Our top 5 tips for managing holiday stress
The holidays are a time of celebration, however, for some the holidays are the most stressful time of the year.
Self-care is often put on the back burner as we're busy finishing up the last bits of work before the New Year, shopping, cooking, organising and socialising. During this time, it is important to remember that to put your best self forward and remain present and calm, taking a few mins out of the day for your own needs is essential.
Top tips for minimising holiday stress
1. Take the time to make a nourishing meal or snack. Often, we neglect healthy eating patterns during times of stress, turning to easy options that ultimately make us feel sluggish. Making time to nourish your body is vital. Bonus tip: 1 serving of Good Green Stuff contains over 75 nutrient-rich ingredients, providing comprehensive nutritional support
2. Give yourself permission to not have expectations of your yourself, surroundings or outcomes. Saying no to that holiday party to slow down and make time for yourself is the ultimate form of self-care. The season is about enjoyment and not guilt.
3. Bake! Baking is therapeutic (and also delicious) and can be a great way to show loved ones that you care. Spread the love and positivity through some delicious handmade baked goods. Click here for our 3 favourite festive treats.
4. Get up and move. Make an effort to move as much as possible - take a walk as a family or dance to cheesy Christmas carols and let loose. Movement will help the excess sodium and alcohol pass and also prompt your lymphatic system to work on eliminating anything your body doesn’t need to store sooner.
5. But also know when to slow down and just enjoy. The holidays only come around once a year, and life is busy. Remember to take deep breaths, absorb your surroundings and try to make the most of the holidays, however you choose to celebrate. Remember Christmas is a time for giving, gratitude and time with your loved ones. Being present and mindful will help you to create longer lasting memories, beginning the year relaxed and refreshed.