The holidays can be a stressful, emotionally overwhelming and chaotic time of year.
Between all the work events, kids extra curricular activities, baking, shopping for that perfect gift, family get togethers and more. Time seems to just slip away and the crush of it all keeps building up.
As a mom, I find it a difficult time of year to take care fo myself, everyone else and stay healthy while doing it all!
I’m sure you feel the same way.
I can’t even count the number or years that I’ve fallen ill just before Christmas, because I was doing way too much for too many people. Which meant, I didn’t really get to enjoy the final relaxing part of the holidays with my loved ones.
In light of this, I’ve created the Holiday Survival kit! (click on the link or picture to read more about it)
If you struggle with the holidays, no matter what the cause, here are a few things you can do, that will help you to:
Survive The Holidays
With Your Sanity & Health Intact!
(taken from my Holiday Survival Kit E Book)
~ Eat as cleanly as you can. I know it can be super hard this time of year, but try to reduce the amount of processed carbohydrates you eat.
We all know how much sugar spikes our energy and mood up and down. This chaos in digestion will only glorify any of the chaos going on at a mental and emotional level too.
I get that we are all going to imbibe in sugary things over the holidays. So my suggestion, is to simply to do so in moderation and with self awareness. As well as add digestive enzymes and prebiotic to every meal, as a way to help support your digestion from any over indulgences or improper foods. The Holiday Survival Kit also comes with a great digestive support remedy!
Be sure to still eat moderate amounts of protein and increase your consumption of healthy fats, which feed the brain and body a more stable energy. The more healthy fats you eat the less you will crave those tempting sweet treats and the less energy crashes you’ll have.
Sugar also weakens the immune system and with all the holiday events and more interactions you will be having, it’s always a good idea to keep your immune system as strong as possible.
~ Reduce and eliminate toxins. Drink at least one glass of purified water with the juice of half a real lemon, every day. The best time, is first thing in the morning on an empty stomach.
You can also get my Hangover Survival kit, which has specific remedies to help you cleanse and detox any toxins from your body.
~ Take a quality supplement to help balance your energy and mood. Choose one that is in as much whole food form as possible, to ensure you absorb it all and create no extra toxins or imbalances.
Make sure that it contains lots of minerals and B vitamins, as these support your adrenals. When we are stressed, it is the adrenals that trigger our “fight or flight” symptoms, leading to fatigue and foggy thinking.
You could also look at some great adaptogens. These are natural substances that help the body adapt to stress and to exert a normalizing effect upon bodily processes. A well-known example is ginseng. My favourites are Ashwagandha, licorice and Astragulus.
Read more here -> 7 Adaptogenic herbs to Reduce Stress
~ Get qualitative sleep and rest. Late nights and early mornings are a huge part of the Holidays. However, getting enough sleep is vital to coping with the emotional and mental issues that arise when dealing with complex families!
If you struggle with your sleep, you can try these support tools:
Melatonin as a supplemental support when needed can sometime work well. Not always effective for everyone. Biochemical individuality always plays a role in how a substance will react in your body.
You can also try L-Glutamine and/or L-Tyrosine, 1000mg divided into 2 doses, can be taken daily near bedtime to help you sleep easier and more fully.
Another trick I use is ear plugs! They are a godsend when I am away from home and not used to the strange noises. Or, if your partner makes a lot of weird noises while sleeping. I sleep like a log when I can’t hear any noise.
For more tips and tricks be sure to go through the comprehensive e-book that comes with the Holiday Survival Kit.
~ Body work – I highly suggest you take some time just prior to, or over the holidays to go and get some physical body work done. This is a great way to prepare and pamper yourself. Massage in any form is pure bliss! Acupuncture can help open up your life force which will allow you to flow and be more energized. Even a facial, mani or pedi is worth the time and money if it brings you a peaceful state of mind.
Purposefully taking time for yourself
is a positive step in Self Love!
Mental and Emotional Support
We all know that families are a highly complex web of unique individual’s.
Each bringing their own life experiences, pain and trauma with them wherever they go.
Some individual’s feel compelled to hang on to those trauma and inflict their pain on anyone close to them, especially around the holidays!
Just remember that we all have free will and the ability to choose how we act and react to life and the choices of the people in it.
If you are away from home, or even at home for that matter during the holidays and you feel trapped by circumstances; always remember that you have a choice at any time to walk away, literally!
If you are somewhere and feeling unsettled or upset, simply go outside for a walk. Focus your mind on something that brings joy to your heart. It can be anything, provided it settles your thoughts and emotions on to a single event or time where you felt complete peace and joy. Sometime just breathing in the life energy of the universe goes a long way. Stay focused on this cherished moment as long as you can, until you feel relaxed physically, calm and at peace, mentally and emotionally.
~ Beliefs Are another difficult area that comes up, when extended families get together is personal beliefs. Everyone has beliefs, we are born into them, and we develop them as we go through life. Beliefs are neither right nor wrong, they are simply where you are as an individual right now. Problems arise, when individuals feel the need to impinge their belief on to you. As long as your belief’s about yourself and your life is creating positive growth, then there is no need to change it.
A healthy belief is one you can let go of when the time is right to move on. When someone you know and love, or like, becomes intent on forcing their opinion on you, there are a few things you can do to minimize this stress.
[A more extensive look at beliefs and how you can recognize and manage your own can be found in the Holiday Survival e-book]
~ Honour your own emotions. If you find that during a discussion you get emotionally caught up in it, know that those emotions are yours! Honour them, by acknowledging them quietly within yourself. Admit that you have some deep belief surrounding this as well; that can be worked on by yourself at a later date. If you can at the time, make a mental note of the emotions and thoughts which are are triggered in you by the other person. Know that these are your old beliefs and emotional trauma’s that you are still hanging on to somewhere deep inside. They are best worked on however, when you can objectively process them by yourself or with a qualified practitioner. Not during what should be a joyful celebration of family and friends!
~ Choose a positive outlook. Sounds simple enough, but I know how hard it can be to stay positive during family get togethers. Other people’s struggles and views can become overwhelming. If you make a personal commitment to yourself today, to stay as positive as possible, and are able to remind yourself often; it will help to lessen the pull of other’s negativity.
~ Learn to say NO with grace! One of the main reason’s we often get overwhelmed during the holidays, is an inability to put up our own boundaries. It can be hard to say no to loved ones. However, the best way to save your own health and sanity during hectic times is to decide what you truly can and want to do and what you can’t and don’t want to do. Be a little narcissistic this holiday season, but in a healthy way!
~ Take time for yourself. With all the rush and travel of the holiday’s, be sure to take some time; either daily, or every few days to find some time to slow down and honour yourself. You can do this with some simple “me” time like a nice soak in the tub, purposeful relaxation techniques or even booking some pampering time, such as, a hot stone massage, deep tissue work, mani or pedi, or what ever helps you to slow down and unwind.
~ Use iaomai remedies to release unwanted emotions and beliefs. One of the safest, most effective natural methods I have found to help release all old, unwanted emotional and mental baggage.
I hope that these tips and suggestions; which are all taken from my Holiday Survival Kit, help you to get started on having a very merry and healthy holiday season.
What do you struggle with the most over the holidays?
In whole health,
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