Whilst for the vast majority of us Christmas is a time for family, friends and fun, it is also a time fraught with health hazards. Whilst not wanting to be a Grinch, it is worthwhile paying heed to the following:

Overindulgence – By all means enjoy your Christmas day meal (which generally has enough calories in one meal to last you 24-48 hours), but it is wise to ensure that you are not indulging in sugary, processed foods from early December right through to mid-January. This is when you can do real damage to your weight and increase your risk of heart disease and stroke. Try to exercise a little more over the Christmas period and have plenty of vegetables and salads with every meal.

Alcohol – Drinking in excess is possibly one of the greater health hazards around, and combined with the heat and humidity of summer the risk of dehydration and hangovers is high. Slow your drinking down, alternate drinks with big glasses of soda water and try not to mix drinks.

Depression – Christmas can highlight a sense of isolation for people, and it is also a time of increased financial pressure for many. Be mindful of others, offer an invite, a listening ear and some of your time to others. Lifeline and the Black Dog Institute can offer guidance and advice at what can be a very difficult time of year for some.

Have a wonderful, safe and healthy Christmas.