It is ok not be perfect or not attend every holiday party. You must protect your vital energy so you can enjoy the holiday season and come out on the other side more full than you were before. This is a time for soaking in the love of those around you. This is a time to slow down and savor each moment. There is no need for perfection or competition. There is no need to make yourself more busy than necessary. The next time you are feeling pressured or stressed, stop for a moment and take a deep breath. Remember what the meaning of the season is for you.
Are you doing the things most important to you?
Are you celebrating the season in the right way for you?
Solutions to help you thrive through the holiday season:
- Chiropractic adjustments: Chiropractic adjustments have a unique effect on the nervous system. An adjustment balances the sympathetic and parasympathetic nervous systems allowing the body to rest and repair. During this stressful time of year, it is even more important to take all of the precautions to help the body cope with the extra stress placed on it. This will ensure the nervous system, immune system, and digestive system are all functioning properly.
- Diaphragmatic breathing: During times of stress, the body reverts to shallow chest breathing. This does not allow for adequate oxygen to reach the brain and causes an increased stress response. Taking 3-5 minutes to practice diaphragmatic breathing will help to counteract the stress response caused by shallow chest breathing and give you a few quiet moments to relax.
- Nutrition/Supplementation: Ensure you are keeping up with mostly whole food nutrition. Enjoy a treat or two without guilt but try not to overload on sugar. Sugar causes inflammation and decreases the efficiency of the immune system. Sticking mostly with your regular nutrition plan will help keep your body and immune system functioning at their best. Vitamin D supplementation should also be considered during the winter when there are fewer daylight hours. Vitamin D is essential for immune function and regulating mood to reduce the risk of seasonal depression.
- Movement: Daily movement will help burn up any stress chemicals produced and stored in the body, elevating your mood. Movement will also help regulate blood sugar and improve circulation and mobility. You can choose the movement and the intensity. Some options are stretching, yoga, walking, swimming, and weightlifting. Finding an activity you love will make staying consistent with daily movement that much easier. Bonus points if your loved ones can join you!
- Essential Oils: Essential oils have an effect on the brain’s emotional center. Therefore, inhaling certain fragrances during times of stress can be beneficial to calm the nervous system, allowing the body to enter a state of relaxation and repair. Below are some of the best essential oils to diffuse in your home to help with stress:
- Citrus oils, like lemon or mandarin, will help lift your spirits
- A combination of orange and clove will boost your immune system
- Using lavender around bedtime will prepare your body for a relaxing night of sleep
Use these tips to keep your stress in check and enjoy the wonder of the season. Warm wishes to you and your loved ones!