Take the time to enjoy not just survive the Holiday Season!

Whether you’re a Grinch or a merrymaker, Christmas truly is about time with friends and family or if you’re lucky, a holiday from work.  However, with many a social engagement, drink or three, running around after the kids, increased road and shopping mall congestion, Christmas can be stressful.

So it’s important we remember safety first and that enjoying the holiday season is far more appealing than just surviving it.

So here are our top 5 tips for staying safe and enjoying your time over Christmas!

  • Set a Christmas budget & avoid too many commitments

Blowing your budget over Christmas and New Year period can certainly bring out the Grinch in all of us. So try setting a realistic budget to take the stress out of it, knowing you have it all covered. And remember, commitments like parties and get togethers can also blow out the budget, so check your calendar, reconsider any invitations and maintain control over your schedule. Just like your money, you also have limits on your precious time.

  • Awareness of how much you have had to drink

The holiday season sees a spike in work functions, family get togethers and late night parties but it is possible to avoid ye’ole hangover. How? Eat before you drink, try and stick to a 4 drink maximum, consider drinking low alcoholic beverages and stay hydrated by having a glass of water or two between each beverage.

  • Avoid shopping or driving at peak times where possible

If you need to brave a Westfield, drive to visit family or are taking a road trip, try to avoid peak times. Its estimated that the busiest days to shop are between the 15th-17th December and the best time to travel on our Aussie roads is in the early morning or just after the morning rush.

  • Get organised early and make a to-do-list

Organise your December and January early to reflect the Christmas and holiday season you want by making a list and checking it twice. A master list of things you need and want to do by certain dates takes the stress out of remembering it all. It also means that you can plan your days better to avoid things like blowing your budget, making too many commitments and driving or shopping at peak times.

  • Spend time with people and not social media 

Remember what Christmas time is really about. It’s not about the insta likes, flashy presents or the best bottle of champagne, it’s about time with friends and family. Try putting down the phone, turning off any smart devices and instead play a board game, sing a carol or two and reconnect with your loved ones.

So be thankful and joyous, don’t get bogged down in expectation but rather slow down and think about what you really want from this Christmas.

However, if over the holiday period you get some pain, come in to see us at Health Place and we will be able to get you back to being pain free. For further questions or appointments feel free to call us  at (07) 3852 2434, email us at info@healthplace.com.au, or 

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The team at Health Place hopes you have a safe and Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year!