Dec 4, 2018
Posted by: Monique Parker
Christmas is approaching fast and so are the days that a lot of people feel drained and stressed.
Although it is a lovely time of the year, many people feel it is also a particular stressful time. Think of overcrowded shopping centres, office parties, late nights, planning Christmas dinner, family issues, travel and of course, indulging in a mince pie or alcoholic drink too many.
When you’re stressed, your body starts releasing stress hormones such as adrenaline and cortisol. These hormones tell the body to switch off all processes that are not needed to deal with the stress. Cortisol normally fluctuates throughout the day, but if you’re stressed all the time, your cortisol stays high, even when it should drop. Like in the evening, when it should drop, so you can relax and go to sleep.
High cortisol affects your blood sugar levels, promotes fat deposits in the liver and around your waist. It can also cause sleep disruption, fatigue, and affect your immune system etc.
Enough reason to keep your cortisol in check I would say.
So, what can we do to get through the festive season, being able to enjoy the time of the year, feeling festive and not run down and stressed?
Are you not good in the kitchen? Keep your Christmas dinner simple or ask for help. You could even get the children involved if they’re old enough.
You don’t have much free time? Say no to an invitation for once instead of running around manically to keep everybody happy.
You’re at a Christmas party and the buffet is calling your name. Be selective and enjoy some of your favourite foods and drinks, but in moderation. And remember the protein, fat and vegetables I mentioned before.
And if you do overindulge one day and have heartburn, feel bloated or you wake up with a hangover, make a fresh start. I know it is very hard not to overindulge before, during and after Christmas (leftovers!!), but you will feel so much better if you watch what you’re consuming, especially when your stressed at the same time.
I wish you all a stress-free, energetic and happy festive season!