During a time of such relaxation and indulgence, our health can fall to the wayside. With so much to celebrate, so many people to catch up with and so much to organise, so much festive cheer and craziness can create the perfect storm.

“It can be easy to forget to take care of your health and mental wellbeing during the holidays,” says news presenter, passionate food writer, and busy mum Magdalena Roze. “Here are a few of the tricks I use to help me stay happy, healthy and able to fully enjoy the most wonderful time of the year.”

Prioritise your time
“We all feel the pressure of a filled-to-the-brim social calendar during the holiday season but always remember that it’s ok to prioritise your time. Make sure that social activities are enriching and energising for you – feel empowered to say no to events when you want to and make gatherings smaller, more intimate affairs (especially in the current times!) to make the most of your time with loved ones.”

Take a digital detox
“The Christmas period can be a great time to limit or switch off completely from social media and technology to create space for meaningful connections, creativity, and a reset. I took a whole month off all socials last year and while it was challenging at first, I ended up feeling so much more engaged, energised and present.”

Stay prepared
“With the silly season around the corner, remember to prioritize your mental and physical wellbeing to avoid burnout. Incorporating healthy habits into a daily routine can help ease stress and restore balance during chaotic yet glorious times. To keep cool, calm and collected on the go I like to carry around my Oil Garden Stress Relief Roll On in my bag. A blend of Sweet Orange, Mandarin, Lavender, Bergamot, & Cedarwood essential oils help me feel grounded and in control, I apply and take a deep breath to reset my thoughts.”

Think of the children
“It’s important to remember that children can feed off the high energy and stress of the holiday season. Nothing will help see them through the busyness like getting a good night’s sleep, and a lovely warm bath and giving them plenty of screen-free time to wind down is a great way to calm them before bed.”

Check in with yourself and others
“It’s been a challenging year for a lot of people and these holidays may bring many different feelings to the surface. Whether it’s not being able to connect with loved ones from interstate or financial hardship everyone has experienced disruption and discomfort in 2020. I’ve found it an important time to prioritise my own and others‘ mental health regularly, incorporating daily rituals that make me feel good and remind me to check in on how I, and those around me, are feeling.”




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