So today I set out in my car to do a few chores, and whoa and behold, so did the rest of Sydney. It’s the first day of December, Summer is officially here, and so are the Christmas Crazies. TRAFFIC everywhere, no car spaces, people people people rushing about. I have a feeling its about to get worse.
So how can we all hold it together, and come from a place of calm and happiness instead of stressing and rushing.
Simple little ‘pauses’ as my good friend Dr Libby likes to encourage and talk about. On a recent visit to her latest talk, she reminded us to take small pauses through out the day, to slow down our nervous system and drown out the stress. During the pause think of something you are grateful for, as we can never be stressed and grateful at the same time. Take a couple of nice deep belly breaths, and continue on with your day. It’s a few seconds to stop and pause, and calm yourself down.
Become mindful of what you are fuelling yourself with, but don’t feel guilty if you grab something that doesnt nourish you. Its a few weeks of mayhem, give yourself a break! Schools over, kids are demanding and whining, so if it suits, get prepared. Have some little bags of nuts prepared, some bananas to easily grab, a water bottle. Amp up a morning smoothie with some green leafy veggies, add extra veggies to your plate at dinner. Small effort with help keep your nutrient intake up.
It’s ok to say no to that drink, it’s also ok to say yes! Again be mindful, have water between each glass of wine. Remember that alcohol adds a load to your liver and stress to your nervous system, so long term it may cause a bit of havoc. Can you implement other ways to calm down at the end of a busy day? Can you replace one night of drinking with a yummy substitute like Kombucha (check out Kombucha Zest awesome flavours, your gut will love you for it too!)
Go easy on yourself! Be kind to yourself, you can only do what you can do. Be thankful you get the chance to run around and prepare for the festive season. Be thankful there is a family to spoil.
Perhaps try to get to a yoga class to, have a little ‘you time’, even a 5 second step outside to sigh! I understand the pressures of being a busy, working mum with to do lists a mile long! I also struggle to find time for myself…i’m getting a bit better at it!
Some nourishment for you to consider throughout the next month
- Supplement support, especially B vitamins and Vitamin C
- Amp up your greens
- Some kind of exercise, yoga, pilates, a quick walk around the block
- Family time, spend some quality time together
- Thankfulness & Gratitude for what you do have
- Include some fermented foods for gut support, sauerkraut, kombucha
- Have a laugh. watch Bad Moms (EVERYTIME giggles!)
Have a super Merry Festive Season