It is supposed to be the season of joy, giving and fun, however for many christmas can be stressful, let me tell you, they don't call it the silly season for no reason!
From increased work demands to get everything finished before the break and suppliers go on holidays, to battling the crowds at the mall trying to get your christmas shopping done, financial stress of having to buy for expanding families and for some family is stressful enough, theres crazy Aunt Mary who won't sit next to cousin Peter and after several glasses of champagne xmas day can turn into a scene from Speed where just one wrong move can set off a bomb.
Then there's all the xmas parties to attend, lots of delicious (but rarely nutritious) food, copious amounts of alcohol, late nights and little sleep which puts added stress on your body, especially if you are suffering from adrenal fatigue, the added stress is like kryptonite to these little guys and it can leave you feeling even more exhausted, anxious and depressed.
But it doesn't have to be that way and Im going to share with you a few tips that can help to manage stress and your health so that you can enjoy the festive season and not feel burdened by it.
1. Pump up the self love
I am ALWAYS banging on about self love, it is not selfish, it is non-negotiable and absolutely necessary for a healthy and fulfilling life, even more so in times like these. Yes Christmas is the time for giving and it feels great for your soul to give to others and I encourage it, however its super important to give to yourself too. Make the time for yourself, don't let your self care routine slip because you are busy giving to others and remember that you must always fill up your own cup first.
2. Support your body
A lot of us end up partying like a rockstar over christmas which takes a toll on our health and our adrenals. If you have the energy to party this xmas then thats great hun but make sure you are supporting your body through it. Alcohol in particular depletes the adrenals and creates a lot of stress in the body. When you are not partying make sure you are eating lots of nutrient dense food to balance it out, smoothies and juices are a great way to inject nutrients into the body. Take extra vitamins and supplements that will lessen the burden on your adrenals and get to bed early and catch up on sleep and restore whenever you can.
3. Let go of perfection
Most people with adrenal fatigue are Type A perfectionists and xmas can amplify the need for everything to be perfect, especially if you are entertaining at your place. Let me tell you hun, who cares if you serve store-bought pudding, the xmas tree is missing a row of tinsel or the house has not been meticulously cleaned in every corner, no one will even notice or care! So what if you burn the turkey or the roast veg, it will be funny story to tell for years to come, 'remember when we burnt the turkey and had to eat canned beans for xmas dinner lol.' Some of my funniest and best memories are when random shit happened and we still laugh about this times today. Christmas is about celebrating life with family and friends and enjoying the holidays together. I can guarantee that you won't be going to your grave thinking 'Gee I wish the table was set perfectly or can't believe I forgot the cream that xmas back in 2015"
4. Learn to Say No
Its ok to say No. Just because its xmas doesn't mean that every request or demand put on you, you have to say yes to. Saying yes to everything especially at xmas is sure way to burn yourself out, sometimes somethings gotta give and trust me hun the world is not going to end if you say No once in a while. If you don't have the energy to attend the 4th party in a row, then say so, politely decline the invitation and look after yourself instead. Aunt Susan asks you to make a 3 layered homemade black forrest cake but you don't have the time or the energy then say No, offer to bring something less labour intensive or even bought from the store - shock horror! Pick and choose the things that you must do and those that you want to do and say No to all the rest. Try it sista, its so liberating!
5. Have fun and laugh
Last but definitely not least HAVE SOME FREAKING FUN! We get so caught up in our to do list and all the nuances of christmas and family drama that we forget to actually enjoy it. Life is too short to be sweating the small stuff, if there is ever a time that you can just let go, relax and have some fun its Christmas right? Take a load off, enjoy your break from work if you get one, celebrate the year thats gone and all of your achievements and be grateful for what you have. Life is precious, you are precious and celebrate that this Christmas xo