How to Flourish During the Festive Season

The Christmas table is set with vintage finds from our new  Gift Boutique

The Christmas table is set with vintage finds from our new Gift Boutique

Set Yourself Up for Success

  1. We often spend far too much time running around trying to impress or please others by spending money on gifts – often money we do not have! We burn out and then by Christmas Day we feel exhausted and find ourselves looking forward to it all being over and done with. Perhaps we should spend less time shopping so we have more time to spend with our loved ones – having fun, playing games, talking and sharing. Try Secret Santa with the family, something you can all get involved in! Less is more. Jasmin Harsono, Reiki Master

  2. Follow the 80/20 rule and aim to eat healthily most of the time. If you are going to be eating out a lot in the run-up to Christmas then make sure you eat a balanced and healthy breakfast and lunch. Dr Heather McKee, Habit Coach

  3. If you can, order most of your gifts online to avoid the extra stress in the shops. Alexandra, Head of Wellbeing

  4. If you are heading out for Christmas shopping, take some healthy snacks with you. Research has shown that if you are hungry, you are more likely to choose unhealthy, high-calorie foods and snacks. Dr Heather McKee, Habit Coach

  5. Try acupuncture – it has long been recognised for its benefits to mental wellbeing and it helps to reduce stress quickly and effectively. In Chinese medicine, stress causes your Qi (Chi) to stagnate and acupuncture can help to release stress by regulating the Qi flow in the body. Alexandra, Head of Wellbeing

How to Eat Well Over the Festive Period

  1. Choose a tall slim glass rather than a wide glass – research shows that you’ll drink 12% less wine from a taller glass and even top bartenders pour 20 to 30% more into short glasses than into tall ones. Dr Heather McKee, Habit Coach

  2. Don't be afraid to say no. It's ok to turn down more drinks or food if you are full. Phoebus Tian, Master of Oriental Medicine and Acupuncture.

  3. Out of sight is out of mind, so turn your back on temptation. Sit away from the buffet table and keep snacks off counters and desks. Dr Heather McKee, Habit Coach

  4. If you are planning to include spirits in your celebrations, I recommend choosing gin & tonic with cranberries and rosemary. Rosemary is said to improve concentration and digestion and cranberries taste delicious as well as adding a touch of vitamin C. Alexandra, Head of Wellbeing

  5. Think carefully about your portion size, especially if you are prone to digestive health issues. Phoebus Tian, Master of Oriental Medicine and Acupuncture

  6. If you are faced with a buffet, look at all the options before filling your plate. Research shows that you are more likely to make healthy choices and less likely to overeat if you review the options first. Dr Heather McKee, Habit Coach

How to Look After Your Wellbeing Over the Holidays

  1. I would like to encourage everyone to get outside for a 30-minute walk at least once a day. We often hibernate indoors for a prolonged period of time over Christmas so it’s important to get outside and let the fresh air awaken your senses and digestion. Alexandra, Head of Wellbeing

  2. In moments of busyness, take time to connect to your breath. You may not always find a quiet spot to do this, but even if you are walking from the tube to the grocery store you can consciously take some deep slow breaths – inhaling (‘I am calm’), exhaling (‘I feel great’) and using positive affirmations that resonate with you to support you through the exercise. Jasmin Harsono, Reiki Master

  3. Remember to stay hydrated. It’s really easy to forget to drink water with so many other delicious things around. But everything will function better if you stay hydrated – aim for 2 litres a day. Also, if you would drink plenty of water your body will not be able to take in as much food, which your guts will thank you for later! Alexandra, Head of Wellbeing

  4. Staying hydrated also helps to reduce sugar cravings as research has shown that we can misinterpret thirst as hunger. Have a glass or two of water first thing in the morning and remain hydrated throughout the day and you’ll be less likely to give in to temptation. Dr Heather McKee, Habit Coach

  5. We give so much of ourselves all year round but especially at this time of year. We need to fill our own cup before helping others. Book yourself in for an indulgent massage, facial session or Reiki 1:1. Alternatively, ask someone to buy you a Gift Card and book in a treatment for the New Year. Jasmin Harsono, Reiki Master

How to Set Yourself Up for Success on Christmas Day

  1. Share the responsibility of preparing, cooking and washing up the Christmas meal by getting everyone involved. I know we can be stubborn and want things our own way, but just being open to sharing and creating memories together is so magical. You can then all relax and enjoy the day as a team instead of one person doing it all! Jasmin Harsono, Reiki Master

  2. Pre-plate the food – research has shown that you’ll eat 19% less than you would during a buffet-style meal. Dr Heather McKee, Habit Coach

  3. Remember it’s OK to compromise – for me this is the secret to finding harmony on a celebratory day. Phoebus Tian, Master of Oriental Medicine and Acupuncture

  4. Be mindful of how much time you spend watching television – don’t swap TV for physical activity and try to avoid the mindless eating that often goes hand-in-hand with watching television. Heather McKee, Habit Coach

  5. Forgiveness is so good for the soul. If there is any resentment that you are hanging on to, Christmas is a perfect time of year to let it go. Embrace the season change, step inwards and explore what you need to shed light on. A great tip is to journal and channel all your feelings and emotions with the intention of letting go of it all. Jasmin Harsono, Reiki Master

  6. Instead of an all-or-nothing mentality, try to follow the rule of equilibrium so that each time you make an unhealthy choice you follow it with a healthy choice. So if you’ve spent the day bingeing on box sets, try to get active the next day, or if you’ve had a big unhealthy lunch, try to follow it with a light healthy supper. Heather McKee, Habit Coach