Be festive and enjoy!

It’s beginning to feel a lot like Christmas…

Decorations are up, Christmas shopping is well, almost done, and children are a couple of weeks in to school holidays….I’m not going to lie, the latter is testing my patience, right this minute!

However, my message, for this, the last blog for 2016 is to be grateful and enjoy the festive season.

I’m going to focus on just a couple of things during this holiday season to make it a memorable one – here they are:

Be grateful – I’ve already, sometimes through gritted teeth, been repeating this to my children in the last few weeks.  Its pretty simple, when we focus on what we have instead of what we don’t have, it allows us to be more grateful.

Be present – not the wrapped type!  Take some time each day to use your senses and notice the fabulous sights, sounds, smells and tastes of Christmas – we really are surrounded by some wonderful things – use the holidays as time to absorb them!

Eat mindfully – not continuously.  I don’t know about you, but when there is yummy food around, I just want to eat it.  But this festive season, I’m going to really try to take a minute before putting tasty morsels in my mouth to ask – do I need this? or do I want this? or am I just eating this because its in front of me?

Enjoy your people and your holidays (if you are lucky enough to have a break) – your people might be your family or friends or colleagues (if you have to work!) – It’s Christmas – be festive and enjoy the time!!  And, just a heads up, nobody will want to be around you if you obviously aren’t enjoying Christmas! And if you aren’t a Christmas person, pretend – who knows, it might just even get you in the spirit!

As I mentioned, this is my last blog for 2016 – next week, I’ll be taking my own advice and enjoying my festive season.

I look forward to 2017 and continuing to bring you blogs on health-related topics – if you have any feedback on the blog – I’d love to hear it – both good and bad 🙂

Merry Christmas

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Are you SunSmart?

So, its only 32 days until Christmas, which means Summer is upon us! With summer comes more outdoorsy activities, and with that comes more exposure to the Sun and it’s harmful effects.  Don’t get me wrong, everyone needs some time in the sun to keep their Vitamin D levels up, but you just need to be smart about it, get it, SunSmart, hehehe (apologies for the Dad joke!)

This week its National Skin Care Action week, an annual event reminding Australians of just how important it is to stay protected from the sun!

Skin cancer kills more than 5 people per day. (Source: Cancer Council Australia)

With that statistic in mind, can you remember your #SunSmart5 this summer??  C’mon who remembers the advertisements – first, like when I was at school (ok, it was a little while ago now!) it was just Slip, Slop Slap and since we have wised up, we’ve added Seek shade and Slide on sunglasses.

Just by doing the SunSmart5 – you are significantly reducing your skin cancer risk.

So we’re clear and directly quoting the Cancer Council Australia:

During National Skin Cancer Action Week, we are reminding Australians to slip on sun-protective clothing, slop on SPF30 (or higher) broad-spectrum, water-resistant sunscreen, slap on a broad-brimmed hat, seek shade and slide on sunglasses.

Its simple – Slip, Slop, Slap, Seek and Slide.

Ok, so you’ve mastered the SunSmart5 – what else can you do?

  • Understand what the UV rating scale is all about – sometimes its at the end of the news, in the weather section – Tip:  if the UV rating is lower than 3 – that might be a good time to get your dose of Vitamin D mentioned above.
  • If you want a tan – go fake! (Wellness Assist absolutely does not encourage ‘fakeness’ in any other situation! At any other time we are about being real, honest, sustainable, balanced and achieveable!)
  • Do regular skin checks – know what’s your ‘normal’ – if anything changes, get it checked out as a matter of urgency.

SunSmart5 + Wellness Assist’s 3 tips – whilst there are no guarantees, this advice should see you well placed to being proactive on taking care of your skin.

You’re welcome.