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Taking Care of Number One

It’s Christmastime, probably the busiest time of year for parents.  There are presents to buy and wrap, Santa visits to arrange, endless school events to contribute to, festive gatherings to plan… it can be all-consuming.  With our thoughts taken up with making Christmas magical for everyone else, it is so easy to let our own health and wellbeing slip over the festive period.  Be honest, when was the last time you took a multivitamin?  Have you had your ‘flu jab?  Are you getting enough sleep?  Have you checked out that nagging pain/ache/lump?  Or are you actually existing purely on Baileys and Yule Log at this stage?  No? Just me then…

holiday-gatheringI jest, but genuinely it is so important to keep on top of any health concerns even during busy periods in your life.  Ignoring a nagging complaint will not make it go away!  And yes, it may be nothing serious, but there is always a chance that it could be and it really isn’t worth the risk of leaving it.  It takes a matter of minutes to book an appointment with your GP or with a specialist online using a site such as The Loc but it seriously could save your life.

There are also lots of steps you can take as preventative measures, which are super important, especially during the winter months when immune systems can be lower and bugs are rife:

  • Get your full 8 hours at night – lack of sleep is a huge contributing factor in ill health.  Yes, you’re busy but nothing is worth making yourself ill for!
  • Eat a rainbow – consuming a variety of fresh fruit and vegetables is a great way of boosting your immune system and making sure that your body is functioning well.
  • Supplement – if you feel that you’re perhaps not consuming all the nutrients you should be through diet alone, taking supplements is a great way to top these up.  Omega 3 and 6 and Vitamins C and D are common ones to need a boost and can be found in the high street and online.
  • Relax – honestly, we all want Christmas to be perfect but it isn’t worth making yourself stressed over.  Take a step back, rest up, focus on your breathing and continue taking time out to do something you enjoy!

I hope these tips help you to remember to look after yourself throughout the festive period and beyond – knowing your body, and taking good care of it, is the best way to both prevent cancer and recognise the signs that something isn’t right and, as we all know, early detection is key to making a full recovery in most cases.

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