We’ve reached that crazy time of year again, when everyone at work wants everything done before Christmas. There are school exams and prize givings and events filling up social calendars and you somehow need to fit in Christmas Shopping with looking after general everyday life.
Here are some general tips to help keep your stress levels under control during this time of year:
- Try to get a good 7 to 8 hours sleep at night
- When it comes to eating - be prepared!
- Online grocery shopping – either click and collect or home delivery is a great time saver
- Buy food that you can prepare quickly from scratch – steak and salad or steamed veggies are quick and healthy to prepare.
- Follow that up with an easy dessert like fresh strawberries and yoghurt.
- Cooking a roasted joint or a large stew or curry during the evening to have over the next few days is also a good way to know that there is something in the fridge when you get home.
- If you are caught out and in a rush on the way home, avoid the drive through line and pick up a cooked chicken and a bag of salad from the supermarket.
- The power of “No!”. Toddlers learn it really quickly, but somewhere along the way we start to feel obliged to attend all the social events and do all things. Release your inner toddler. You too can say “no” (just hold off on the tantrums ).
- You can also allow yourself to say “no” to that extra glass of wine or beer. Your liver will thank you and you will have better quality sleep. Alcohol causes dehydration, so make sure you have a large glass of water before going to bed after having a few drinks.
- Buying locally made gifts is a great way to support small businesses, but if you are too busy to get to the local shops or markets and run out of time for online shopping to be delivered then vouchers or cash are perfectly fine – and that way the recipients can get what they want to.
- Make sure you have some personal chill out time. Mindful walking, a hot bath with Epsom salts, curling up on the couch with a magazine or watching a funny movie.
If you want some more help with managing your stress or related health issues, just click on my “Book Now” button to book a consultation with me. I still have some appointments left for this year. Or get a head start for the new year and book in with me from the end of January.