prevention of alcohol hangover: Systematic review. Human Psychopharmacology: Clinical and Experimental, 32(5), e2600.


 

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