Top Tips to Make Christmas Stress-free

Top Tips to Make Christmas Stress-free

Author -  Good Health

Christmas is just around the corner, which means extra pressure on top of the usual everyday stresses that many of us face. It’s a time for celebration but also exhaustion, with a whirlwind of social events and family commitments to add to your already bursting schedule. An article published just a few years ago talked about how stress affects sleep in up to 75% of Kiwi women, revealing that most women worry about finances and relationships. Both money and family influence heavily at this time of year, which can make it challenging for many.

Arm yourself with some of these tools, and your Christmas season can be just as merry as you want it to be. These are our top tips to help reduce the stress around Christmas. Read on and start feeling excited rather than overwhelmed…

1. Chill out for a while

Stop, breathe and delegate! There’s no need to do it all yourself; you’ll just end up feeling tired and fatigued. Be sure to include some “me” time every day – even Dr Libby Weaver recommends it. It might be breathing exercises, meditation or yoga, walking the dog, or simply sitting in the garden with a nice cuppa. The point is to take some time for you… 

Top Tips to Make Christmas Stress-free

2. Laugh and have fun

In the mad panic leading up to Christmas it’s all too easy to forget what the season is all about – celebration and FUN! Traditionally, Christmas was not so focused on the commercial aspect of buying copious amounts of presents, but rather on enjoying celebrations with loved ones. Focus your energy on enjoying the people around you, that’s the point after all.

Top Tips to Make Christmas Stress-free

2. Keep on top of your energy

It’s Christmas - you’re allowed to feel tired, but listen to your body. For most people their energy is strongest in the morning and starts to decrease around 3-4pm – this is a result of the body’s natural hormonal sleep and wake cycle. However, tiredness becomes a problem when we rely on false energy. Fixes like caffeine, which produce sharp boosts of cortisol and adrenaline cause highs and lows of energy, depleting the adrenal glands over time. Luckily, there’s a reasonably easy fix: have your coffee, but perhaps just one! Alternatively, you can swap it out for green tea, which is not as stimulating and has the added bonus of containing the naturally calming amino acid, L-theanine. 

Top Tips to Make Christmas Stress-free

Create sustainable energy by making good food choices. Avoid sugary treats and choose wholefoods, fresh fruits, nuts and seeds as snacks. You don’t have to skip all the nice treats but just make some healthier choices and this will enable your body to cope better with Christmas indulgences.

Oh, and if you’re craving chocolate – opt for organic cacao powder, which can be used to make some deliciously chocolatey (and healthy) treats.

3. Take a break every 90 minutes

Your body has a 24 hour clock called the ultradian cycle, and for this cycle to work at its best you need to take a break every 90 minutes. You can’t maintain high energy levels if you don’t calm down every now and then, and we all know that chronic stress depletes your energy levels. Magnesium and B vitamins are key supplements for supporting you through the festive season. Try adding supplements like Good Health Magnesium Sustained Release and Good Health B-Stress Free to your wellness plan now.

Top Tips to Make Christmas Stress-free

4. Check in on your general health

If you find that you lack motivation or don’t enjoy the festive season like you once did, it may be because you’re lacking energy in general, not that you’re over Christmas. You’re not supposed to feel tired all the time, so seeing your doctor for a blood test is a good starting point. They can check for things like an iron deficiency or megaloblastic anaemia (B12 or folate deficiency), or low thyroid function. Other causes of long term fatigue can also be caused by food allergies or adrenal fatigue.

Top Tips to Make Christmas Stress-free

5. Check in on your mood

Depression or anxiety can also be higher around Christmas, especially if you have difficult family relationships or are spending Christmas alone. Think about adding a supplement containing 5HTP to your daily mix - it is a precursor to serotonin, supporting healthy serotonin levels in the brain. Serotonin is a feel good brain chemical. Low levels have been linked to mood, premenstrual imbalances, stress, anxiety, poor sleeping patterns and carbohydrate cravings. Unlike antidepressants that recycle serotonin, 5HTP actually increases the production of serotonin in the brain.

Top Tips to Make Christmas Stress-free

The tips above can help you to feel a little more merry this Christmas. Listen to your body; surround yourself with a good support system and most importantly, try not to take the silly season too seriously.

