2020 has been a difficult year, and most of us are looking forward to a well-earned rest over the Christmas break. However, the festive period can sometimes be a challenging time – especially if we are not able to see our friends or family as we usually would. Here are some tips to help you keep safe and fresh during the festive season.

Schedule some ‘me’ time the festive period can feel very busy, and demands can be put on us by others. Keep some time aside for yourself to catch up on your favorite shows, go for a walk, do something that will make you happy -you deserve it!

Look after your health the festive period can be a time for excess, but it’s important we still keep truck on our healthy eating and drinking, stick to good sleep habits, and exercise regularly. Regular exercise can help reduce the risk of getting the virus.

Keep yourself and others safe This year things will be different due Covid-19 restrictions, but they are so important to keep both you and your loved ones safe. Follow government guidelines and be assertive with anyone who asks you to break these – for their health and yours.

Ventilation One of the things you can do to reduce the impact of COVID-19 is to keep a couple of windows open and keep the house ventilated. Allowing the air to keep flowing around your house will reduce the risk of people catching COVID-19 if they are in the house mixing with people.

Social distancing Technically these rules can be scrapped over the Christmas period – but people who are worried about hugging vulnerable people should try and keep their distance anyway. Staying 2 meters apart from family and friends is a sensible way to reduce the risk. If you are concerned, wearing a mask would be another way to reduce any possible spread.

Washing your hands Is still an important tool to curb the virus. Especially if you’re going out before you meet others for Christmas, be sure to wash your hands regularly. This is even more important if you’re going to use public transport to get home.

Extra cleaning and don’t share items the guidance also recommends taking extra precautions such as cleaning surfaces and contact points like door handles over the Christmas period too. Ideally, Christmas dinner guests should be social distanced as much as. But if the table is small, experts say at least don’t share plates or cups.

At least reduce your contacts the best thing to do in the week before Christmas is to reduce your contacts with the outside world. That means cancelling visits to see family, friends, the supermarket and slashing the time you spend outside of the house. Even if you don’t catch corona-virus, there’s still a chance you could come into contact with a positive case and be told to isolate just before the holiday period starts – which would ruin any plans.

EXCELLENT IS NEVER ENOUGH

MERRY CHRISTMAS AND A BLESSED 2021.KEEP STAYING SAFE