Ah, Christmas, the season of joy, excitement and family fun. At least, that’s the popular imagery of the festive season. In reality, Christmas is a complex and contradictory period of postponed stress. Why so? Because all the indulgences and excess of the celebration come back to haunt you as soon as the party is over. If, like many, you’ve made Christmas a beautiful display of presents for your relatives, mouth-watering extravaganza of snacks and puddings, and vibrant and shiny presentation of decorations, now’s the time to pay the full price of your gratifying pleasure. In short, Christmas sent the bill, and you have to pay.
Every year, millions of Britons struggle to get their household back to full financial, physical, and emotional health at the beginning of the new year. Naturally, we’re all quick to note that with the dark and long nights and the cold, it’s impossible not to feel a little under the weather – emotionally as well as in any other area of your life. However, let’s not be to too eager to blame it all on the seasonal affective disorder. Managing the post-Christmas period can make a great deal of difference to your household.
Did you know that Brits put on 0.8kg over the Christmas break?
Christmas puddings. Mince pies – with gorgeous brandy sauce for extra yum. Boxes of chocolates – who can resist a bite of their Cadbury childhood’s favourite? Oven-baked potatoes with deliciously melting butter on top. Some delightful Lebkuchen from your local German market. In one word, Christmas is a universe of yumminess where overeating is the primary rule. Most people let loose over the festive season, and that’s probably why at the beginning of January our clothes can feel as if they’ve shrunken – how rude of them! Aside from gain weight, your body goes through a humongous amount of unhealthy food during the Christmas season. If you want to help your immune system fight off the winter cold and flu that are coming, you need to snap out of the Christmas binge and bring more vitamins into your diet. Adding fruits and vegetables to each meal is a tiny change that can go a long way. After all, you don’t want to pay your Christmas indulgence by catching all the viruses of 2019.
Being too generous doesn’t always pay off
If you’re a parent, you know that you want to see the joy and excitement in the eyes of your children as they wake up to open a mountain of presents. Christmas is a special moment where families tend to spend a lot of money. Therefore, for most households, recouping the cost of Christmas can take over 3 months. This can dramatically affect your ability to cover emergency repairs and invoices that might occur during the first half of the year. With a third of Britons overspending, your finances are put on a strain. Now might be the right time to consider applying for a loan with a guarantor while you put your finances in order. It’s especially a good idea for those who need to tackle additional payments at the beginning of the year.
Sugar called, it’s time to part ways
What’s Christmas without decadent biscuits, sweet chocolate Santas, and creative cakes bursting with flavours? If there’s a time to indulge with your loved ones, the festive season should be it. However, your sweet tooth puts a lot of pressure on your body and mind. Indeed, high consumption of sugar can lead to sugar addiction. Those sweet cravings might be a sign that your brain is getting addicted to sugar! Admittedly, while the dependency is not comparable to hard substance issues, it can affect your relationship to pleasurable food. Indeed, if you tend to grab a sweet bite as a pick-me-up after a long day, or when you’re watching TV, you need to understand the underlying cause – lack of energy, boredom, etc. – to tackle the problem.
Goodbye Christmas tree, hello brand new decor (even for tenants)
The house can feel dull once you’ve removed the bright and colourful Christmas decorations. Nobody likes to start the year surrounded by cream-coloured walls and neutral-looking furniture. Ultimately, when you remove all the joyful elements in your interior, you expose yourself to the dangers of seasonal affective disorder. But how do you turn your home into a vibrant environment when you’re a tenant? Rule number 1, you can ask your landlord if you can paint your walls. Sometimes, a signature lampshade or piece of furniture can transform the room. Curtains and rugs can hide all the things you can’t change.
In conclusion, do make sure, when you pack your Christmas decorations away, to set aside a list of what needs to happen for your household to get back to full health. From financial knock-downs to weak immune systems, the post-Christmas period is crucial!