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Looking for some tips to keep your staff (and yourself) in great physical and mental shape over the festive period? Look no further! Below is our very own version of the 12 Days Of Christmas, designed to keep you feeling your best over the holidays – enjoy!
A Partridge in a pear tree
Mmmm pears! Try to cram in some healthy fruit and veg over the Christmas Season. For delicious recipe ideas visit: www.heartuk.org.uk/tasty-recipes/explore-our-recipes
2 Turtle doves
Turtle doves are a symbol of peace, but Christmas can sometimes feel anything but peaceful. Make sure you prioritise time to wind down and for top tips on how to manage stress visit: www.mind.org.uk
3 French hens
Turkey, sausages, figgy pudding, all contain saturated fat. Let’s face it, the diet will take a hit in the next few weeks. Try to cut down on saturated fat where you can. Can you reduce the amount of cooking oil you use, or limit yourself to one piggy in a blanket? Visit: www.bhf.org.uk/informationsupport/support/healthy-living/healthy-eating
4 Calling birds
Loneliness affects people of all ages. Just as we crave food or water, we can crave the company of people around us; so Christmas and New Year can be particularly hard. If you’d like to speak to someone call Mind on 0300 123 3393 or visit www.mind.org.uk/information-support/tips-for-everyday-living/loneliness/#.XAVrc2j7RPY
5 Golden rings
Avoid dark circles under your eyes by prioritising your beauty sleep. Caffeine and alcohol can alter the quality of your sleep, so try to limit your intake where you can. Visit: https://sleepcouncil.org.uk/seven-steps-to-a-better-nights-sleep
6 Geese are laying
Cholesterol is a fatty substance that is vital for the normal functioning of our bodies. A small amount can be found in a few foods like eggs, liver, and prawns. Whilst some cholesterol is essential, high levels can lead to problems such as deposits on the artery walls. For more information visit: www.heartuk.org.uk
7 Swans are swimming
There are lots of ways to stay active in winter! If you don’t like the idea of a winter swim, why not go for a festive stroll, break out the Twister, or set yourself a challenge to climb the stairs every hour. Visit: www.nhs.uk/live-well/exercise/safe-winter-exercise
8 Maids are milking
Calcium isn’t the only thing good for bone health. Vitamin D helps to regulate the amount of calcium and phosphate in the body. These nutrients are needed to keep bones, teeth and muscles healthy. During the autumn and winter, you need to get vitamin D from your diet because the sun isn’t strong enough for the body to make vitamin D. But since it’s difficult for people to get enough from food alone, the Department of Health recommends that adults should consider taking a daily supplement containing 10mcg of vitamin D during the autumn and winter. For more information visit: www.nhs.uk/conditions/vitamins-and-minerals/vitamin-d/
9 Ladies dancing
Make time for fun! Some activities are good for the soul, so don your dancing shoes, grab the mic and have the time of your life. If you’re feeling brave, why not sign up for dance lessons? The NHS have some great suggestions on how to get started, including Bollywood dancing, Wheel Chair Dancing and tap! Visit: www.nhs.uk/live-well/exercise/dance-for-fitness/
Singing can be used to tackle stress and also increases lung health. For a list of groups visit: www.blf.org.uk/support-for-you/singing-for-lung-health/join-a-group
10 Lords are leaping
Leap into the New Year, by choosing your resolutions well. Try to set some small goals that are easily achievable, creating that buzz from your success. For tips on creating SMART targets visit: www.projectsmart.co.uk/smart-goals.php
11 Pipers piping
As soon as you start smoking you’re more likely to suffer from a variety illnesses. If you’re looking to quit, try to avoid situations where you’re going to be tempted. If you’re planning to quit, visit https://www.nhs.uk/live-well/quit-smoking/nhs-stop-smoking-services-help-you-quit/ for services and support.
12 Drummers drumming
Many of us enjoy a drink, but if you’re looking to avoid a banging head the morning after, visit https://alcoholchange.org.uk/ As well as information and tips on how to reduce your intake, Alcohol Change run Dry January. Why not join in by saying no to booze for one month?
Wishing your a Merry Christmas, and a happy, healthy New Year from everyone at New Leaf Health!