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10 Ways to Deal with Stress During the Holidays – the Menopause Edition

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10 ways to deal with stress during the holidays

One of the most common phrases we come across in December is “It’s the most “wonderful time of the year”.

Most of us look forward to the Christmas holidays and the beginning of the new year. Often the weekends along the holidays provide us with the opportunity to relax and spend more time with family and close friends.

This period of the year can be very jolly but also full of stress. Family responsibilities, preparing endless meals, buying gifts, organising and attending Christmas parties all can make us feel exhausted very quickly.

However, it’s totally possible to minimise the exhaustion, anxiety and mood swings that will inevitably get triggered. Try to enjoy this time of year to the fullest because it only lasts a few weeks.

Here are some ideas about how you can relieve your fatigue and stress during the Christmas holidays:

1. Don’t overload yourself with tasks

Choose a few activities that you know you’ll enjoy and fully immerse yourself in them. Skip the rest! There is no need to drag yourself from place to place. Quality over quantity.

2. Be smart about your planning

If you are expecting guests, don’t feel like you need to cook absolutely everything by yourself. You can buy some cooked dishes or ask guests to bring appetisers or desserts.

3. Lower your expectations

There are no perfectly organised Christmas lunches. Look at each mistake as an opportunity to become more flexible and adaptable. If you’ve bought all gifts last-minute or you’ve burned one of the dishes, that will not ruin the holidays. On the contrary, these will be fun memories to laugh at in the future. If something goes wrong, it’s not the end of the world.

4. Set boundaries

It is extremely important to set boundaries with your friends and family. If you haven’t clarified what you intend to prepare and organise this year and what you want, where you need help, etc., then now is the time to do it.

 5. Get enough sleep

Your body needs rest. 7-8 h hours of sleep is what you typically need to restore your body and to calm down. If you suffer from anxiety, lack of sleep could make you even more anxious. It has been proven that afternoon naps also have a wonderful effect on our body and mind.

6. Proactively look after yourself

During the holidays it is very easy to forget about your own well-being. Try to take at least 15 minutes each day to do something soothing and relaxing. Make it a habit. You can drink a cup of your favourite tea, meditate, read an interesting book and give yourself the pampering you deserve. Check out our Skincare Collection which includes three best selling products that can help your skin feel and look better: Meno Blend (food supplement), SWALK hyaluronic acid (premium hyaluronic acid serum) and Rosey Rain (cooling spray).

7. Exercise

Exercise is known to have great benefits in reducing stress and blood pressure and making menopause symptoms more manageable. Even just a walk outside can help you calm down. Go for the activities you like the most – yoga or simple stretches, run, HIIT training, a Zumba class, strength training. Anything that moves your body and will energise you.

What if you’re still feeling anxious, overwhelmed or you’re experiencing severe mood swings?

  • Accept your mood – it’s not such a big deal if you’re not beaming with happiness. You’re allowed to feel grumpy or depressed. Just not to take these moods too seriously as they’ll likely go away quickly.
  • Spend time with people you love – surround yourself with people high on happy energy – the good mood is contagious
  • If finances are what worries you, set a realistic budget and stick to it.
  • Maintain healthy habits: eat well, exercise and take time for yourself.
  • Do something good for others – spend some time with elderly relatives, or get involved with charity initiatives – doing good for others will make you feel uplifted
  • Try to appreciate the good things in your life instead of focusing on what you don’t have

This holiday season, make sure you take enough time for the most important person in your life – you. Do all the fun things you want to do – ice skating, museums, Christmas exhibitions, splurging on new clothes. Don’t overload yourself with tasks and don’t forget to make enough time for rest and slowing down. Be mindful and focus on the present, no point fixating on the past or worrying about the future.

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If you are depressed,
you are living in the past.
If you are anxious,
you are living in the future.
If you are at peace,
you are living in the present.
– Lao Tzu –

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