Nearly everyone I talk to cannot believe how near Christmas is and most of them have also said “ I still have so much to do!” Feeling that you still have so much to do as the Christmas deadline approaches, can make you feel stressed and overwhelmed, which in turn can lead to “stress related over eating” That feeling of being too busy to plan your meals or cook a nice healthy dinner can result in just grabbing things on the go or missing meals completely, which then often leads to you eating the most convenient thing you can find in the cupboard: biscuits, chocolate and other less healthy snacks.
In times of stress you need to “slow down” – I know that this is hard when you feel that you have so much to do, but it is actually the “counter-balance” to stress. Below are my top 10 tips for stress busting your Christmas Stress:
1) Turn off the phone and have a long soak in the bath. Just allow your aches, pains, tense muscles to relax and empty your mind really enjoying the warm water soothing your body.
2) Wrap up warm and go for a long walk. Take a friend with you and have a good old natter on the way. A problem shared etc……
3) As you are writing your Christmas cards or “to do” list, put on some uplifting music to help you chill out why you address the task in hand.
4) Curl up on the sofa for the evening and indulge yourself in a good book – you know one that takes you away from everything a bit like you probably do in the Summer on the beach!
5) Treat yourself to a relaxing massage or reflexology treatment, to release your physical tension- go on you deserve it!
6)Write down your stresses in a journal and how you feel. Chances are that what you are stressing about won’t actually happen and when you look back in a few months time, you will realise that most of it wasn’t worth stressing about anyway.
7) Sit down and do some deep breathing exercises for a few minutes – especially good if you are really starting to feel panicky or overwhelmed. Close your eyes, breathe in slowly through your nose to the count of three, hold for one, and breathe out slowly to the count of three. Do this 10 times and you will feel much calmer.
8) Have a good laugh: ring a friend who makes you laugh or put on your favourite comedy film and spend some time having a chuckle.
9) Go to the gym and have a good workout, do a class, or have a swim – exercise releases endorphins (the feel good chemicals) so will lift your spirits and after some exercise you are likely to sleep better.
10) And finally, put it all in to perspective! Christmas is just a couple of days in the whole year. I’m sure Auntie Flo will not mind if you have bought her a gift voucher instead of spending hours agonising over what present to buy her. In no time, it will all be over and done with so is it really worth getting so stressed about?
Happy Stress Busting Folks!