Although the festive period can be an exciting and joyful time of year, it can also be hectic, anxiety-inducing and lonely for some.
For twelve days during the festive season I’m offering my tips for coping at this time of year, from Lowering expectations to Nourishing your body.
I hope that my tips may bring comfort and reassurance to others. After all, we must take care of our mental health year-round.
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We all know alcohol can affect our physical & mental health. But many of us dramatically increase our intake this time of year. Consider alternatives, I like sparkling water with fruits, herbs, spices or berries.
Alcohol depletes the bit of our brain responsible for making us feel jolly, so it comes as no surprise that we don’t feel our best the day after a few too many glasses.
If you do drink, limit your consumption to two or three glasses, with breaks to give your liver a chance to recover. Choose red over white, as this has some health-giving properties. And when you choose not to drink alcohol, steer away from sugary options or diet sodas. Sweeteners have been linked to low mood in some studies.