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How To Manage Stress This Holiday Season

by Rhys Martin on Friday 11 December 2020

In Australia, summer holidays are often spent outdoors with family and friends. Whether it’s Christmas lunch, an Australia Day BBQ or time at the beach, many of us look forward to the holiday season and everything that comes with it. However, all this socialising – which may come with overindulging – can be exhausting, stressful even. 

This summer, make sure you balance socialising with quality down time to avoid holiday stress. Find out how below.

Plan ahead to avoid overdoing it 

Plan? On holidays? Psh! While planning out your holidays might not seem fun, it can help you avoid overdoing it, and cope with the inevitable holiday wear and tear that comes with too much of a good thing. This includes many people’s fitness frenemy, alcohol.

Most working Australians get four weeks off a year. And like a bull out of a gate, we race around trying to fill every moment of those four weeks to make up for time missed with friends and family.

Planning out your time doesn’t have to involve a multi-coloured Excel spreadsheet (although it can, if you’re into that sort of thing). A simple solution will suffice. So whether you use the calendar on your phone, the calendar on the back of your bathroom door, or a pen and paper – jot down your scheduled catchups. If it’s a bit social-heavy, make sure to balance it out with some down time. This could include things like:

Try to balance more indulgent meals with some healthy eating 

Catching up with family and friends over the holidays means enjoying home-cooked meals and dinners out that simply make us feel good. And it’s what many of us look forward to the most about this time of year. However, overeating and putting on a few quick ‘Christmas kilos’ can leave you feeling a bit yuck. 

So rather than punishing yourself for eating the things you really want to, such as the Christmas feast and endless chocolates, make sure you balance it out with some lighter fare too. You can do this by:

Exercise your holiday over-indulgence demons 

Just because your regular work routine has stopped, doesn’t mean your regular workout one has to as well. It’s well-documented that exercise releases feel-good hormones, which can help you unwind and feel happier. So make sure there’s time for exercise in the holidays. Virgin Active has many clubs right around Australia, as well as easy-to-access online classes – so being away from your regular gym is no excuse. 

Find your nearest Virgin Active club, explore classes, or join up now to access a range of online workouts.

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