Managing Christmas Pressures
Manage your expectations of Christmas by focussing on the here and now, not Christmas past or Christmas 'should be's'. The most important thing is for you to relax and have fun. Cap spending to realistic figures and focus on adding value by being fun to be around instead of how much you spent on presents. When plans or timings go awry focus on solutions or alternatives, burnt Christmas turkey is a small issue (unless you own a restaurant and have paying guests), back up plans are great to have and can keep you relaxed.
Don’t try and do everything
If you are responsible for cooking on Christmas Day, delegate to visiting people to get them to bring different parts of the meal – ask for help and forewarn delegated people (including children) so they know what you expect of them on the day. Make sure you have time out to have fun and relax, as it is your Christmas day too.
Eat and drink in moderation
Drink moderate amounts of alcohol and try to alternate soft drinks or water with alcoholic ones. Fatty foods are great for lining the stomach before drinking alcohol, walnuts and avocado's are particularly useful as well as cooked fatty foods.
A brisk walk, dancing or swimming will help you feel good during and after Christmas. Particularly if you are the same weight after Christmas than you were before.
Sleeping is the time when our bodies recover from rich foods and alcohol. Make sure you get quality sleep – even if it is just a few hours. Post Turkey is a great time for a nap as it is a natural source of Tryptohpan - nature's sleep inducer.
Think about inviting others over who are in a similar situation as you. Accept invitations to other festive events. Check out www.meetup.com to see if there are any events on over Christmas for people to meet up and have fun.