It’s supposed to be a time of joy and time spent with loved ones, and for the most part Christmas and the festive season is all of that and more – but for some of us, it can also bring about an anxiety that creeps its way into these moments and makes you wonder why you bother to be a participant in such a busy and often chaotic time!
It’s not surprising that anxiety can come and find you during the holidays. Maybe you’re worried about Christmas lunch being at your house this year, or perhaps there are certain members of your family you would prefer to avoid. There’s also the exhaustion that comes with trying to keep up with the Christmas functions of your work, your partner’s work and your children’s school or kindergarten.
Here’s 5 things you should definitely try when faced with anxiety this festive season
Walking is a great way to reduce anxiety. If you’re feeling overcrowded or consumed by all the ‘busy’ then a walk can help you regulate your breathing, provide distraction and clear your mind. If walking isn’t your thing there’s also running, yoga, pilates, dance, weights or anything else that gets you moving!
2. Eat Well and Boost Your Nutrition
When you’re feeling anxious you will probably just want to reach for the rest of your Advent calendar or the ice cream tub, but eating well is what you really need. Swap alcohol for water and dish up a delicious seafood platter to get those Omega 3 fatty-acids into your body. Your physical and mental health will thank you for it. For an extra boost, try Hivita Stress: a complete multivitamin formula to help fight stress and fatigue and relieve mild anxiety.
3. Take a Nap
If you’ve had a lot of late nights or your mind is just tired of all the rushing around and commitments then put your feet up and take a nap. It can be easier said than done, but if you lay down with your phone out of reach you might find yourself nodding off. You’ll wake up feeling refreshed and focused.
4. Adjust Your Priorities
If everything is considered ‘high priority’ on your list, then you’re bound to become anxious. If the anxiety starts to wash over you, immediately adjust your priorities. Take a few things you thought were top priorities and reconsider them. They can become a low priority or something that can be wiped off the list completely. Once you say ‘no’ to something you’ll free up time to relax and you’ll feel better for it.
Tell a Friend
Some of us might want to crawl under our bedcovers and ignore the world for a while when stress and anxiety loom, but talking a friend might actually help validate your feelings and they might offer you a fresh perspective on how to handle a situation.
If you’re feeling stressed and anxious during the festive season, always remember there’s a solution and it won’t last forever! Keep on top of your physical and mental health and you’ll find yourself relaxed and enjoying yourself. Look no further than Hivita to find the best vitamin range to suit you and your family during the festive season and any other time of the year.
Thanks to Angela from School of Mum for sharing her tips with us.