What do you think of when you think about Christmas? Here are some things that come to mind:

Mince pies, Yule logs, pigs in blankets, quality street, mulled wine, baileys, days spent watching festive films on the sofa, nights out with colleagues, friends and family, Christmas cocktails… It all sounds great, right? Whilst eating, drinking and lazing around is something that many of us look forward to at Christmas time, it can end up taking a toll on our Physical Wellness which can leave us feeling pretty rubbish overall.

Physical Wellness is one of our core elements of our 8Wise ™️ model as it’s a key factor of our overall wellbeing. So what does it entail? Physical Wellness is all about ensuring we’re eating a balanced diet, drinking enough water, exercising regularly, getting enough quality sleep, and looking after our hygiene. As you can probably guess, Christmas can cause us to throw a lot of these things out the window!

So, how can you make sure that you look after your Physical Wellness this festive period?

First of all, make sure you’re getting your fruit and veggies! It’s tempting to forego a healthy cooked dinner in favour of a Toblerone or box of roses at this time of year, but it’s guaranteed to make you feel rubbish! Whip up a meal full of greens, and get some wholegrains in there too like brown rice or pasta.

Whilst it’s the season to enjoy lots of cocktails, baileys and mulled wine, too much alcohol can have a negative effect on your Physical Health. Make sure you’re staying hydrated with lots of water as dehydration can lead to headaches, nausea and fatigue to name a few things.

Fancy a Christmas movie marathon on the sofa? We don’t blame you! Watch away, but don’t neglect your physical activity! Even a brisk winter walk will do wonders for your Physical Wellness and in turn overall wellbeing. Why not do some stretches every morning, or try following along to a yoga flow on Youtube?

And finally, Christmas nights out can mean that your sleep routine can suffer. It’s important to make sure you’re getting a quality 8 hours sleep a night so keep this in mind as you enter party season!

Looking for more ways to protect your wellbeing? Check out our book, journal and planner here.

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