What is it about St. Patricks Day we love so much? Is it planning to meet friends for food and a night out or is it switching off the alarm and turning over not having to get up for school or work?  Maybe it is just having an extra day to relax and catch up on house work? The thought of a day off work to go for a long walk brings a smile to my face  and when the day falls on a Friday I feel extra lucky.  I will definitely make  the most of the long weekend. 

Leprachaun.pngThe weather on St. Patricks day often brings a mixture of sunshine and showers.   Marching parades through villages and towns keep many children entertained. Traditional music and dancing can be found in many pubs while the national club championships brings Irish sporting fans together in the capital to cheer on their club and county.
So what have you planned for your St. Patricks day and long weekend? Are you jetting off somewhere nice? Have you plans to drown the shamrock with friends?  Or maybe you are happy enough catching up on events of the day on TV.
guinnessEverywhere you go you will find lots of celebrations, food and drink.  Lots of temptation to snack while out at the parades and lots of opportunities to taste some traditional Guinness.  Make the most of your day  have lots of fun but remember to eat and drink sensibly because you don’t want to pile on the pounds for the sake of just one day.
Here are my top 10 ideas to make your St. Patricks Day a memorable one.
1. Start your day by getting up early and go for a 30mins walk. One prominent benefit of early morning walk is that it can help reduce high blood pressure and high cholesterol, both of which contribute to heart disease. 3 hours of brisk walking each week (that’s just 30 minutes per day) can lower a woman’s risk of heart disease by 30% to 40%.
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2. Eat a healthy breakfast. If you want to mark the day with a full Irish then Grill don’t Fry it.  For some Green White & Gold why not try some wilted spinach, avocado and delicious poached eggs.  Eating a morning meal is a healthy habit if you’re watching your weight.
3. Take 10 minutes quiet time for yourself. Just 10 minutes peace and quiet will give you  new energy to take on the world.
Try this 10 minute meditation link: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=HhSKls-JZYA
 4. Do one thing you love – go for a run, sing out loud or turn up the tunes and dance around the kitchen.  Your immune system is compromised if you are not happy, and you are more susceptible to all sorts of physical illnesses.fiddle
5. Drink plenty of water throughout the day.  This is one way of increasing your energy and relieving fatigue.  If you have a late night planned this is key.
6. If you are planning to eat out with friends late in the day then choose your food wisely. Reduce your food content throughout the day and minimise the carbs when having your main meal.
7. Ring a friend and wish them Happy St. Patricks Day and show them you were thinking of them. You can turn around bad feelings about yourself right away when you channel your energy into making someone feel good about themselves. It’s crazy how that works and you will definitely lift their spirits.
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8. Smile – Just the act of smiling tells your brain you are happy. Really. Try it.
9. Take lots of photos and make lots of memories.  Once you’ve captured some great memories, share them with your family and friends! Look through them together and reminisce about all those good times.
10. Learn a few Irish phrases for the day that it is.
Some of my favourites are the following:
“Life is like a cup of tea,  it’s all in how you make it!”

“There are only two kinds of people in the world, The Irish , And those who wish they were.”

“May the leprechauns be near you,
To spread luck along your way.
And may all the Irish angels,
Smile upon you St. Patrick’s Day.”

So no matter what you do for St. Patricks Day use your free time  wisely.  Enjoy yourself and make precious memories no matter what they may be.
Thanks for reading
E.
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