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Festive SeasonPreparing for the Festive Season - Lead in Health Advice

With the busy festive season upon us here are some ways to prepare for a healthy Christmas and holiday season. The holiday season can be a stressful and emotional time, but it can also be the best time of year. Below are some tips and advice on what to consider this summer.

Be aware of current health advice and guidelines, including travel restrictions

In this turbulent time, it is important to stay up to date with information. Changes are being made every day and although life is somewhat normal for most of us, it’s important to remember we could be locked down again in a matter of days if we as a community do not follow the health advice.
Remember, if you are feeling unwell to isolate and get tested. It will be easy to get caught up in the hustle and bustle of the festive season and to down play any symptoms. Additionally, always remember to carry a mask with you and to wear it when you feel you are in a situation where you cannot socially distance. We all know how busy the shopping malls get at Christmas time! A consideration for you may be to online shop, but ensure you get in early or your goodies may not arrive on time!

The borders of each state are continuing to open and close, which may alter some of the plans you have had for the festive season. Why not travel within your own state (if restrictions permit)? Airbnb’s are a good place to start – pick a town you have never visited before and see the local attractions, or simply relax. Most businesses in bushfire affected areas are still feeling the effects from last summer. Perhaps visit one of those towns and spend a little money in local businesses.

Stress

The year of 2020 has been stressful in more ways than one. It’s important to take some time off over Christmas to spend time with loved ones or even to relax on your own. Talk to your manager about taking leave and make sure you use the time to relax and unwind. 

Financial stress is another factor that may we weighing heavy on the minds of some. Christmas can be financially stressful even before you even consider the year that has passed. Some tips to combat this includes being honest with your family that you can’t afford to buy everyone presents. Some families are big gift giving families, but those that love you most will understand that it’s not viable to buy gifts for everyone. Another idea to ensure everyone gets a gift is to do a big family Kris Kringle. Everyone (including children) is given a family member to buy for with a spending cap. Each person receives one gift of the same monetary value. This is a great way to ensure everyone receives a gift and ensures Christmas doesn’t break the bank. It’s also a great way to get the kids involved!

Stay active and eat healthy

 Over the festive season it’s easy to be a lazy glutton, and who can blame us?! Indulging over Christmas is absolutely traditionally necessary, but remembering to snap out of the indulgence phase is vital to starting off the New Year right. Overeating can affect energy levels, mood and mental clarity and we don’t want that to happen! On Christmas day, maybe play some backyard cricket to get the legs moving. You can also get moving by going on a 30-minute walk! Something is always better than nothing. 

Important Information
If you feel unwell, or have any symptoms of COVID-19, stay isolated and get tested.

Most importantly, make sure you enjoy yourself and stay safe doing so. 


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