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Top Tips to Make Christmas Stress-free

Christmas is just around the corner, which means extra pressure on top of the usual everyday stresses that many of us face. It’s a time for celebration but also exhaustion, with a whirlwind of social events and family commitments to add to your already bursting schedule. An article published just a few years ago talked about how stress affects sleep in up to 75% of Kiwi women, revealing that most women worry about finances and relationships. Both money and family influence heavily at this time of year, which can make it challenging for many. Arm yourself with some of these tools, and your Christmas season can be just as merry as you want it to be. These are our top tips to help reduce the stress around Christmas. Read on and start feeling excited rather than overwhelmed…

1. Chill out for a while

Stop, breathe and delegate! There’s no need to do it all yourself; you’ll just end up feeling tired and fatigued. Be sure to include some “me” time every day – even Dr Libby Weaver recommends it. It might be breathing exercises, meditation or yoga, walking the dog, or simply sitting in the garden with a nice cuppa. The point is to take some time for you… 

Top Tips to Make Christmas Stress-free

2. Laugh and have fun

In the mad panic leading up to Christmas it’s all too easy to forget what the season is all about – celebration and FUN! Traditionally, Christmas was not so focused on the commercial aspect of buying copious amounts of presents, but rather on enjoying celebrations with loved ones. Focus your energy on enjoying the people around you, that’s the point after all.

Top Tips to Make Christmas Stress-free

2. Keep on top of your energy

It’s Christmas - you’re allowed to feel tired, but listen to your body. For most people their energy is strongest in the morning and starts to decrease around 3-4pm – this is a result of the body’s natural hormonal sleep and wake cycle. However, tiredness becomes a problem when we rely on false energy. Fixes like caffeine, which produce sharp boosts of cortisol and adrenaline cause highs and lows of energy, depleting the adrenal glands over time. Luckily, there’s a reasonably easy fix: have your coffee, but perhaps just one! Alternatively, you can swap it out for green tea, which is not as stimulating and has the added bonus of containing the naturally calming amino acid, L-theanine. 

Top Tips to Make Christmas Stress-free

Create sustainable energy by making good food choices. Avoid sugary treats and choose wholefoods, fresh fruits, nuts and seeds as snacks. You don’t have to skip all the nice treats but just make some healthier choices and this will enable your body to cope better with Christmas indulgences.

Oh, and if you’re craving chocolate – opt for organic cacao powder, which can be used to make some deliciously chocolatey (and healthy) treats.

3. Take a break every 90 minutes

Your body has a 24 hour clock called the ultradian cycle, and for this cycle to work at its best you need to take a break every 90 minutes. You can’t maintain high energy levels if you don’t calm down every now and then, and we all know that chronic stress depletes your energy levels. Magnesium and B vitamins are key supplements for supporting you through the festive season. Try adding supplements like Good Health Magnesium Sustained Release and Good Health B-Stress Free to your wellness plan now.

Top Tips to Make Christmas Stress-free

4. Check in on your general health

If you find that you lack motivation or don’t enjoy the festive season like you once did, it may be because you’re lacking energy in general, not that you’re over Christmas. You’re not supposed to feel tired all the time, so seeing your doctor for a blood test is a good starting point. They can check for things like an iron deficiency or megaloblastic anaemia (B12 or folate deficiency), or low thyroid function. Other causes of long term fatigue can also be caused by food allergies or adrenal fatigue.

Top Tips to Make Christmas Stress-free

5. Check in on your mood

Depression or anxiety can also be higher around Christmas, especially if you have difficult family relationships or are spending Christmas alone. Think about adding a supplement containing 5HTP to your daily mix - it is a precursor to serotonin, supporting healthy serotonin levels in the brain. Serotonin is a feel good brain chemical. Low levels have been linked to mood, premenstrual imbalances, stress, anxiety, poor sleeping patterns and carbohydrate cravings. Unlike antidepressants that recycle serotonin, 5HTP actually increases the production of serotonin in the brain.

Top Tips to Make Christmas Stress-free

The tips above can help you to feel a little more merry this Christmas. Listen to your body; surround yourself with a good support system and most importantly, try not to take the silly season too seriously.

Top Tips to Make Christmas Stress-free

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