My favourite time of the year is fast approaching – the tree (or trees in my house) are up and decorated, presents are starting to appear and Xmas tunes on the radio form the backdrop to my days. As I sit here in my basket watching the rest of the family rush about, constantly checking their lists of things to do, I wonder, how am I going to make sure they don’t burn out before the big day arrives?
So, here are my top tips for staying healthy and energised over the festive season:
- Good is good enough – There is no need to try and achieve the perfect Xmas, as we dogs know all that’s needed is love and laughter to have a great time, who cares if your cake has a soggy bottom, I’ll eat it anyway!
- Practise sensible drinking – I know, I am such a bore but do you really want to spend your hard earned holiday feeling as though someone is hammering on your head? By all means enjoy a tipple or two, just take it easy, you will thank me, I know it!
- Stay hydrated – following on from my last point make sure you drink 6-8 glasses of water a day. It’s hard to keep up your water intake when the weather is cold but you can avoid that dreaded headache by keeping a glass of water to hand.
- Walkies – December can be such a sedentary month so make some time to get out and grab some fresh air. Not only is it a great way to burn off some calories and make room for the next mince pie but also a time to clear your head and keep at bay the awful feeling of cabin fever. Your furry friends will be very appreciative too!
- Resist over indulgence – a difficult one for me as I love all food but try to remember the 80:20 principle. If I can be good for 80% of the time I can forgive myself a little indulgence now and then without feeling guilty.
- Be mindful – it is so easy to get caught up in all the frenetic activity at this time of year that it is sometimes easy to forget what Xmas is all about. For me it is about spending time with the people I love and focussing on the most important thing – each other!
So have a wonderful, peaceful and restful Christmas and I will see you again in 2015!
Now I wonder if I can eat those chocolate Xmas tree decorations without them noticing……