A Merry Shift Working Christmas

And A Perfect Gut-Healing Salad To Bring Into Work.

Organic cabbage in a wooden bowl, food closeup

With just 3 more sleeps until Christmas, are the kids getting a bit restless and excited about the man in the red suit popping in for a visit?

How about you?  Are you also getting super excited about the impending arrival of Christmas Day or are you rostered to work (again) this year?

As most of the world gets ready to slow down and stop for a few days – no doubt there are many shift workers like you, who are working away furiously because Christmas can be just like any other day of the week, be it a whole lot busier depending on your area of work.

Of course it can certainly be a crazy, stressful time of year and a time when we tend to eat way too much of the Christmas Pudding, Rum Balls and Glazed Ham!

But it is Christmas after all, and I think it’s important not to get too stressed or hyped up about what we can and cannot eat – particularly at this time of year.

Because good health is not just about eating well.  It’s also about having a healthy family and social life too, and yes, even with those relatives who may be a little irritating at times! (more…)

How Bright Lights and Dancing Penguins Reminded Me It’s Christmas

It was 2 days before Christmas and I was relaxing on my comfy lounge when my sister rang to ask if I wanted to come for a drive to see some of the Christmas lights around the neighbourhood. As a shift worker, we can sometimes forget it’s actually Christmas because more often than not – we are working throughout the festive season.

But that being said, I jumped in the car with two other friends and noticed that my sister had constructed a well thought out plan. She had printed out all of the winning entries in the annual Christmas Lights Competition and with a map of the streets in one hand, we headed off in hot pursuit to find these prize winning lights.

As we approached the street which had won ‘The Best Street in the Neighbourhood Category’ there were cars, people and children everywhere. I imagine that this is how Halloween must feel if you live in the United States. (We don’t really celebrate it here in Australia).

As we could only get so close in the car, my sister cleverly found a car park and we began our walk towards this normally quiet suburban street to see what all the fuss was about. As we approached the corner and turned to walk up the path (whilst trying to avoid tripping over any children and pets in tow), we were gob smacked. Quite literally the entire street was lit up as if there was a shining light directly above us.

The attention to detail and creativity was truly eye opening.

From the bright lights to the dancing penguins it certainly stimulated all of our senses – sight, sound and even smell (the aroma of the Aussie BBQ filled the air). There was even a couple of ‘stand in’ Santa Clauses wandering up the street – sure to confuse the child that just saw him 5 minutes earlier in front of another house.

But as were walked slowly up the street you could hear the giggles and laughter from the children and watching their faces light up as they watched all of the displays was truly priceless.

Now as shift workers we can sometimes forget its Christmas. As many of us work during this holiday season, Christmas day can sometimes feel like ‘just another day’.

But our journey across the neighbourhood last night to see the bright lights and dancing penguins certainly reminded me that it is indeed Christmas, and to be thankful and grateful for everything that I have in my life. From my friends and family, to the wonderful home that I now live in, and for our pet cat ‘Misty’ who is stretched out on the front deck watching me as I write this – I feel truly abundant and grateful to be alive.

So as a shift worker even though you might be working this Christmas, be grateful for everyone and everything that is in your life right now – and don’t forget to eat, drink and be merry!!

Have a wonderful and safe Christmas as we head towards an exciting and fun-filled year in 2010!