• Nichole M, Nutritionist

Avoid stress this holiday season

Updated: Mar 2, 2020

Enjoy your holiday, this year without the worry of stress!

It's that time of year again. The Holidays are one of the most stressful times of the year, we are in the midst of the holidays right now. I am sure that many of you are already feeling some stress. As we are all rushing around finishing up holiday shopping, planning holiday dinners and parties. The work week is enough for most of us to handle, with out adding the additional stress that the holidays bring, the extra work, shopping and holiday parties, no wonder so many of us end up STRESSED out this time of year! Trouble sleeping, lack of energy, anxiety, trouble getting up in the morning and digestive issues can all be symptoms, that our bodies are more stressed than usual. Here are some helpful tips to help you deal with the stress of the holidays.

Take it easy: Don't forget that the holidays are a time of year that we are meant to enjoy and be with our loved ones and family, that is really what the holidays are meant to be about. Don't stress or worry about everything being perfect!

Make time for yourself: Take five or ten minutes out of your super busy day to sit and have a tea, hot chocolate or a glass of wine and just relax, you deserve it!

Don't let holiday shopping STRESS you out!: Can't find that perfect gift, short on time? Give gift cards instead, don't be worried about giving perfect gifts!

Plan everything: Have lists for shopping, if you are having a party or meal, make lists for shopping and your menu, food etcetera. This makes everything so much easier!

If you leave your shopping till the last minute, accept the fact that you will be waiting in long line ups. What else can I say, if you wait till the last minute you are going to be standing in line for a while. Plan ahead to avoid those line ups and avoid the stress!

Don't say YES to everyone: While everyone would sure love for you to be with them during the holidays, you need to make up your mind, where you are going to be. You can't be in two places at once. Don't plan to be at too many places or do too much travelling if it isn't what you enjoy doing!

Try to get 30 minutes of physical activity: physical activity is a great stress reliver, walking is wonderful, it doesn't have to be high impact to be a great physical activity.

Watch your sugar intake: I know that sweet treats are all around us this time of year, but keeping track of the sweet treats we eat and not overindulging on sugar can help with stress levels and our energy levels. You don't want to end up with a sugar rush, just to come crashing right back down again!

Excellent adrenal supplements are available for support during times of stress. If you are finding that you have tried the above tips and you still are experiencing symptoms.

Nichole Moffatt,

Certified Holistic Nutritionist

Inner Balance Health Solutions

5 Wellington Street East,

Omemee, ON K0L 2W0


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