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Tips to survive the festive season...part 3...Coping!

13 Dec 2011 5:45 PM - For some, Christmas is a stressful time of year
How to cope with the stress of Christmas

It's the end of the year and I am seeing lots of tired, stressed and exhausted people in my CBD clinic. As a naturopath, I recognise the toll this can take on your mood, health and enjoyment of life.

Christmas can be stressful, busy, lots of fun, sad, depressing, exhausting and more.  Some people love it but others hate it.

In response to numerous requests for some tips I have prepared a 3-part series on coping with the festive season.

In top tips to survive the festive season - part one I talked alcohol

In top tips to survive the festive season - part two I talked food

in this final part of my series on surviving the festive season I give you some tips on how to make it to January with minimal stress or "damage". 

  1. Look at your diary and plan some down time.  Keep a few nights/days free for rest and relaxation.  You'll need it.  If you don't plan for it, it may not happen and you'll suffer the consequences later.  Be realistic about what you can fit in and be kind to yourself. (Personally, I need lots of down time).

  2. If you are feeling overwhelmed, just sit and quietly breathe deeply for a couple of minutes.  Focus on relaxing your neck and shoulder muscles. It is very calming and instantly reduces the sensation of stress.

  3. Try to fit in some time every day for some laughter, your favourite music or something to help elevate your mood when you are feeling stressed.

  4. Get a good night's sleep as often as you can.  You don't want to start the New Year off even more exhausted than you were at the end of the old year.

  5. Don't let your exercise routine drop.  This is the time of year when you need it more than anything to help burn off the extra calories we tend to consume and to manage your stress levels.

  6. Take the pressure off yourself.  Remember, Christmas is a date on a calendar for religious reasons.  Artificial or self-imposed pressures to see people or get things done by Christmas just add to your already-stressed lives.  Plan some activities for January instead if you can.

  7. Don't forget the sunscreen and hat.  There's nothing like a good dose of sunburn to spoil your time off.

  8. If this is a time of year you don't look forward to, then be kind to yourself and plan some nice activities...a massage perhaps, a pedicure, a movie night, a trip to your favourite café or anything else you can look forward too.

  9. Volunteer to help out those less fortunate.  It's a deeply rewarding and satisfying activity.

  10. Try to follow my earlier tips on eating and drinking over the festive season.  Eating healthily will help reduce stress levels and maintain your energy.

  11. Magnesium and extra B vitamins are excellent for helping to cope with fatigue, stress and anxiety.  You'll find them in your leafy greens as well as wholegrains, nuts and seeds but you may need a supplement or even a herbal tonic if your diet is inadequate and you feel you aren't coping.

  12. Take some time to reflect on all the good things that have happened this year and appreciate what you have achieved rather than dwelling on the negatives. 

So, there you have it.  Lots of tips for surviving and enjoying the festive season.  I hope you will take up at least some of my suggestions in order to come out the other side relatively unscathed.

If you liked this blog post, please share it with your family and friends just in case they need a reminder to take it easy these holidays.

In good health,

 

Kaye Wright
Naturopath
Melbourne CBD


p.s. don't forget, you can make an appointment for a detox or even a bit of a "tune up" in January if you've "enjoyed" Christmas just a little too much. Call the clinic on 03 9620 9503.



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