VicHealth has compiled a list of top tips to help people maintain their health and wellbeing goals during the New Year holiday season.
The foundation’s chief executive officer Dr Sandro Demaio said the festive period was the “perfect time” to reflect upon entering 2020.
“Although the holiday season can be a busy time, it’s important to try and slow down as much as possible.
“Taking the time to make small changes over the break can make a big difference when it comes to forming new habits for yourself in the new year.
“It’s important to look after your mental wellbeing over the holiday season and if you can check in on people who may be going through a hard time.
“If you’re struggling, reach out to your loved ones for support, or speak to your health professional – they’re there to help.”
VicHealth’s top tips include:
Add some colour to your plate
We all like to treat ourselves during the festive season, but you can still enjoy your favourite festive foods with a generous serving of veggies, salads and fruit. Aim to fill at least half your plate with veggies and salads.
Swap the cocktail for a mocktail
Try starting the party with some fresh and fruity mocktails, and if you choose to drink an alcohol product stick to no more than four standard drinks in a session (a standard drink is roughly a pot of full-strength beer). Some mocktail recipes are available via vichealth.vic.gov.au.
Avoid the spin
Unhealthy products like chocolates, soft drinks and alcohol are often heavily discounted at this time of year, making it easier to buy and consume more than you need. Before buying, have a think about whether you really want it or if you’re just buying it because it’s on special.
Get some decent sleep
Sleep is so important for physical and mental health and most people don’t get enough of it. Getting into a regular bedtime routine is a great step towards a better night’s sleep. And while you’re at it, switch off your devices for an hour before bedtime for a more restful sleep.
Not everyone is lucky enough to have support over the holiday period. If you know someone who is doing it tough, reach out to them.