According to the Oxford dictionary, the definition of holiday is: a day of festivity or recreation when no work is done. Well, we all know too well, there’s plenty of work involved in preparing for the holidays.managing stress

Our stress levels often rise at this time of year for many reasons including financial and family issues. Here are my top tips to help you manage your stress this holiday season:

• Eat nutrient rich diet. While you want your tastebuds to enjoy themselves, keep sweets & treats in check.
• Delegate some of the holiday chores, household and childcare responsibilities to other family members.
• Avoid sugar and white flour products. Ironically, these are the foods that many stressed people are drawn too. Eating them in excess leads to hypoglycaemic symptoms (blood sugar highs and lows), which only aggravates your stress even more.
• Avoid caffeine, alcohol and nicotine, which are stimulants and can increase stress levels
• Manage your stress – through exercise, yoga, time for yourself, and learning to balance your work and home life
• Make quality sleep and rest a priority.
• Replacing unpleasant, worrying and limiting thoughts with loving and positive thoughts. We can be our own worst enemy in this department. Our kindness extends to others quite freely and yet we tend to forget to be kind to ourselves.
• Surround yourself with positive, loving people.
• Spend fifteen minutes a day doing something that brings you joy.

Even incorporating a few of these tips can go a long way to helping you bring back the joy and wonder of the season. Wishing you and your loved ones a blessed holiday filled with special memories.

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