Yes, the festive nights of Christmas celebrations have arrived once again. While Christmas is something most people to look forward to, what about the toll on our minds and bodies (not to mention our wallets) from the excesses. For as long as we’ve celebrated Christmas and the New Year, many of us have overindulged in food and alcohol. It can take quite a lot of self-control to make sure you don’t overindulge, but even your best intentions or plans can go wrong.
We haven’t written about overcoming the challenges of Christmas excess since 2010, so we thought a well timed update might be in order, with Christmas fast approaching. As Alice Walton in “The 12 Health Risks Of Christmas” an article in Forbes writes:
If you’re not a big fan of the holidays, don’t worry – you’re not alone. This time of year can spark all kinds of unexpected reactions and behaviours in even the most well-adjusted among us. There’s the loneliness, the anxiety, the guilt, the overindulgence (which can also lead to more guilt), and, of course, the bitterness. And to top it all off there’s the looming New Year, which is always disturbing since it hits us with the pressure of developing good habits right after we’ve fully exercised our bad ones.
What can we do about the common holiday pitfalls, emotional, mental and physical, which many of us encounter in some shape or form over the festive season or at any other time of year? How can we at least manage the tolls more effectively when they come our way? How do we deal with all those indulgences, the sumptuous foods and drink, the increased weather demands and the emotional or mental stresses and strains?