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How does the Career Moves team cope at Christmas?

  • by Kally Simmonds
  • 9 Dec 2016

With the Career Moves christmas party happening later today, Account Manager Kally Simmonds has put together a blog of what the team does to make sure it is the most enjoyable festive season yet and to give our readers some useful tips!

Christmas is both the most wonderful and stressful time of the year. Everyone is in great spirits, wanting to celebrate the festivities and see friends and family. However, a lot of the time, the celebrations come hand in hand with sore heads, growing beer bellies and empty bank accounts. As it’s Christmas, we wanted to share some advice on how to make the Christmas period, and more importantly, ‘the morning after the night before’ as painless as possible.

Christmas drinks and dinner plans can crop up out of nowhere, so make sure you are prepared! First piece of advice, I’m sure you heard it when you turned 18, have a soft drink between drinks if you’re planning on having a few and remember to drink lots of water before you put your head down for the night.

If you ignored the previous advice, and are fresh out of holiday days to use up, remember this:

  • Drinking a glass of juice helps recovery by giving you a sugary kick and therefore more energy, it also tops up some of the essential minerals you’ve lost. Sugary foods may help you feel less fragile too so stock up on the fruit and (my personal preference) chocolate bars.
     
  • It’s worth keeping some antacids in your desk draw for when you’re feeling especially ropey. Berocca is an option as well, this is a vitamin and energy drink which contributes to your mental performance.
     
  • Coffee is actually a no-go after a few glasses of wine, the caffeine does make you feel more alert, but it’s actually a diuretic and causes your body to lose water quickly, so actually dehydrates you!
     
  • Over-the-counter painkillers can help with headaches and muscle cramps. Keep a stash in the office, for your colleagues as well, it’s the holidays after all, share and share alike! Word to the wise, ibuprofen shouldn’t be taken on an empty stomach, and make sure you’re taking tablets at least 8 hours after the last drink.
     
  • Try and stick to bland liquids such as water, soda water, isotonic drinks. They’ll sit better in your stomach and get you hydrated much faster.

Take care of the bank account as well as your mind and body, keep the unnecessary spending to a minimum, I’m sure the £12 toastie from the vender by the tube station is very nice, but with the Christmas period coming up, lots of presents, party outfits and nights out to pay for, why not opt for the supermarket meal deals, or get yourself to one of the food markets. Exmouth market and Leather Lane are two of our favourites; great food, Christmas lights are up and cost for a decent sized helping is around £5/6. You’d be surprised how much money this saves you. Timeout has some great suggestions here: http://www.timeout.com/london/restaurants/the-50-best-street-food-stalls-in-london

Also, if you’re one for homemade meals, the NHS have put together an article for slightly healthier snack options, they also go into some ways we can cut down on the fats in the snacks we all know and love. http://www.nhs.uk/Livewell/Healthychristmas/Pages/Saynotonibbles.aspx

Hope this has been useful. Happy holidays everyone!

If you would like to get in touch with Kally about any HR roles, please get in touch with her via email or on 0207 758 4323

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