Now is the time when the chaotic energy starts to build with the onslaught of the many Christmas parties and get togethers leading up to Christmas day. Stress begins to heighten as your "to do" list seemingly increases with each waking moment. To help you to try and remain cool, calm and collected during this busy time we've come up with a few ideas.
Take Time Out
As crazy as this sounds in order for you to keep calm, you need to take just a short time out for yourself each day. Whether it is in the morning when you wake up or just before you go to sleep or really anywhere in between where you can safely close your eyes and have one minute to yourself. Here's a suggested breathing routine (from Harvard Health School) for you to try to help calm and centre you, so you are able to better deal with whatever the day throws at you.
Place your hand just beneath your navel so you can feel the gentle rise and fall of your belly as you breathe. Breathe in. Pause for a count of three. Breathe out. Pause for a count of three. Continue to breathe deeply for one minute, pausing for a count of three after each inhalation and exhalation.
Try Magnesium or MSM (source of organic Sulphur)
Magnesium is a truly fantastic mineral. Responsible for many vital enzyme reactions in your body including those impacting the nervous system, Magnesium is one very helpful mineral in times of stress. To help calm any anxieties, incorporate Magnesium into your daily routine. You may also notice as an added bonus your sleep may improve too.
Another helpful supplement to consider is MSM. MSM is a source of organic Sulphur that can help with many of today's health conditions. Increased energy and improved well-being are just one of these and something that can help to give you that extra boost you need to make it through this hectic time.
Moderation 80:20 rule
Always a great rule to follow in general although quite a tricky one with so many Christmas get togethers and parties happening during this time. But if you are able to stick closely to this rule and find some balance, you will find yourself not only feeling much better within yourself (e.g. lighter and not so stodgy) but your energy levels will not be affected so dramatically. As often time the food choices at these gatherings aren't the healthiest options, so by limiting this and keeping an eye on your alcohol intake will make a really big difference to your overall health and well-being.
If you arm yourself with a few of these tips hopefully you will get through Christmas fairly unscathed and make it through to the other side! The choice is yours. Good Luck!