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World Cup weekend - how to survive the final

Published: 11 Jul 2014

This year's FIFA World Cup has had just about everything expected; dodgy decisions, costly injuries, spectacular goals, shocks, disappointment and elation.

It's also had its fair share of tension, especially in the latter stages of the tournament, as Argentina's semi-final penalty win over the Netherlands has demonstrated once again.

So, as the South American side prepare to face Germany on Sunday (July 13th), do your clients have what it takes to go through it all again?

Regardless of whether your clients have been lucky enough to draw either side in the office sweepstake, or are just watching the game as a neutral, the World Cup final is never an occasion that lacks drama - and getting through the whole match can be a stressful affair!

So, what are the best ways to survive this footballing showpiece? Here are a few tips:

Go easy on the alcohol

With kick-off scheduled for 20:00 on a Sunday evening, it's easy to forget that the majority of us are going to need to turn up to work in the morning - so having a heavy night on the booze is probably not the best idea.

The late start could see the coverage end around midnight - if it goes to extra-time and penalties. While your clients will probably also want to see the winners lift the cup, they’re not leaving much time to recover if they’re up early on Monday.

One of the best ways for your clients to counteract any alcohol intake, is to eat plenty throughout the night and take on plenty of water at the same time to ensure they don't become too dehydrated, although the real key to avoiding a hangover is simply a bit of self-restraint.

Watch what you eat

As the UK enjoys a particularly generous spell of sunshine, having a barbecue to mark the end of the World Cup is an option many football fans are likely to take up.

But whether your clients prefer Argentinian steak or German bratwurst on the grill, ensuring what they eat is thoroughly cooked is essential.

Eating raw or undercooked meat can lead to food poisoning, with your clients at risk of being exposed to bacteria like salmonella, campylobacter and E.coli increasing if the food isn't up to standard.

As a result, your clients should make sure frozen meat is properly thawed, turned regularly on the grill and heated throughout.

The Food Standards Agency recommends cooking food in an oven first before finishing it on the barbecue for flavour, so if your clients have doubts over whether or not they’re up to the task of making dinner without striking their friends and family down with illness, then this is something to consider.

Get some rest

With the World Cup drawing to a close, it's finally time to return to a regular sleeping pattern. If your clients struggle to nod off after the excitement of the game, there are plenty of ways to help them relax and wind down. Sleep masks and earplugs are great aids, as the brain naturally shuts down when your receptors to sound and light are blocked.

According to the National Sleep Foundation, an adult needs between seven and nine hours of sleep every night. So make sure your clients get an early night on Monday to make up the difference.

After this summer’s feast of football, the last thing your clients want to do is score an own-goal for their health – so why not share these simple health tips to ensure they look after themselves.

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