The festive season is here, a time for maximum stress levels as we rush around trying to make sure everything is perfect for the big day. It can be overwhelming at times, as we want to join in all the festive activities during the month, which can leave us feeling drained and burnt out and craving some stress relief.
Stress can compromise our immune system, digestion and leave us feeling run down so we need to look after ourselves especially at this busy time of year so we can make the most of the festivities. Here are our top tips for stress relief this Christmas:
Prioritize Sleep: Don’t compromise sleep, this can lead to an increase in stress hormones, sugar cravings, and poor immunity- no one wants to get sick at this time of year. Good quality sleep allows our body to truly rest, have more energy for the day and the festivities and help our overall health. Reishi mushroom powder is a great choice to help the body relax and unwind and promote a sense of calm before bed- try our Reishi powder hot chocolate.
Self-Care: Allow time for a self-care practice, whether daily meditation, yoga, exercise or getting out for a walk in nature. Carving out this time can be great for stress relief, helping you to feel balanced and making you so much more productive in other areas for it.
Adaptogens: Adaptogenic herbs and mushroom supplements like Reishi powder and Cordyceps powder can help our body to adapt and cope during stressful times, improving our resilience to the damaging effects of stress and bringing balance to the body.
Hydrate: Alcohol and caffeine-staples at this time of year-are diuretic meaning they cause the body to lose water- you need to up your water intake especially if you indulge in them. Dehydration can lead to us feeling sluggish and fatigued, and less than productive so make sure you are staying hydrated so you can function properly.
Exercise: Getting outside in nature can be hard this time of year with colder, wetter weather and shorter days, but carve out some time each day to get outdoors. Daylight and fresh air can be the perfect choice for stress relief.
Say No: It’s so easy to say yes to everything during the holiday season, but you shouldn’t feel you have to say yes to every offering. If it is causing you stress by doing things you don’t really want to do, then say no to the things you aren’t really that excited by.
With a little focus on stress relief this season can be a fantastic time of relaxation and celebration with your loved ones. A time to unwind and reflect on the year that has passed and look forward to the year ahead.