As the daylight hours recede, the chocolate drawer grows and the pressure to arrange the perfect Christmas tree bubbles over, here are some Self Care tips from us at RFL&M to survive the build-up to the festive season.

1.    Step out into the fresh air.

With short days, of little sunshine (some with no sunshine, like today) it’s still important to take in fresh air every day. The benefits of breathing fresh air include; increased oxygen supply into your body, boosted energy and calmed nerves. So make it happen.

2.    Get moving.

This one doesn’t need explaining but it’s easy to see the day fly by without much movement beyond occasional kitchen breaks. Why not try walking your meetings or jumping off the bus one stop early? A short walk every day will do wonders for physical and mental health.

3.    Drink .. it is the season to be merry… but we say don’t forget the water

Your entire body needs to stay hydrated to be on top performance; especially if Christmas drinks and snacks are making their way into your system. You’ll also need to use the bathroom more which means more movement and more oxygen into your system.

4.    Bring one of your January plans forward

Self-care is also about nourishing and caring for the soul. Why not bring one of those new year resolutions forward to December? Start that yoga class now, or your plan to read one book a day. Resolutions can be all year round.

5.    5 a day: nutrition

I’m sorry but mince pies cannot count as one of your five a day and you probably can’t avoid the floating box of celebrations going around your office. Why not take care to include your five a day as part of your Christmas routine? Swap your toast for fruit, your sandwich for a salad and keep topped up on fruit and vegetable vitamins.


Stay warm, stay healthy, stay happy.