When it comes to the Christmas holidays, Italy is divided in two. There are those who celebrate Christmas Eve and Christmas and those who only celebrate the 25th. A question of traditions and free time available from work. Having said that, whether it’s for one or two days, the whole country is cooking pasta, appetizers, desserts, meat, fish and, to give the body a treat, some vegetables.
Every year we tell ourselves to “take it slow”, not to overdo it and then we are promptly there unbuttoning a button, cursing the past version of ourselves. So let’s try to give some useful advice to be able to survive the Christmas binges, and maybe even Boxing Day and New Year’s Eve, while we’re at it.
Let’s take inspiration from what was written by New York Post, which recently revealed a very interesting study. It concerns the American world, obviously, but basically you can find almost the entire world in this description.
We talk about “Christmas Fatigue”, or that tiredness due to the entire Christmas holiday period. The mind is not at its best, given the stress of gifts, preparing food and the many meetings to organize, including those with friends, relatives and colleagues. Then there is room for company dinners and, finally, the consumption of food and alcohol in extreme quantities. 82% of Americans suffer from it and in Italy it is difficult to believe that the numbers are so different.
The National Council of the Order of Psychologists in fact, he believes that Christmas stresses one Italian out of three. The mental burden is really heavy, especially because while the world celebrates in company, there are those who find a sense of loneliness and melancholy during the holidays. Sometimes the “burnout” has reached such levels that he voluntarily decided to isolate himself a little, and then partially regretted it. In short, there are many situations, but here it is some tips for surviving the Christmas binges and all that these entail.
- Facing Christmas lunches and dinners with the enthusiasm of a Viking warrior on the hunt for raids is for lovers of the Christmas holidays. Let’s leave it to the children. Adults should have accumulated the right experience to moderate themselves. It is good eat everything, but in adequate portions. Announcing to the world that you can eat every last crumb is not something to boast about, especially if you end up “passing out” on the couch;
- We recommend remain hydrate, perhaps not thanks to wine alone. In this way we will avoid confusing thirst with hunger;
- Moderate your alcohol consumption, which doesn’t mean don’t drink if you feel like it, but don’t turn the holidays into an excuse to let loose. The table is not the ideal place to start an American college style party. Drinking a little helps to be more calm and friendly, of course. Overdoing it will erase memories and may ruin the experience for others;
- Slowing down is helpful to stay in the moment, enjoy lunch or dinner, and have conversation. Food isn’t all that matters and there is certainly plenty for everyone. If we start thinking about the next course while eating the previous one, we have a red light to worry about. Better to calm your head and stomach by eating calmly;
- Do physical activity during the holidays it seems like a sacrilege to many, but it isn’t at all. These are days off but to live them peacefully, a bit of movement (not necessarily sport or gym) would be good. Maybe even a little outdoor activity with your kids or grandkids. Everything is worth it;
- Extra tip: taking time for yourself, in this restless phase of the year. A time to rest and mentally plan your return to work or school. Doing it gradually helps the mind which, by procrastinating, will find itself under unspeakable stress at the last second.