Our Guide to Surviving Christmas

It’s officially silly season and although it’s a magical time of year, being surrounded by family and friends, gifts and good food, it’s important to make sure you stay sane over this period. 

Here are some of our top tips to surviving this time of year and staying sane:

Carve out time for yourself

It’s important to remember that Christmas is only a day in the end and will likely never be perfect. It’s important to remember to take time for yourself to relieve any stress from not only the year that has just passed, but also the pressure of meeting any high expectations of Christmas day. By practicing some mindfulness you can feel recharged and centred emotionally, ready to tackle not only the craziness of the season but also to refocus before you dive into the new year.

Some things you can do are as simple as:

  • Going on a walk by yourself
  • Cooking alone
  • Reading a book
  • Write a letter to yourself reflection on the year and what you wish to achieve next year
  • Meditate for even 5 minutes. 

Focus on giving 

Focus on giving to others with your time, giving a helping hand and just good old fashion kindness without the motivation of what you will get in return. It can be easy to get swept up in giving to receive, but it’s important to give without expectations and do it for the right reasons. Ask yourself would you be happy to gift something without getting anything in return. 

Allow yourself to receive 

Give yourself permission to accept kindness, gifts and enjoy time off without guilt. Open up to letting yourself to embrace the season spirit and get in touch with your inner child, it is silly season after all. 


At the end of the day it is important to remember to not get caught up in trying to make everything perfect, and instead prioritize your wellness this silly season. So if that means not stressing about calories or the perfect gift then give yourself permission to relax.


From your Strand Fitness Team

author: Marketing Strand