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The Good Life With Dr Libby

As the warmer weather approaches, many people are entering what is the busiest time of the year socially. For some, this means more alcohol, later nights and, let’s be honest, some not-so-great food choices. Here are some tips to help you survive the silly season. Be kind to yourself It is time to put less pressure on yourself in all aspects of your life. So often our own expectations or pressure can cause us to burn the candle at both ends. Don’t be afraid to say no to commitments when they’re the last thing you feel like. Only you can take care of your health and happiness and often learning to say no is the best place to start. Use the time you gained to do something you love – go for a walk, practice some yoga moves or simply curl up on the couch with a good book – you will feel so much better for it. Drink your greens With the increase in special occasions around Christmas time and the often not-so-nourishing food options, juicing vegies or making smoothies is a wonderful way to amp up your nutrition when you’re in charge. Incorporate some organic leafy greens for an extra boost and some nourishing whole food fats such as avocado, nuts or seeds and you have an easy but nourishing snack. Commit to a morning routine If your days are getting more and more jam-packed, starting your day with a restorative routine can make all the difference to help your mindset and allow you to start your day with a feeling of spaciousness. Go for a walk, sit with a cup of tea and watch the sunrise, or simply practice some long, slow belly breaths while you wait for the kettle to boil. It will make all the difference to your energy in what can be a hectic time. Re-evaluate the to-do-list How many of the items on it need to be done by you? How many can be done by a colleague, family member or friend? How many of them need to be done now? How many of them need to be done at all? Try to keep tasks in perspective and learn to prioritise. Put your legs up the wall A great way help you breathe diaphragmatically is to lay on your back with your legs up the wall. Lie in this position for 5 – 10 minutes and focus on your breath. Place a folded towel under your back or bottom for support if you like. Take 10 minutes to fully relax into this pose – it’s especially restorative with some soothing music. An attitude of gratitude So often in the whirlwind of the silly season we forget to stop and reflect on all that we already have. If you find yourself stressing about all of the people you have to buy for, or what you should wear to your Christmas party and so on – flip this around. Consider instead how privileged you are to have so many loved ones and that you have the opportunity to celebrate with them.

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