Tis the season to be jolly, or sadly more often than not stressed. The last minute shopping, preparing all the food, visiting estranged family members, there is an endless list of things that seem to bring grief instead of cheer resulting in a range of health problems from physical to mental. Below are a few tips brought to us from allaboutyou in a bid to help us all from turning into the resident Scrooge.
Take a walk. Winter months mean longer nights and shorter days. With us spending most of our time in the dark its no wonder we see people skulking around looking miserable. Seasonal effective disorder is affecting more and more people each year and the best thing you can do to avoid things getting that far is to soak up some daylight and have a good exercise. The great outdoors has been proven to boost mood and self esteem so don your woollies and wellies and take a nice relaxing winter stroll.
Herbal and flower remedies are great for calming. If you are feeling the last minute Christmas rush getting under your skin then try Bach flower remedy for Impatiens. As the name suggests its great for agitation and impatience. The Bach centre also recommends Beech remedy for tense family reunions. Other herbal remedies will also work wonder. The age old camomile tea will ease away stress and bloating like a dream.
Good news, Turkey actually boosts spirits so don’t feel guilty about stuffing yourself silly with it! “It’s a good source of the amino acid tryptophan,” says Lisa Miles, a senior nutrition scientist at the British Nutrition Foundation. “This can be converted by the body into the feel-good neurotransmitter serotonin, known to elevate mood.
Finally, make sure you don’t try and take responsibility for everything on your own. It is a time when family come together and help each other out, there will be a great family atmosphere if you all come together to do things. Write a list of tasks to do and set everyone different jobs, this way the whole family will feel involved. Also remember that although Christmas is about family, you are also entitled to have some ‘me’ time so make sure you schedule some in.