Christmas is coming, and the goose is getting fat, as the old saying goes. By which I mean that we are all getting more full-figured than usual, because of the incredible array of festive food that we’re surrounded with and the distinct lack of inclination to do anything resembling physical activity this time of year, unless the activity is ‘walking to the fridge, selecting which type of cheese you want to eat, and walking back to the couch’. Not only is it a physically sluggish time of year, but it’s also financially difficult, with all the gifts that we tend to buy. Here are some ways to shape up this December in the three ‘F’ aspects of your life, to make it the best Christmas of your life.
Staying fit and healthy over the festive period is not an easy task. There’s so much incredible food around that it’s easy to spend most of your time just eating, and when your family and friends are over, it’s difficult to make yourself go to the gym – and it’s also pretty antisocial! But it’s important to do your best to stay in shape, or you might not start off 2017 feeling too fantastic.
Although it’s difficult, do your best to stop snacking between meals. Try to meal plan, so you know what you’re going to eat and when. This will help you to save some money along with making sure that you don’t eat too much. Make sure that you drink plenty of water – this is good for you, and it’ll fill you up! You should also try to make your own food.
No one wants to go to the gym over Christmas, but try some gentle yoga routines to help you digest your Christmas dinner. You could also suggest going for a family walk on Christmas afternoon. Although some people may want to nap, other will relish a little exercise in the cold air!
A lot of us tend to splash a lot of money in December, as we panic-buy a huge amount of last minute gifts for our nearest and dearest. This can make our credit card bills in January a bit of a shock, to put it mildly. Make sure that you make a list of what exactly you need to buy, so you don’t end up panic shopping too much and ending up with a bunch of gifts that you won’t end up using.
If you’re lucky enough to get any money for Christmas, try to make sure that you don’t waste it. If you have any outstanding debts, put the money towards them. Although it may not feel like much fun, having financial security is the best thing for you in the long term. If you don’t have any debts, put half the money in a high interest savings account, and plan how to spend the rest.
If you have to take out any loans this time of year to cover Christmas, don’t be ashamed. Use the experience to inform your future. Although going for poor credit personal loans can help you out of a tight spot, if it isn’t what you want to be doing, then plan your future to ensure that you don’t need to do it again. Next year, maybe you could have a more frugal Christmas.
When all your family gets together, it’s definitely time for some fireworks! Dissenting opinions, particularly on politics and religion, can drive even the most close knit families apart. Make sure that you don’t talk about any topics that are too weighty over Christmas dinner. Instead, ask them what they’ve been doing all year, their favourite music, movies and TV shows, and share the things you’re proudest of with them. If things get difficult and awkward, talk about happy family memories, so you can all try to create some more.
If you and your partner are finding it a rough time of year because you don’t get as much time to spend together as usual, first of all, remember that it won’t be for too long! Other than that, make sure that you set some time aside for him. It’s easy to think that you can leave your relationship and not think about it for a while and it’ll be fine at the end, but that isn’t always the case. Make sure that you spend time together – set aside an evening to do so.
If your kids often fight when they spend too much time together, make sure you have plenty of distractions on hand with games and Christmas movies.