Having too much festive fun?

Surviving the holidays

It’s that time of year again. The end of December heralds a snowball descent from Christmas festive feasting to New Year’s Eve celebrations straight to pineapple tart indulgences during Chinese (Lunar) New Year.

Before you start the season of eating and finding yourself having to remake your new year resolutions several times over, here are some tips which may come in useful (we hope):

1. Eating out? It might be a good time to make exercise plans!

  • This season is always awash with tempting buffets and lavish set dinners. So you might need a plan to work off all that feasting!
  • You could try some sightseeing down Orchard Road and Bras Basah Road (allegedly to see the Christmas lights and do some last minute shopping).
  • Or dance away your calories at Zouk.
  • Take a breezy walk along the beach and enjoy “Signs on the Loose” from the Sticker Lady at Siloso Beach, Sentosa (till new year’s day).
  • Traipse through the National Musuem to appreciate the William Farquhar Collection of Natural History Drawings (read: botanical drawings of plants).
  • Brave the crowd to inhale the fresh smell of pine among the Christmas trees on sale at the plant nurseries at Upper Thomson.
  • Ride the Downtown Line for free with several million other people (remember, jostling is a form of exercise) on 7 Dec 2013.
  • Go ice-skating on disco nights (Fridays and Saturdays) at Jcube.
  • There’s also a leisurely 9km stroll on the evening of 16 Dec 2013 (7pm) under the auspices of Brooks Run Happy (if you have already registered), as well as the annual StandardChartered Marathon on Dec 1st.
  • Or entertain your whole family at the Singapore Teddy Bear Show held at the Drama Centre on Christmas Eve. Plenty of reasons not to lounge around.

2. Need help with Christmas dinner? Here are some recipes.

3. Stressed out by the holidays? 

4. Haven’t made your New Year resolutions yet?

  • According to the statistics published in a 2012 journal article, as many as 46% of resolutions made for the new year make it past the mid-year mark, while a dismal 8% successfully achieve their resolution. And that is probably related to the way we make our New Year resolutions.
  • This year, try making resolutions which are easier to achieve. The American Psychological Association (APA) offers appropriate tips to aspiring resolution makers.
  • Both Psychology Today and Time magazine offer insight into what to do (and what not to do).

5. Need to shop! Can’t stop?