A Note from Natalie
Natalie is the resident writer, but not an expert. For expert advice, please book a consultation with Dr Quinn
We’re really getting into the spirit of things here. The tree is up, the lights are on, the favourite decorations have emerged from their tissue-wrapped hibernation and everything looks and smells amazing! We’ve experimented with bringing the outside in and the evergreen scent is the best way to wake up.
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So here are our tips for week 3 – let us know in the comments if you’re feeling frazzled or fabulous!
Top tips for the 3rd Week of December:
1. Don’t worry about what other people think
One example is hosting get-togethers. The single rule for a great party or meal is that guests feel relaxed and comfortable, and the one thing guaranteed to make a bad atmosphere is a stressed-out host. Rather than worrying about creating the illusion of perfection, it’s best to forget about comparing yourself to others, and play to your strengths.
So instead of trying to second-guess what everyone thinks of you, just stay honest. Keep it simple, do what comes naturally, do what inspires you, and everyone gets to be relaxed and happy!
2. Keep it simple!
If you’ve got to week three and feel like everything’s getting on top of you, rethink your strategy.
Full-time work and elaborate individual wrapping and perfect party outfits and being a charming guest while flying from one house to the next every weekend isn’t a great way to spend four weeks of the year.
Some of us get through it by giving up on a decent night’s sleep until January 6th – but that’s not the best way to start a new year.
Instead, start simplifying.
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There’s a lot of ways of streamlining the mess if you sit and think about it, and when you shift priorities from making things perfect for everyone else, and actually start to prioritise staying calm, happy, fulfilled, you’ll probably find there’s a lot of excess you’d rather dump altogether. Practice the art of saying no without feeling guilty about it! Everyone is going through the same thing, so we should all understand each other by now – and you get to make it up to everyone by being a happier you!
3. Never accept boredom!
Boredom is a somewhat less talked-about form of stress, but it causes all the same problems and has all the same effects on our wellbeing. Being bored is a quick way for human beings to lose their sparkle, so being bored all the time – at work, at home, in life, is a dysfunctional way to live.
This is a new experiment for me, but if I think something’s going to be painful to endure… I don’t do it. Rather than just saying no to things, this tip actually opens a lot more doors than going through the old routines. If any one aspect strikes the dread chord in you – a particular food, a particular visit, think about how you can change it.
Dislike going to a relative’s house? Suggest meeting somewhere that inspires you! Where at least you can get a decent cup of coffee or a fabulous treat! Fed up with the monotonous dishes rolled out every year, on the same plates, at the same time…? Mix it up and get creative! Make something you actually get excited about eating instead!
You don’t have to hurt anyone’s feelings by pushing things to be more fun, more nourishing. You don’t really even have to expend more energy or effort. You’ll actually find you get more energy back.
It’s that same thing we keep saying – if you’re inspired, if you’re full of excitement or even just more interested in what you’re doing, it will make a marked impact on your sense of adventure and your overall wellbeing.
Boredom is anti-wellbeing . Let’s get creative and work out another way of doing things!
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Lentil tabbouleh – Jamie Oliver
This week’s recipe is a healthy Boxing Day base, to serve with left overs or on its own.
Important: Debbie is selecting recipes with combinations of ingredients to inspire your cooking regimes, but while they are healthier choices in general, they will not address individual issues. You MUST make sure that all ingredients you use are compatible with your own individual medical conditions, medications, allergies and goals.
- 200 g puy lentils
- 1 bunch of spring onions
- 200 g ripe cherry tomatoes
- 1 large bunch of fresh flat-leaf parsley
- 1 large bunch of fresh mint
- extra virgin olive oil
- 1 lemon
- Rinse the lentils, then cook in plenty of salted water until tender. Drain and set aside to cool.
- Trim and finely slice the spring onions, halve the tomatoes, then pick and finely chop the herb leaves.
- Mix the cooled lentils with the spring onions, tomatoes, herbs and 4 tablespoons of oil. Add the lemon juice to taste, season with sea salt and black pepper, then serve.