Surviving Christmas Shopping!

Writing your list, checking it twice, finding out who was nasty or nice? If you are hitting the shops for some Christmas shopping this week, then check out my festive survival guide….

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  • Sometimes in the run up to Christmas, our energy levels will flag, our immune systems will be a little off kilter and we need a wee boost. At this time of the year, I like to take a couple of seasonal tonics to keep me in tip-top health, so I will be stocking up on Pukka’s Vitalise powder to mix into my water bottle and some Elderberry extract for a tasty way to support my immune system.
  • Remember to keep well hydrated. If you are about to face the shops with a list as long as your arm, you will need to keep your energy levels up. Popping in and out of over-heated shops can leave the best of us feeling hot and bothered, so carry a small bottle of water with you to make sure you are well hydrated and help flagging energy levels.
  • If you tend to get grumpy with crashing sugar levels half way down your shopping list, pick up an apple or pear and a small bag of nuts and seeds to snack on to help sustain energy and maintain your mood on a more even keel.
  • If you are treating yourself to breakfast lunch in town, making the right choice can mean a much more pleasant shopping experience. Cramming in croissants, munching on mince pies and scoffing sweets will give your blood sugar levels an instant hit, but for more sustained energy, opt for eggs on wholegrain toast or an omelette for breakfast and pick up a super salad or a big bowl of bean or lentil soup packed with protein to help keep you sustained for longer.
  • When you have reached the end of your shopping list, schedule in some time to look after yourself. Sit down with a cup of rejuvenating Tulsi herbal tea for ten minutes, run a bath at the end of a busy week or just curl up with a good book for half an hour. Sometimes it is the little things that we do for ourselves that can help us survive this hectic season.
  • Take time to enjoy the best of the festive season and remember that the true spirit of Christmas is about spending time with the people you care about, rather than spending money on them.