Tips to make sure your insurer has you covered this festive season

The festive season is upon us and despite the second wave of COVID-19 that has hit South Africa, some people may still opt to travel to different destinations to spend time with family and friends they haven’t seen since lockdown.

Government this week outlined updated rules for travelling requirements both locally and when entering or leaving the country, the tests required, as well as the quarantine periods. So, whether you have planned a long-distance road trip, travelling to a nearby location or neighbouring country, it is important to consider the health risks and not only prepare for the trip but also ensure that you are covered in case of any unfortunate event.

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Five Easy-to-Implement Workouts for the Festive Season

The Festive Season can play havoc with your diet and exercise routines. With busy schedules, indulgent meals and festivities, it’s not surprising that our fitness often gets neglected. But there are ways to enjoy the celebrations and maintain your focus. Former Springbok rugby player, Stefan Terblanche, shares five fitness ideas that you can squeeze in without missing out on the fun.

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HOW TO STAY SAFE (AND SANE) THIS FESTIVE SEASON

Control your own environment (Mask, sanitiser and distancing)
Focus on the now – one thing at a time
Try to be patient with yourself and others
Find ways to show yourself love, kindness and compassion
Let your anxieties out – talking to friends and family about how you’re feeling so you’re all on the same page. Tell them:
You feel uncomfortable in crowded spaces
You might choose a spot furthest away from the crowd
“A simple conversation with each other to establish what can make everyone feel most comfortable is often all it takes. We need to balance our short term goals to feel connected and see those we love, with the long term goals of making sure we keep our loved ones alive to share many more years of celebrations,” concludes Scher.

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CONSUMERS ARE URGED TO SAVE THIS FESTIVE SEASON

With the COVID-19 pandemic having caused untold economic hardship, consumers are urged to tighten their belts this festive season and into the New Year.

The holidays may be the most wonderful time of the year, but they’re also the most expensive, says Ithala SOC limited, a 100-percent owned subsidiary of Ithala Development Finance Corporation and a pioneer in banking the unbanked in KwaZulu-Natal.

“Many people find themselves short of money at the beginning of January due to overspending in December. There are ways to avoid the dreaded New Year financial hangover and it is simple: save, save save,” said Dr Thulani Vilakazi, CEO of Ithala SOC Limited.

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Indulge without the bulge

Finally on track to reaching your goal weight? Catherine Clark, Owner and Founder of The Harvest Table advises not to waste all your hard work this festive season by throwing caution to the wind and eating everything that comes your way.  She says, “Many of us see the holidays as an opportunity to let loose and overindulge, but come January we are riddled with guilt and regret.”

She adds that whilst December isn’t necessarily the time to lose weight, you don’t have to put on weight either, “The fact is that you will be tempted to overeat and do less exercise, so key is not to deprive yourself, but rather to navigate the festive season so that you can indulge without the bulge,” she says.

Catherine offers these 5 healthy habits to adopt this festive season. Read more..

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