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Santa's Little Helpers

December 19, 2020 by Antone Boustani

The silly season is upon us. Finding presents, wrapping them, attending work functions then family commitments. Christmas is a great time of the year if it is managed well. If it is not it can cause stress and fatigue!! Let’s do Christmas right!

It’s all too easy to allow Christmas to become an excuse to let ourselves go, health-wise. We tend to eat more of the wrong things, drink more alcohol than usual and let our fitness schedules fall by the wayside. Sure, we all want to let our hair down a bit over the holiday period and relax, but that doesn’t mean we should abuse our bodies and forget to look after ourselves. The Christmas break should be a relaxing time for recharging our batteries – not a frenzy of poor health choices and bad habits. Staying healthy over Christmas involves a bit of planning, some determination and the ability to follow through on the promises you’ve made to yourself.

Here are some tips for enjoying a healthier festive season this year: 

Don’t Over Do Alcohol 

Because Christmas in Australia takes place in the heat of summer, dehydration is a real danger, especially if you’ve been hitting the booze. That backyard game of cricket is great for some exercise but when it’s over, you’re better off getting some water into you than guzzling a cold beer.

If there are Christmas parties in your holiday schedule, make sure you drink plenty of water during those nights out. This helps your kidneys detoxify your blood more effectively and keeps dehydration at bay. Eating a big starchy meal before you drink can help slow the rate of alcohol absorption in your body and continuing to snack during the evening can reduce the intensity of your hangover the next day.

Drink alcohol slowly – the human liver needs time to process alcohol and can only handle so much at a time. If your friends are buying you drinks, make sure at least every other one is iced water with lemon – your head will thank you in the morning. Know your own limits with alcohol and stick to them.

Get Your Zzzzz’s In 

Because you’re no longer setting the alarm to get up and go to work each day, you should – in theory – be able to get more sleep over the Christmas break. What you need to watch out for, though, is having too many late nights in a row and disrupting your normal sleep routine.

Good health requires consistent, high-quality sleep, but this can sometimes be a challenge because of the new stresses that Christmas-time brings: more intense shopping than at any other time of year, exposure to relatives you may not get along with, squabbling children with too much time on their hands, etc.

Add in the hot weather and it can be tricky to get the sleep you need, but it’s important to stay on top of your sleep patterns so you don’t ‘crash and burn’ from fatigue.  

Not The Time To Hurt Yourself

It’s amazing how Christmas can lead to an increase in accidents around the home. The urge to grab a ladder and hang up some Christmas lights (especially after a beer or six) leads hospitals to see a surge in what they call ‘decorating under the influence’ injuries each year.

Then there are the injuries associated with testing out new ‘toys’ like skateboards, jet skis and the like.
Australian hospitals normally expect a 20-40% increase in admissions between Christmas and the start of January, and the most common health issues occurring during that time include mental health problems, trauma (often related to recreational activities), cardiac issues, alcohol-related health injuries (and illness) and heat-related difficulties.

Snakes, spiders, jellyfish and insects are also more prevalent at that time of year, so there are more admissions for bites and stings as well. Because of the warmer weather and higher volumes of food being served over the holiday period, food poisoning becomes a greater risk too.  

Watch That Waistline 

When it comes to eating over Christmas, common sense will go a long way: eat more turkey, salad, veggies and fruit and less ham, cake, candies and chips. Ditch soft drinks entirely, keep your portion sizes under control and take it easy on the alcohol. Enjoy!

Decluttered Home Is A Decluttered Mind 

Give the house a December ‘spring’ clean. Creating space for change begins with clean well organised spaces at home. Anything that you do not need over Christmas can be thrown out or put into boxes and placed in a safe spot. This will give you the freedom to have guests stay over, put up the Christmas Tree or have an area for fun and games. You will also have extra space to hide the Chrissy gifts.

Where to get moving boxes? How much is a Storage unit? A couple of questions that Kennards Self Storage has answers for. Storage shed prices are viewable on our website. Jump onto and you will also be able to find where to get moving boxes and you will find that you can also purchase cheap moving boxes with a couple of clicks. The great thing is that if you purchase new boxes we can buy them back once they are used at any of our centres across the country if they are in usable condition. Buying more than 10 boxes will attract a discount.

Storage shed prices are also available on the website and the process to rent a space is very easy. You can view the available sizes at a centre near to home and then choose the space and complete the ‘paperwork’ online (saving trees and the environment). You will automatically receive complimentary insurance cover over your goods for one month. All this can be completed in the comfort of your own home anytime of the day or year. The final step is to simply turn up to the chosen Kennards Storage centre and show some ID and the friendly helpful team will show you to your space. They will show you where the trolleys are how to use your unique pin number to get into the secured site and how to use the lifts if you unit is on an upper level. From that point you can use the space as many times as you like as much as you like. The invoice is for a 1 month period. If you do not last the month we will refund the difference. Need it longer? Pay for 6 months and get a 2% discount. Pay for 12 months and you will get a 4% discount. The best thing is our offices are open through the Christmas period other than Christmas Day, Boxing Day and New Years day. Your access at many of our centres will be 24 hours a day 365 days a year so if you need access on Christmas Day that is available. Just inquire at the office that is close to you.

Merry Christmas from Kennards Self Storage. 
Creating the space for Change.

Antone Boustani

Antone joined the Kennards Self Storage in 2012 as a Team Support Manager. Progressing to the roles of NSW Rostering Co-ordinator and Waterloo Centre manager led to the position of NSW Operations Manager in 2019. Antone has gained leadership skills at previous roles as a Manager at KFC and Decorug and did run his own business a Deli / Fruit shop called Naremburn Natural. He loves that we are the people that care and how that is achieved through procedures that enable our teams to offer great customer service. He is invested in improving himself and the team around him and believes that doing what you love is the key. Outside work Antone loves travelling overseas as much as getting on the open road and you can find him watching any type of sport but especially cricket.

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