We all know it can get a bit hectic around Christmas time. The last thing you need is to be stressed and run down when you’re trying to juggle everything that comes with the holidays. We’ve listed 5 easy, healthy ways for you to reduce stress this silly season so you can stay on top of everything.
Plan ahead – keep a diary
As Benjamin Franklin once said, “By failing to prepare, you are preparing to fail.” And he was really onto something. We all know it’s impossible to plan everything but you can definitely organize your months so everything flows a bit easier for you.
A great strategy is to buy yourself a diary or utilize your phone’s inbuilt calendar (everyone has one of those!) and make sure to write down every important lunch, meeting and commitment you have during the silly season. Set alarms for the really important stuff and leave any special notes for things you need to remember – like gift ideas for family members.
Be consistent with vitamins and supplements
There’s a good deal of research that suggests that multivitamins can help reduce stress levels.
This is an important one all year round, but during the holidays we tend to slack off a bit when it comes to our daily vitamins and supplements.
If you’re not being consistent with them then you leave yourself open to the possibility of getting sick – and you don’t want to be missing out on holiday time with family because you’re run down!
Along with a great multivitamin, it’s a really smart idea to be taking a probiotic every day. This combination will make sure you’re getting your required nutrients whilst maintaining the good bacteria levels in your gut. And a happy gut means healthy digestion, skin, hair and nails – so you’ll be glowing on the inside and the outside.
And if you’re looking for a bit of a brain boost during the holidays, make sure you’re getting your required omega 3 fatty acids by taking a quality krill oil supplement. There’s nothing worse than brain fog when you’re suffering through small talk at Christmas lunch!
Ask your family and friends for help
If you’re struggling with preparations for Christmas or needing a little down time amongst the chaos, don’t be afraid to ask for help. It’s likely that your family and friends will be more than happy to help out and it may even be more fun with a helping hand or two!
A great tip for Christmas lunch is to ask everyone to each bring a plate of finger food, a salad or something yummy to share around. This way, you’ll be able to take some of the financial pressure off yourself whilst freeing up some extra cooking time.
It’s okay to take a bit of a step back from exercise over the holidays and indulge in your time off. But studies show that staying active will keep you energized and ensure those post-exercise endorphins are pumping through your body to lift your mood and fight stress.
If you’re spending a lot of time with family during the silly season and worried you won’t be able to fit any exercise time in, you could suggest taking a walk to the park, going for a swim or busting out the football after the feasting is over.
As busy as you are, finding time to unwind and be mindful is super important for your mental and physical health. Meditation help you focus by clearing brain fog, lifting your mood and even reducing anxiety as shown in this research article. Meditation also teaches you breathing techniques that you can use in situations where you’re feeling stressed out – which will probably come in handy when family gatherings start getting a bit overwhelming.
If you’re not sure where to start, there are plenty of apps available that will take you through guided beginner’s meditations. So, no matter what your skill level, meditation is a great tool for anyone to help reduce stress this silly season.