Seasonal Stress & Solutions
Stress. We’ve all experienced it, we all know what it feels like, and even though ‘Tis the season to be jolly, it can also be pretty stressful. The lead up to Christmas is a time when you have all of your usual tasks, work, family commitments and you also have Christmas preparation to take care of and for some of us this is pretty stressful. So, before the stress levels start to rise here are a few simple solutions that you could employ before Christmas day meets you totally burnt out.
Seasonal Stress Solution #1
Practise your right to say: “No”. Many of us find this a difficult thing to do for fear of letting other people down. It is natural that you do not want to disappoint a family member or friend, but what about you? If you would prefer to have a soak in the bath or read a book than go to a party, then honour how you truly feel and take a break when needed. Do not feel guilty for taking care of yourself, ever!
Also, it is fine to say “No thank you” to the feeders! You know who the feeders are! They tend to show up as mothers, grandmothers and sometimes friends who have spent hours baking special foods that don’t suit you, you don’t feel good when eating or you simply do not want or like. Just say “No” and feel no guilt over eating what is right for your body. High sugary processed foods placed added stress on the body so make a choice from an empowered place.
Seasonal Stress Solution #2
Reduce your workload as much as possible in the weeks leading up to Christmas so that you can take a proper break. HA! I hear you say but if it is possible to plan and schedule work around a week off you won’t begin the new year frazzled. A few years ago I failed to this and I was stressed juggling so many things and by the New Year I was needing a break, but as the say goes; “Once is a mistake. Twice is a pattern. Three times is a habit.” I did not be make it a habit and I hope that you won’t be either.
Simple ways to reduce your workload is to prioritise, reduce your commitments for a little while, definitely don’t take on anything new with a short deadline and that simple solution of say “no” when possible or at least “not right now”.
Seasonal Stress Solution #3
Relax however you relax best, be it meditation, mindfulness, yoga, getting out in nature or reading. Do something that will allow your mind and body some down time. You will have a clearer head afterwards and will have recharged your batteries.
Seasonal Stress Solution #4
Remember to breathe. This sounds simple enough but when you are stressed your breathing becomes shallow and your heart beat increased. This is part of the fight or flight reaction and will potentially create a few unwanted digestive problems. To reduce this effect on your body, breathe in deeply through your nose counting to 7, hold for 7 and breathe slowly out for 7. The calmer you are the more time you can take to complete the process by increasing the breath from 7 to 8 seconds etc. Repeat 3 times to reduce stress.
Seasonal Stress Solution #5
The number of treats that are available at Christmas are plentiful and they seem to be everywhere you go! My nutritional tips are to have a protein based breakfast and include a piece of fruit, nuts and seeds as snacks to keep your blood sugars balanced, plenty of seasonal vegetables and stay hydrated. Eat as nutritiously as you can and if you do have a munch on the festive treats do not under any circumstances make yourself feel bad. Just take a moment perhaps to reflect to journal, maybe you were triggered or maybe you simply made a conscious choice?
Managing what you eat over the Christmas period is often a difficult time for my clients who have worked so hard to create balance and then temptation is coming at them from every angle but it can be done. Take each day at a time, practise the steps above and get in touch in the New Year if needed to realign.
Have a wonderful December and enjoy the build up to Christmas day,
And I will leave you will a Berries and Beetroot Smoothie recipe to boost your immune system to start your day or as a nutritious snack.
Smoothie Serves: 2
- 1 cup almond milk, coconut water or mineral water
- 1 small banana
- 1 small beetroot
- 1 cup fresh or frozen blueberries
- 1 cup of frozen cherries
- Optional: 1 scoop of protein powder, 1 tbsp chia seeds, 1 tbsp flax seeds.
- Blitz and enjoy.
You are worth taking care of.