Our survival guide for all you hard-working Superwomen and Supermen will help you reduce stress around Christmas. It’s a time of year that comes when we’re at our most tired and yet it’s so busy so we’ve come up with these helpful, healthy tips so you survive and thrive.
Remembering to Breathe
Stress and Christmas sort of goes together like turkey and cranberry sauce but it doesn’t need to be this way. Breathing exercises are an instant stress buster, it doesn’t cost any money and anyone can do it. Breathing is the source of energy but if you practice good breathing you’ll feel a sense of calm, the mind gets a chance to slow down and you start to feel more energised.
The art of deep breathing can be done sitting down, standing up and walking. Inhale deeply and slowly into your abdomen and fully exhale completely through your mouth just letting it all go.
Nutrient Dense Foods
“One cannot think well, sleep well, love well if one has not dined well” Virginia Woolf
Eating nutrient dense foods such as salmon, kale, spinach, almonds and all green leafed vegetables is one of the most important ways we can look after our physical and mental wellbeing. Avoid processed and pre-packaged foods and eat as much fresh, organic produce as you can.
Eating completely naturally helps with stress relief because we can’t control what’s going on around us but when you feed your body and mind with good food, you’re better able to control your stress level and your reaction to tense situations. Once you’re full of nutrient dense foods not even the big queues whilst doing all your Christmas shopping will bother you and you’ll have much needed extra energy too.
Exercise, Move and Stretch for Stress Relief
Do you know what happens to the body and mind when we exercise? Blood flow to the brain increases which means it is getting a nice dose of oxygen and glucose which improves your mental wellbeing. Exercise creates endorphins which is a feel good hormone and it helps with sleep so even if you do a little exercise or a lot you’ll feel better and look great as well.
Stretching just feels so good and there’s are so many wonderful relaxation techniques that include stretching. You can do some yoga at a class or you are bound to find some great videos on the Internet. Stretching also allows you some time out for yourself so make it part of your daily routine.
Supplements B, C, Magnesium and Herbs Withania, Rhodiola and Magnolia
Stress relief from supplements and herbs improves and takes care of your natural good health. During this super busy time of year it’s even more important to top up your health tank with supplements and healing herbs.
The herb magnolia is an ancient herb that helps with a number of health issues but due to its high Vitamin E compound is an incredible stress buster. Rhodiola strengthens the nervous system so perfect little pick me up this time of year and withania is another safe and super effective herb for good health and wellbeing.
Take a good long look at your diet and if it’s looking a bit shabby now’s the time to eat well and ensure you are getting enough vitamins and minerals for optimum health. You need all the micronutrients you can get! Our qualified naturopaths can assess anyone to see what might be missing in their diet and then help put together a healthy eating, supplement and medicinal herbal plan for better living.
Learn to Say No and Only Do the Things That Bring You Joy
This Christmas it’s about time you finally learnt to say no to the big and the small stuff. Don’t get caught up in the guilt trap because you deserve to do things that bring you joy. There is no such thing as a perfect anything and that includes a perfect Christmas so this year focus on your good health first and then you might just find you’ll have the time of your life.
Visit us at www.naturalfamilyhealth.co.nz if you’re worried about stress and Christmas. Our holistic healthcare approach looks at all the areas of your life that need support. Our friendly and professional health and wellbeing advice looks after you and your health because you are what you eat, think and do.