If it seems like the year has run away from you again and you are wondering why all the months came and went so quickly, then thinking about the wind down and how we can make the most of it could be just what is needed.
With the festive season and a well earned break around the corner, perhaps our approach should involve being a little kinder to ourselves prior to Christmas. Why wait until the New Year rolls around when we can be overloaded, worn out or guilty if we can set new goals or form new healthy habits?
As we look forward to socialising, partying, catching up with friends and family, and generally having a relaxing time over Christmas and the summer months, feeling energised, motivated, organised and “in charge” is vital for making the most of these occasions.
So think about being ready at the beginning. Your mind and body will thank you for the preparation.
Having some practical or useful information is often all that is needed to remind ourselves how easy it is to think ahead. So what can you do?
Book in for a few massages now. This way you will be mindful that you have them planned and are more likely to keep the appointments — a very beneficial way to make the body and mind relax and slow down for a while.
Book in now for some infrared sauna sessions. You can burn 600-800 calories in less than one hour, and every session will leave you feeling lighter, fresher and energised. Sweat your stress and toxins out of your body!
Book in now for some boot camp sessions or some time with a personal trainer. You don’t have to get ready to run a marathon, just get the body moving, the lymphatic system flowing nicely and that blood circulating. It might not be easy to begin with, but if you allow yourself the time, the benefits can outweigh the negatives.
Write yourself reminders. When you’re busy, it’s easy to forget that you are forming new habits. Set an alarm on your phone as a reminder of your daily commitment to yourself. It really can work wonders.
Start drinking more water today. You will then be in a great habit by Christmas. Flushing excesses from the body can work a treat. Start in the morning with 500ml of hot water (as hot as you can take it without scalding your mouth), with a small squeeze of lemon — a fantastic way to start the day and switch on your brain.

During the day, challenge yourself to drinking another 1½ to 2 litres, as this will continue to cleanse and energise your body and mind. Breathe. Deep breathing should be a part of our everyday life. It not only increases the years we get to live, but can make us happier, more productive and energetic while living them too. In our busy lives, we often breathe very shallowly most of the time, but with a little effort deep breathing can become an easy and unconscious part of our daily life. Concentrate on bringing your breath down deeper into your lungs, evenly and deeply. Picture your lungs expanding with air as you breathe in. By making a conscious decision to focus on the way we breathe each day, we can develop the habit to regularly breathe deeper without having to think about it at all. Doing this drives more oxygen into the body, which cleanses the blood, and in turn cleanses and benefits the rest of the body. Have an epsom salts bath — a great way to destress and relax. It contains magnesium sulphate, and quickly absorbs through the skin to promote the production of serotonin and reduce the effects of adrenaline (that wonderful hormone that keeps us operating all day). This habit will provide a great way to sleep really well! It also helps regulate blood sugar, improves blood circulation and arterial health, and is a natural body scrub and facial cleanser. Read about the benefits of alkaline diets. The more acidic your body is, the harder it will be to enjoy the season ahead successfully. A great read is The Alkaline Cure by Dr Stephan Domenig. This book is easy to read and follow. Alkalising your body is probably one of the best ways to bring about a feeling of energy, vitality and stamina — all the positive factors needed for a successful festive season and beyond.
Who would have thought that the humble watermelon is one of the best alkalising foods available? This diet produces an incredibly quick response, so starting in the weeks before Christmas will pay off enormously. Our body, mind and spirit can work so well together, so positive affirmations are also important. If you are in a positive frame of mind then you are more likely to succeed at anything, but you will be particularly successful at enjoying the wonderful festive season ahead of us, and maybe in a way that you have never experienced before. ☐