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Prepping your body and mind for the holidays

Prepping your body and mind for the holidays

Believe it or not, it’s that time of year again. The holidays are coming and there is plenty of joy on its way with family and food. However, it’s no surprise the cooler temps and all decadent foods allow us to pack on a few pounds. And it’s the hustle and bustle of buying gifts and seeing those we love that leaves us feeling stressed and tired. It’s time to change the pattern of all that.


It’s natural that when the temperature goes down, our bodies will stock up a few pounds to protect us from the cold. As for the extra cookies, beverages and treats, don’t deprive yourself, just be aware of portion size. If you are a gym hound, but have to miss a day here or there because of the holiday, no one will criticize you. If you aren’t the gym-type, again, no one will criticize you, so stop beating yourself up. Instead, why not try a best waist trainer. It will compress all the right areas as you move around your daily life and help your body stay tone.

Cut the stress

It is a scientific fact that stress can help us achieve many incredible feats. However, the way most of us use it, it can only cut down our life span. The holidays are happy times for most people. The joy of the season is usually pretty contagious, too. So, it’s important to let go of the small stuff.

-Stop trying to out do your family, neighbor or yourself.

If you enjoy making the perfect bows on the gifts or stringing thousands of lights on the house, then awesome. If not, stop. You don’t owe it to anybody to practically kill yourself every year over the frivolous stuff. Do what you enjoy and put your heart into that.

-Stop spending money that you don’t have.

The miracle of the holidays is the desire to give and help others. But you can’t give what you don’t have. Trying to do so will leave you in debt, disgruntled and stressed out! Giving doesn’t cost a fortune. You can give your time to someone that needs it. You can give your talents. For example, if you are great at making cookies, then give them as a gift. Yet, if your talent is fixing things, offer that instead. The best thing to remember is to make a budget and stick to it.

-Stop trying to diet during the holidays.

It never works and you make others feel bad that they weren’t considerate of your dieting. It’s the holidays. Cookies, cakes, turkeys, butter, breads and potatoes of every kind are usually on the menu. Of course, be conscious of what you eat, but don’t put it on others to restrict your food options during this time. It’s time to remove the stress of eating on you and others. Unless you have an actual allergy or diet restriction, it is on you, and only you, to be proactive in your holiday food intake. The best things to stay proactive are, grab some regular or plus size shapewear, watch your portion sizes and stay active.

The Gift that keeps on giving

When it comes to gift-giving, it can be stressful. Who do I need to buy for? What is the right size? Do they like this, still? The best way to take the stress out of giving is to make a list of who you have to buy for. Next, ask for ideas. It won’t ruin the surprise, it will help you get what a person can really use or need, along with allowing yourself to not break the budget. Finally, do your research to get the best prices. Black Friday and Cyber Monday sales are usually great, but doing research will help you get the best prices.

These little steps can help reduce stress and prepare your mind and body for the upcoming holiday season. Don’t forget to treat yourself with kindness as well during this time. Do something solely for yourself or grab yourself something that could make your season brighter. Also, you can check out the Black Friday Shapewear discount if you want to try out the latest waist trainers available.

Have a wonderful and stress-free holiday season!

Tia, and TipsfromTia.com  is trying to keep you looking good and
feeling good, from the inside out. If you’ve got a problem or a tip email me! Be sure to Like and share on Facebook or Follow on Twitter or Instagram.

Visiting Family This Christmas? 10 Ways To Prepare To Make It The Best One Yet

Visiting Family This Christmas? 10 Ways To Prepare To Make It The Best One Yet

2020 has been a difficult year for everyone around the world thanks to Coronavirus, and after such a terrible year, you might be looking forward to celebrating Christmas and putting this year to bed once and for all. And what better way to celebrate Christmas than being surrounded by your family and friends? After a year that’s been difficult for everyone, let’s look at these amazing ways to prepare to make Christmas the best one yet, so that you can move into 2021 feeling positive and ready to conquer!


Get everyone involved

Depending on where you live, there might still be restrictions in place that may hinder you from seeing everyone this Christmas, but that doesn’t mean anyone has to miss out! Form your Christmas gathering bubbles and set up a zoom call with other family members so that nobody has to miss out! That way, even if someone is unfortunate enough to be isolating on Christmas day, you’re still able to see each other and spend Christmas together as a unit. If you’ve got a smart TV and a HDMI cable, you could even project your zoom call to your TV to make it seem like they’re really there with you!

