Christmas season is here again, and if you’re as excited as many others are, you can’t wait to start the merry-making. There is so much to do during the festive season, from parties and various yummies to drinks, shopping, and endless activities. But while you have fun, you don’t want to forget about your health. There’s loads to drink (most unhealthy drinks) and a lot to eat (mostly cakes, pastries, and fried foods). You may also expose yourself to loud music, stay up late at night, or deal with hangovers. There is also the issue of stress from decorations, shopping, and planning various events. All these will do your body more harm than good and make it difficult to recover in time for the year ahead. So, while you have a good time, here are some self-care tips you shouldn’t ignore this holiday.
1. Protect your hearing
Depending on where you live, the coast may be clear enough to go partying, or you can choose to bring the party home. You might even prefer staying at home plugging in your earphones and soaking your music or enjoying videos on your device. No matter what your option is, you might expose yourself to a lot of loud music or audio.
Protecting your hearing health is crucial during this period. The best way to do this is by keeping your sound volume at healthy levels. According to experts, sounds at or below 70 dBA are generally safe. But any sound above 85 dBA can damage your hearing over time. If you’re unsure how to determine what falls above 85 dBA, avoid playing your music at the highest volumes or staying too long in noisy environments. And speaking of heating health, you might also want to ensure that you invest in modern hearing aid technology to help improve your hearing.
2. Get as much sleep as you can
Suppose there is the best period to get all the sleep you want when you have no school or work during the holidays. If your holiday plans do not come with getting enough sleep, then you’re doing a lot wrong. Chances are you’re already tired from schoolwork or working throughout the year without enough rest. And not resting enough can put your body at risk of breaking down and not recovering well enough before the new year shows up. So, while it’s fun to party, go on vacations, meet up with friends, and participate in various holiday activities, do your best to get enough sleep.
3. Do things in moderation
The Christmas season is the time of the year where overindulgence comes easily, no matter how disciplined you might have been during the year. Your sleep patterns can get messed up, the cakes and pastries will look too tempting, the drinks will come in plenty, and before you know it, you’re already overindulging.
To reduce the temptation to overindulge in holiday treats, you can set up a few guidelines to help you limit how much you consume. Completely avoiding those tasting treats might not be the best option. Instead, you can create a few personal guidelines that will help you satisfy your urges without consuming too much.
4. Manage your expectations
Yes, the holiday period is supposed to be the period of selflessness, but you need to know your limits and manage your expectations. You might want to make everyone feel happy around you or buy every loved one a holiday gift, but you don’t need to put too much burden on yourself. You don’t have to say yes to everything or be there for everyone, and you don’t have to create a perfect holiday experience. The most important thing is that your mind is at ease, you get all the rest you need, relax, and take good care of your health.
5. Treat yourself
You can expect to relax your rules a little during the holidays and treat yourself. For example, if you’ve been on a special diet all year, perhaps you might want to treat your taste buds to a little ice cream or a couple of doughnuts. However, as mentioned previously, you need to do that in moderation.
But treating yourself shouldn’t always be about food, should it? It could also mean taking things easy, enjoying the hobbies you love, spending quality time with your friends and family, giving your body the needed break from work, shopping for some of the things you love, and pretty much finding healthy ways to put a smile on your face.