Tips for surviving the 2020 silly season in what has already been a challenging year.
Disclaimer: This information is general in nature and does not take into account your personal situation
GOOD HEALTH AND GOOD CHEER AT THE END OF THE YEAR
It’s been a year like no other, with plenty of people keen to see the back of 2020. But before we look forward to a new year, we need to survive the silly season, and that means taking time to look after our health and wellbeing:
- The number one rule for the festive season has to be everything in moderation
- Keep this top of mind and it will help you maintain a healthy balance.
IMPORTANT: If you do get to enjoy an end of year function with work colleagues remember that on-site company rules and policies also apply to events held off-site too.
NEW ALCOHOL GUIDELINES
New national guidelines recommend that to reduce the risk of harm from alcohol-related disease or injury, healthy men and women should drink no more than 10 standard drinks a week and no more than 4 standard drinks on any one day. So it’s important to know your standard drinks:
- 285 ml of full strength beer – 4.9% alc/vol
- 425 ml of light beer – 2.7% alc/vol
- 100 ml of wine -13% alc/vol
- 30ml of spirits (e.g. vodka, gin, whisky) – 40% alc/vol
IMPORTANT: The less you drink, the lower your risk of harm from alcohol. For more information about the new Australian guidelines visit https://www.nhmrc.gov.au/health-advice/alcohol
TIPS TO MAINTAIN GOOD HABITS
Firstly, start the day with a healthy breakfast (check out our Breakfast Benefits post for tips of what to eat).
Also, go easy on the alcohol (try alternating each alcoholic drink with water).
In addition, try to stick to an exercise routine throughout the silly season.
If you do get to enjoy a party or two, always be careful with your social media posts. Tagging people in photos or videos that they don’t know about or posting drunken antics online may not seem like such a good idea the next day
Finally, remember to manage the silly season at a pace that works for you. At the end of the day, the most important thing is to look after your own physical and mental health and wellness.
SURVIVING THE 2020 SILLY SEASON AND COVID-19
If you are able to enjoy some end of year festivities with friends or colleagues, don’t forget to follow COVID-19 safety protocols, including:
- Good hygiene practices
- Social distancing, and
- Wearing a face mask when required.
WELLNESS GOES 24/7
Labourpower values your health and wellbeing and is committed to wellness in the workplace. We are proud to partner with Workactive to bring you safety and wellbeing programs throughout the year.