Check your car

The roads can be treacherous during the winter time, and if you’re travelling a significant distance to visit your family this Christmas, it’s a good idea to check your car beforehand. You could do this yourself by checking the amount of oil in the car, pumping up your tires, and even getting snow chains for your wheels if you expect to drive through snow. Alternatively, take your car to your local garage for a service and ask them for advice on staying safe on the roads during the winter time.

Buy personalised gifts

More than any other Christmas, this one needs to be special. This year has seen the loss of hundreds of thousands of lives, some of whom you might know, not to mention millions of jobs and businesses being lost along the way. Make this Christmas the best one yet by purchasing personalised gifts for your loved ones. There’s something so heartwarming about receiving a personalised gift and let’s face it, you want to see your loved ones happy! There are plenty of personalised gifts you can buy online, but if you know somewhere local that personalizes items, support your local business! 

Create a Christmas playlist

In previous years the mere mention of Christmas songs usually turns people away from the idea of Christmas, especially when the radio stations begin playing them before people have gotten into the Christmas spirit. Well, Christmas is well and truly upon us, so create a playlist full of everyone’s favourites and have it on in the background while celebrating on Christmas Day! It’s surprising how much Christmas songs can really lift your spirits (especially if you’re a mulled wine or two down).

Start a new tradition

Every family has their own tradition at Christmas time, whether it’s eating breakfast together before opening gifts or watching a particular film after Christmas dinner as a family, they’re a great way of bringing a family closer than ever. Why not start a new one this year? The great thing about traditions is that it doesn’t necessarily have to make sense! They can be personal, or if you like, something fun for the family to take part in each year. Stuck for ideas? Here’s some Christmas tradition ideas for inspiration.


Indulge in your favourite foods!

Looking after your waistline is great, but now’s the time to treat yourself! If there’s one thing that’s as good as being around those you love, it’s being surrounded by your favourite foods at the same time! So eat that minced pie, and treat yourself to another chocolate from the selection tin!

Take lots of pictures

While many of us live our lives precariously through social media and the images we see of other people’s lives, it’s still amazing looking back at old photos and remembering everything that was happening at that particular time. Even if you don’t share your photos on social media – be sure to take lots of pictures! In years to come you can look back and remember how you ended 2020 in style!

Play board games

It sounds so cliche, but there’s something so nostalgic about sitting with your family and playing a good old fashioned board game. You could try new games, twisting the rules slightly, or even making a rule that the loser must take a drink. If you are hosting a Zoom Christmas, encourage your family members on the other end to play, too! If you’re not a fan of board games, you could try other family games such as playing cards, or even using apps like House Party to play games with your loved ones.

Take a group walk

It’s almost a rite of passage to over eat on Christmas Day, and as a race we look forward to over indulging and serving up way more food than we can eat. However, every year you end up way too full and regret eating so much. Take your family for a walk around your town to help burn off some of the extra calories you’ve consumed. You could plan a route to admire people’s Christmas decorations, and pack insulated flasks with delicious hot chocolate to keep everyone warm. If you’re celebrating with children, you could create an “eye spy” game to keep them entertained along the way.

Have another glass of mulled wine

If you enjoy a glass of wine (or indeed, any other drink) every now and then, then why not treat yourself to another glass? After all, it’s Christmas right?!

Let’s wave goodbye to 2020 in style with those you love! Remember to check your local restrictions to see how many people you can mix with and any other rules to adhere to. The sooner COVID isn’t a threat the better! Merry Christmas!

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feeling good, from the inside out. If you’ve got a problem or a tip email me! Be sure to Like and share on Facebook or Follow on Twitter or Instagram.

Having a Safe Celebration Night

By Tia Cristy

(recap) Having a Safe Celebration Night
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So it’s New Year’s Eve and you want to kick off the new year awake, safe and happy.

If you can, take a cat nap before the night starts.

Be sure to stay hydrated throughout your night; meaning water in between champagnes. Hydration will keep your energy up, to help you stay alert.

Don’t be shy to pick at the food. Eating before, during and after ringing in the New Year; it can keep you from getting too inebriated and or developing aliments throughout the night like headaches or stomach issues.

Stay with your party or group for the festivities. Large crowds can get out of hand at a moments notice, keeping close to your friends and family, can help keep you all safe from even minor mishaps.

Enjoy the celebration and may you ring in the 2015 New Year, safe and sound with style and class.

Tia, and TipsfromTia.com  is trying to keep you looking good and
feeling good, from the inside out. If you’ve got a problem or a tip email me!