My name is Penny Delve and I am a Transformational Coach with a passion for health and wellbeing.
I help people who want to improve their physical and mental health in some way but they just don’t know where to start! This can be anything from loosing weight, reducing stress, getting more active or creating a more positive mindset.
It can be hard to make changes on our own and often it can be so overwhelming that it is easier to stay where we are. We get stuck in a rut. When we do decide to reach for a new health goal, it is actually all about the small steps and the tiny tweaks that we make to our lives that can make a huge difference. This approach also makes it much easier for us to be successful because the tiny steps are so achievable.
So to kick things off this festive season, I am sharing my easy top tips to have a healthy Christmas!
1) Keep moving. Although it is tempting to plonk ourselves on the sofa all day, try and find time to move your body. Take a walk, ideally after big meals to aid digestion.
2) Drink lots of water. I know it’s Christmas and we want to have fun but the alcohol units easily add up. Ask yourself, ‘do I really need another drink?’ Keeping hydrated has so many important benefits for both physical and mental health.
3) Eat slowly. Research shows that a full Christmas dinner can be up to 3000 calories! Instead of gorging yourself on Christmas dinner, eat a normal sized meal and then take a 20 min break to see if you are still hungry (It takes this long for the brain to register that the stomach is full).
4) Don’t stress – keep a sense of humour and put things into perspective. If you burn the carrots, it really doesn’t matter. If a relative makes an annoying remark just ignore it. Find the positives in the day!
5) Be kind to others and to yourself. The fesstive season can bring up a lot of emotions. Stressing about money, presents, family or missing a departed loved one. Carve out time for self care, when we are crazy busy that is when we need self care the most. Look out for others who might need some extra support this Christmas.
Most of all enjoy yourselves, be grateful and have fun!