Top tips for coping with holiday season stress
The holiday season is a very busy and stressful time for most people. Are you feeling ready for it? Taking the time now to prepare yourself for the intense time ahead might make all the difference.
They don’t call it the silly season for nothing! While the festive season can be filled with happiness and fun, for a lot of us, it can be quite a stressful time. Stress at this time of year might come from impending end-of-year work deadlines, too much to do and not enough time to do it, or the thought of spending another Christmas day with your weird old Uncle Albert!
Whichever form your holiday season stress takes, it might leave you feeling a little tired, emotionally drained and overwhelmed.
What does silly season stress look like?
Stress affects us all differently, and you might experience it differently to those close to you. Overall, you may feel as though your reserves are lacking and/or that you’re overstimulated and not able to give every day 100%.
While things are stressful, you might feel tired, moody and like you’re not functioning at your best mental capacity.
Prepare yourself for holiday season stress
Although you might not be aware of it when it’s happening, your day-to-day stress can build up over time, resulting in you feeling extra depleted. Good news! Taking the steps now to get yourself ready for the busy time ahead might help you to cope with your stress more efficiently.
B-complex to the rescue
You might have heard of B-complex vitamins before. They are a group of 8 different vitamins, which work together to support your health and vitality.
Support for stress
These important vitamins (specifically vitamins B5 and B6) support your body to respond to stress in a healthy way. Collectively, the B-complex vitamins also help with healthy nervous system function.
Keep your energy up
B complex vitamins also help your body with energy production (including vitamins B1, B2, B3, B5, B6, B12 and biotin) to maintain your energy levels and vitality.
Balance your mood
Vitamin B6 is very helpful for helping with healthy mood balance, which you’re probably needing at this time of year if you’re feeling a bit like Ebenezer Scrooge! Vitamin B6 helps with producing neurotransmitters (brain chemicals) such as the ‘feel good’ serotonin.
Other ideas to make it to the New Year’s fireworks in one piece
Get plenty of sleep: Ensuring you get enough zzzz’s will help boost your energy levels, your ability to cope with stress, and your concentration
Eat well: Christmas and the festive season are a delicious time of year. While allowing yourself a small few treats, be sure to eat a healthy, balanced diet with plenty of fresh fruit, vegetables and wholegrains for fuel to provide your body and mind to keep on going. You’ll thank yourself later! And, if you feel like you could do with some extra nutritional support, consider a multi vitamin and mineral formula
Be kind to your liver: While it might be tempting to have a few extra alcoholic beverages over the silly season with the rest of them, try to limit your alcohol consumption. It can interfere with that sleep and rest your body is crying out for - and might encourage you to eat an unhealthy diet
Drink plenty of water: It can be easy to forget to drink water when you’re busy, but water is your friend! Staying hydrated is important at any time of year, but particularly in the warmer months and/or when you’re stressed, so be sure to drink at least 2-3 litres per day (TIP: If you’ve been exercising in the heat and perspiring a lot, consider adding some magnesium and other electrolytes to your water)
Get moving: Regular exercise helps clear your head, boost your energy and improve your all-important sleep. Aim for at least half an hour most days of the week
- Plan a holiday: Even if you don’t take time off at the end of the year, planning a future break can help with a positive mindset and give you something fun to look forward to. You deserve it!