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Does the Christmas Season leave you feeling Stressed? Anxious? Overwhelmed?

December 4, 2019

Stress Free Christmas

Christmas should be a time of happiness, excitement and catching up with your loved ones. Are you worried about following a special diet or falling off the wagon over Christmas?

Unfortunately this is not always the case due to family issues, lifestyle changes such as following a 'special' diet, living away from family and friends or you could be working and not able to take a much needed holiday. Can you can relate to any of these issues?

As we all know, Christmas is a very stressful time of year, especially if you are following a ‘special’ diet. Whether you are following SIBO Bi-Phasic Diet Gluten Free, Dairy Free, Sugar Free, Paleo (just to name a few diets that I use here in clinic) or are now Vegetarian or Vegan. This can be stressful not just for yourself but also your hosts.  It is important to stay calm and let whoever is hosting the Christmas festivities such as lunch or dinner know (in advance) that you are on a ‘special’ diet and that you will bring a dish or two to contribute to the meal. This allows your host as well as yourself to relax and look forward to catching up.

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The danger areas for everyone over the Christmas period is usually found with the pre-lunch or dinner nibbles - dips, cheeses, crackers, chips, bowls of lollies and the fruit punches.  There are many healthy options that you can contribute to the table and no-one will be able to tell the difference!

Stay hydrated with a Healthy Drink

Alcoholic beverages are also a dangerous area due to not only being high in sugar but also causing intoxication before most people have eaten.  Alcohol can cause depression, anxiety, intensify negative emotions and inhibit sleep and this can lead to most family arguments starting ……..

There are many options that you can incorporate into how you choose to spend your Christmas

It is okay to choose your events that you wish to attend or if you must attend something that you really do not want to go to then stay for an hour and then leave before any ‘prior history’ has a chance to flare up.

Go for a walk after meals or find a quiet spot to rest. Mingle with other people that you do not see regularly. If you are working Christmas Day that’s always a great escape for overindulging at Christmas lunches or dinners and avoiding any prior issues that usually get brought up after a few drinks.

On a more positive note - Christmas can be celebrated with a combination of ‘healthy’ foods (you can always find a way to add bone broth or gelatine into your meals) and foods that are traditionally eaten over the Christmas period – such as Baked/Roasted Meats (Free Range or Organic), Fresh Seafood (wild caught) and homemade Plum Puddings, Pavlovas, Fresh Fruit Salad, Fresh Fruit Punches, Mocktails or Eggnog as well as Homemade Lollies.

There are many other reasons as to why you are feeling stressed or anxious or overwhelmed. These feelings along with chronic stress can lead to burnout or adrenal dysfunction - this can take years to build up to as it doesn't happen overnight! The World Health Organization recognises burnout as a serious health condition (see my previous blog about stress).

Naturopathy works beautifully to reduce the symptoms and affects of stress, anxiety, overwhelm, burnout and adrenal dysfunction. Katrina uses a holistic approach to treating all of these conditions with herbal medicine, nutrition and lifestyle support along with a few other specialised treatments.

If you are looking to have a better nights sleep over the Christmas and holiday period, feel calm and relaxed Katrina has appointments available at both her Yeronga and Moggill Clinics until the 20th December. Clinic re-opens on the 15th January 2020.

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