It’s been drilled into our heads that the holiday season should bring nothing but love and cheer—tis the season to be jolly, after all. But between busy holiday schedules, the financial stress of gift buying, and the perils of holiday eating, it’s easy for stress to creep in and cloud the happiest time of the year.
Instead of moving through the motions this year, follow these 5 tips to relieve holiday stress and enjoy time with the ones you love.
Remind Yourself What This Season is Truly About
In today’s world, it’s easy to get caught up in the holiday rush. But this time of year is about spending quality time with friends and family and giving because we want to, not because we feel obligated to. Get back into the true spirit of things by prioritizing time over money and memories over objects.
Allow Yourself to Indulge Without Guilt
We all agree that it wouldn’t feel like the holidays without a little food-related stress. But the key to better holiday nutrition isn’t depriving yourself of treats, or making yourself miserable with guilt. In fact, food-guilt is proven to sabotage health and weight loss goals even further.
Instead, start each meal by filling half your plate with fruits and veggies and then add on your holiday favourites. When it comes to sweets, allow yourself to enjoy in moderation.
Combat Seasonal Affective Disorder
Some of the stress you’re feeling may not even be related to your holiday to-do list. More and more Canadians are feeling the effects of Seasonal Affective Disorder (SAD), which has a big impact on mood and sleep.
To combat SAD load up on dark green veggies like kale, spinach, broccoli and brussel sprouts which aid in the production of feel-good chemicals like serotonin and dopamine. You can also book an appointment with one of our Naturopathic Doctors to see what supplements can help with SAD.
Listen to Your Body
Are you feeling overwhelmed, anxious, or constantly fatigued? With cold and flu season in full effect, it’s important to give yourself a break when you notice signs of stress. The holidays present a great excuse to spend a day on the couch watching movies, after all.
Don’t Put Self-Care on the Back Burner
People often drop their regular routines around the holidays because the season can be so hectic. That won’t help with maintaining your health. Continue with your regular schedule of self-care, whether it be going to the gym, doing yoga, or visiting one of our practitioners.
Book your next appointment online and learn how we can help you stay physically and mentally healthy during the holidays.