TORONTO, Dec. 8 /CNW/ - It's that time of year when there's too much of some things, like shopping, partying, eating and working, and too little of others, namely sunshine and sleep. Don't let the hustle and bustle of the holiday season take its toll on your mood, waistline, and ability to feel good overall. With an attitude of cheer and goodwill towards yourself, you can take charge of the next few weeks without succumbing to frustration, fat, and fatigue. Here are some tips to manage the top 4 holiday spoilers:
Dreaming of a white Christmas or just a good night's sleep? Start by getting rid of the stimulants. Reducing excess sugar in your diet can help balance blood sugars and lessen the annoying habit of waking up in the middle of the night. Also, cut back on caffeine and alcohol. To relax before bed, read, journal, or listen to light music to help calm the mind and the body. And consider natural remedies to help improve sleep, such as Natural Factors Tranquil Sleep, a unique blend of melatonin, 5HTP and l-theanine to support relaxation and enhance sleep quality.
Not feeling much "ho, ho, ho" but more like "heave-ho"? Rushed deadlines prior to the holidays, social obligations, and credit-card overuse can make the holiday season more dreaded than desired. Try to work more efficiently—focus on the immediate work tasks at hand and keep the socializing for the office party. Keep your finances in check by staying on budget. New Year glee can be quickly dimmed by the arrival of credit card statements. If you need help managing stress-filled days and concentrating on what needs to be done, you might want to try Veeva. Veeva is a natural supplement comprising a plethora of nutrient (lemon balm, ashwagandha, 5-HTP, rhodiola, and l-theanine) to help your mind and body manage stress and its related mental and physical symptoms.
Finding it hard to look on the sunny side of life? Lack of sunshine and bleak, grey skies can affect people emotionally. Make sure to get out and enjoy the sun when it is shining. For those of you who suffer from SAD (seasonal affective disorder), photolight therapy is something worth considering. And don't forget about supplementing your diet with vitamin D, the sunshine vitamin. This important nutrient influences key biological functions and is vital to one's good health.
Visions of sugar plums tantalizing your appetite? Buffet spreads, special holiday treats, and making merry with friends and fine wines usually go hand-in-hand with a tightening waistband. Remember, it's all about pacing and being aware of what you are consuming and how much. Bite off only what you can chew—slowly—and try to make an effort not to overindulge. When the luncheon festivities come around, reach first for the nutrient-filled foods, the veggies that provide the essential vitamins and minerals to keep your body engine running well to tackle the forces of this holiday season. And for those of you, who through no fault of your own do overindulge in those not-so-nutritionally-great-but-oh-so-tasty foods? Consider Prairie Naturals Enzyme-Force, a full spectrum digestive enzyme to reduce bloating, gas, and aid digestion.
So, whether your holiday season means non-stop friends, family and food, remorseful shopping, or insanely compressed work timelines, don't let those few of weeks of fervent intensity and good cheer trigger a host of ill-wellness towards yourself. You can do it all in a healthy perspective.
Happy holidays and wellness wishes to you and yours!
Michele Sevier Biography
Michele Sevier, DNM, DAc, is an educator and advocate of natural health and healing. As an independent advisor to Nutrition House, she is actively involved in many facets of integrative medicine including research, the formulation of specialized supplements, and providing natural health solutions to the general public through Nutrition House's 'Ask Our Expert' service at www.nutritionhouse.com.
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