I remember as a kid looking forward to Christmas with such anticipation and excitement!
Do you remember how you just couldn’t wait for the big day?
School holidays, visiting relatives, Santa, parties, presents!
One thing I wasn’t aware of back then was how stressful December and festive season madness could be. Hey, I was a kid!
Now that I’m all grown up with my own family, the impending end of year pressures are beginning to loom. Good intentions, willpower and routines can go to hell in a handbag.
December can mean soaring stress levels as time gets shorter, shopping lists get longer, the kids’ school activities call and parties fill up your spare time.
Stats show that more heart attacks occur from November to the New Year. No wonder!
So, let’s look at how you can get through to January with your health and sense of humour intact.
Here’s 5 tips to keep you focused and feeling on top of the festive season:
1. Get organised – I’m a big fan of the To-Do-List, just so long as the List itself doesn’t cause you overwhelm. By crossing things off your list, you get a sense of satisfaction which keeps you moving forward. It’s also a great way to remember everything.
2. Don’t sweat the small stuff – it’s easy to get caught up in the details and lose track of the meaning behind Christmas – spending time with people you love. Worrying over whether you’ve picked the exact right gift for someone will drain your valuable energy, and honestly, they won’t care. Let the stuff go that isn’t important.
3. Support your body – now’s the time to take those supplements you’ve probably shelved in the back of the cupboard like B Vitamins, Vitamin C, Zinc, Magnesium, fish oil, probiotics and perhaps some liver support to get you through the party season unscathed.
4. Choose party foods carefully – it’s so tempting to overeat at this time of year, especially over a couple of drinks with friends. Make wise food and snack choices that don’t mess with your digestion. Nobody likes the bloating and gas that comes from overindulgence 🙂
5. Keep hydrated – keep your water intake up and alternate your alcoholic drinks with a glass of water when having fun. Alcohol will dehydrate you as the body needs water to break down the alcohol and your body will draw it out of body tissues if there isn’t enough on board. Ever wonder why you you’re so dry after a big night?
But, most importantly, Christmas is a time for relaxation, family, holidays and fun. Enjoy!
With you health in mind,
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Catherine McCoy is an Integrative Naturopath, Health Coach, Writer and Presenter who is the founder of the iNaturally Clinic in Canberra, ACT.
Catherine works with women who are sick and tired of being tired and stressed to regain their health and get their life back on track.