Updated 30 December 2013

Winding up to the end of the year

It’s that time of the year again when thoughts of the December shutdown flit tantalisingly across your mind.

Trouble is, there’s never a gradual tailing off of your year’s commitments- in fact, to the contrary, it usually requires an increased flurry of activity with the pressure of deadlines that still need to be met. And then suddenly the frenzy is over, leaving you completely exhausted, mentally, physically and emotionally. You feel as if you’ve hit a wall, which, essentially, is exactly what’s happened.

Your body has been so battered by stress overload as you wound up to the end of the year that you’re left totally depleted, with a very high risk of falling ill- the last thing you need at the start of the Festive Season. It’s all due to the high amounts of adrenalin and cortisol that have been coursing through your body during these stressful times.

These physiological chemicals play a major role during an emergency by helping you to cope, but once the emergency has passed, it’s important for these levels to normalise so you’re not left on permanent high alert. However when you’re chronically stressed as often happens at this time of year, excess cortisol remains in your body, compromising your immune system in the process. Small wonder you end up with all sorts of ailments including tense muscles, headaches, back pain and digestive problems, colds, flu, anxiety, irritability and depression. It’s your body’s way of saying ‘enough is enough’!

So how do you navigate your way through these final, frenetic weeks?

Quite simply, by pacing yourself. It’s essential to find a balance between working hard to meet all those items on your to-do list and working just as hard at prioritising downtime. The first step to doing this is to lose the guilt: you’re fully entitled to some much-needed time out from those draining daily demands.

Do something- anything!- that allows you to hop off the rollercoaster that is your life right now: a pamper session; coffee with the girls or half an hour curled up with a book. Exercise should be an everyday priority to clear the cobwebs from your mind and reenergise your body, regardless of how tired you may feel. A brisk walk or jog is the perfect way to manage those high stress levels when you’re under pressure if you don’t have the energy to hit the gym.

Be sure to eat healthily too- when you’re chronically stressed the temptation to reach for high sugar, high fat comfort food is always there- stick to fresh fruit and veggies, lean proteins, and low fat options instead of junk food.

And make sure you get enough shut eye too- a good night’s sleep is another essential coping tool as is Sédatif PC®, a homeopathic medication that can assist with the management of anxiety and stress by providing symptomatic relief of stress disorders, restlessness and anxiety. Because it’s non-habit forming it can be safely used by the whole family too, easing their paths-and yours- to a far more relaxed and peaceful end-of-the-year!

Sédatif PC® is available from leading pharmacies & health shops countrywide.
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