It's the festive season, time to unwind, eat all the good food, drink mulled wine and generally unwind and relax. I don't know about you but I tend to burn the candle at both ends during December. More meals out, more egg nog and Baileys than my body wants and less moving and fresh air than normal. I'm not saying don't indulge, hell, enjoy the festive season, eat, drink and be as merry as you can but make sue you take time for yourself and your body and make sure you don't neglect self care and remember it's ok to say no if you're feeling frazzled and can't face another mince pie before Christmas Day! Here are my top 5 tips for staying healthy over the festive period

1) Don't neglect sleep

Create a bed time routine and don't let it slide. It's easy to stay up into the wee hours watching Christmas films and eating chocolate but ultimately you're body and mind will suffer. my bedtime routine includes a lavender scented candle, my favourite book and no electronic devices. I make sure I go to bed at the same time every night that I can. Your body heals and repairs itself at night so cutting that process short for prolonged periods of time isn't good! Sure have a good time but make sure you don't over do it.

2) Keep up the water intake

It's cold outside and all the hot drinks are so appealing but keeping up a regular intake of water is paramount to making sure you stay hydrated. It's easy to slip back into bad habits of not drinking an adequate amount and before you know it you have a headache and are dehydrated. I make sure I carry a bottle of water with me at all times and regularly top it up. My skin and body soon let me know when I haven't drunk enough water so make sure you listen to your body!

3) Load up on veggies

Christmas is the perfect time to year to eat a plethora of veggies and get creative with them. Sprouts, parsnips, cabbage, kale. All super seasonal, available, relatively cheap and so so versatile. I love getting creative in the kitchen with my veggies and December is the perfect times to hone your recipes for Christmas Day. Think maple sprouts, honey roasted carrots and parsnips, cinnamon coated kale.

4) Treat yourself

Christmas is the time for giving but make sure you give to yourself too! Whether it's a manicure, a massage, a new pair of leggings or a candlelit bath. Make sure you take the time to treat yourself, take time out for yourself and renew and rest. Schedule me time over the next couple of weeks like you would work meetings or appointments and don't cancel on yourself!

5) Eat a good breakfast

Make sure you start the day the right way. iI's easy to think you'll skip breakfast because you over ate or went out drinking the night before but chances are if you start the day with a nutritious healthy breakfast you'll be more conscious of eating well throughout the day. Think eggs, avocado and spinach or a yummy warming bowl of porridge.

Share your tips with me! I'd love to see how you stay healthy

over the holidays x