This is when I KNEW I had adrenal fatigue. I just had to think ‘what are we having for dinner tonight’ and I’d be in a frenzy of overwhelm.
This is going back 3 years now but it’s still a familiar feeling to me. For example, if I don’t take good care of myself all those familiar and exhaustive feelings come back.
So, I’ve literally made it my business to help others avoid those feelings of overwhelm, and if there’s one time of year when we feel overwhelm the most, it’s Christmas!
I love all the festive excitement that comes with Christmas, but as a mum there’s definitely an element of stress.
That’s because we’re SO good at making sure everyone else is taken care of, and Christmas is no exception.
So here are some of my top tips for reducing the o-v-e-r-w-h-e-l-m:
- Take time out to breeeathe. I know this sounds simple but seriously, we forget to breathe properly and this takes a toll on our stress levels. So if it means taking yourself to the bathroom to have a moment to yourself, then do it. Take a deep breath. Let it out. Take another (I love to have my essential oils handy to support me in these moments.) As lovely as the buzz of children and family can be at this time of year, we need our space to re-centre.
- Keep it simple. If you’re taking a platter to a Christmas gathering then keep it super simple and don’t let perfectionism take over! We all want to have the winning Martha Stewart style platter, but really, with all the stodge, sugar and alcohol at this time of year, keep it healthy and simple! Why not take a platter of fruit – it’ll make a welcome addition to all the heaviness, I promise!
- Limit your alcohol consumption. Instead of having a full glass of wine why not mix it with some sparkling water to dilute (add some berries for a touch of Xmas!) – your head will thank you for it the next day.
- Remove ONE thing from your Xmas to-do list. Go through your list and I bet there’s ONE thing you could remove from it? If you haven’t yet got around to doing those Xmas cards, do you really think anyone will notice or think any less of you? I don’t think so.
- Don’t fuss over wrapping. Children really don’t care for fancy wrapping, they just want to dive inside, plus the floor will be covered in wrapping paper before you know it so just cover those presents and tape em up!
- Say no. Are you a people pleaser? I used to say ‘yes’ to everything and everyone! I just kept saying YES thinking I could manage it all but we can’t, and especially not at Christmas. So think before you say ‘yes’. Does it feel good to you and does it feel manageable? If not then respond with a polite ‘no’. Feel the lightness that comes afterwards, it’s bliss!
SO, take less on, cut corners, keep it simple, and remember to breathe…
Christmas only happens once a year so make sure you enjoy it! And remember, the more relaxed and joyful you are, the more relaxed and joyful your family will be.