Five natural ways to keep your COVID Christmas Merry
Christmas can be a hectic time, and due to the uncertainty of COVID, this year may be more stressful than ever before. Not only are their presents to buy, kids finishing the school year with exams, formals and presentations, there’s also Christmas work functions to attend, and that’s all before you even consider how to bring the family together for this strange kind of holiday.
There’s no kissing, or hugging. Hand sanitiser and masks on to keep your elderly safe. No shared platters of food, and who will you invite if there are number restrictions! Christmas is supposed to be a time to connect, so a COVID Christmas may be stressful, overwhelming or upsetting at times. Here are five natural ways to keep your COVID Christmas merry.
1) Laugh more
Laughing stimulates circulation and helps your muscles relax. Not only does laughter trigger the release of endorphins (the body’s natural feel-good chemicals), the positive effects of laughing can be felt for up to 45 minutes after the laugh ends. Try watching a funny movie, tv show, or even a cat video on youtube to get you smiling and laughing.
2) Breathe Deeply
Deep breathing increases the supply of oxygen to your brain and stimulates the parasympathetic nervous system, which helps to reduce stress and anxiety. Breathing techniques can also reduce over active thinking, and help you feel connected to your body as the breath quiets the mind. Try this easy breathing technique to bring about a state of calmness: Inhale slowly and deeply through your nose until your stomach fills. Hold this breathe as long as you can. Exhale slowly through your mouth. Repeat this breathing exercise until you feel your body relaxing.
3) Remain calm with Essential Oils
Studies have shown that essential oils can help relieve stress, relax the body, and promote better sleep. The use of Essential oils on the brain’s neuroreceptors, has even been shown to have similarities to some anti-anxiety medications. This affect on the brain explains why scents can quickly trigger physical reactions in the body and have lasting effects after the scent is gone. Many oils can ease anxiety and bring a sense of calm. Try a few drops of Lavender, Ylang Ylang, Rose or Frankincense in a oil diffuser, or even in a bath.
4) Eat a colourful diet
Holidays are for relaxing, but keeping a healthy colourful diet will make sure your energy levels stay high. Eating a variety of colorful foods with every meal is vital for maintaining good nutrition and health. Red foods are loaded with powerful antioxidants that can help reduce the risk of cancer and protect against heart disease and stroke. Orange foods are full of vitamin A, which is important for healthy skin, a strong immune system, and good eye health. Yellow foods contain beta-cryptoxanthin which can reduce your risk of developing inflammatory disorders, such as rheumatoid arthritis. Green vegetables are some of the most nutritionally charged foods around, packed full of fibre, vitamins and minerals, and their high content of antioxidants makes them possibly one of the best cancer-preventing foods. Eat colourful, stay healthy, and feel the benefits of taking care of your body.
5) Stay in Gratitude
There have been multiple studies on the link between gratitude and well-being. It’s proven that gratitude effectively increases happiness and reduces depression. Being in gratitude also improves confidence, sleep patterns, and promotes better relationships. Although this year may have it’s challenges, don’t lose site of being grateful for what you have. Try 15 minutes jotting down a few grateful sentiments each day to reflect on, to maintain your perspective.
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