As the year comes to an end and starts to wind down, there is the tendency for most of us to wind up.
The Christmas – New Year period has often been explained as the most stressful. There are presents to buy; parties to attend; hair to be done; food to be bought; school events to go to; workplace parties & get togethers to attend; the car to get serviced; electricity bills due…and the list goes on.
Is it any wonder that over this period, there is an increase in fatal heart attacks more than any other period throughout the year. Research has shown that there are 4.2 more times the amount of heart attack fatalities at this time of year than any other. All due to lifestyle stress and the inability for many people to cope and adapt to the ever-changing environment.
What can you do to better cope?
Here is my rescue list to get through the ‘silly season’ without seeing the inside of your local hospital’s emergency department.
In this BLOG we are going to tackle ‘Physical Stress’.
(i) Stay active! Plan for play activities. A family in play will be engaged and connected creatively, rather than getting bored and cranky. A simple game of frisbee or board games will keep people focused on a common goal.
Sydney is such a great place to get out, to walk in the bush, to visit the beaches and the local waterways. At the same time, get some Vitamin D from the sun which is an essential vitamin and a great immune builder.
(ii) Take some time out for yourself. Go for a walk. Get some fresh air. Go and read your book for half an hour. You will feel refreshed for it.
(iii) Just Move. If you are anything like most, you would have sent most of the year suffering from Zoomitis or Neckfix. Get up out of your seat, roll your shoulders back, & stand strong and tall.
In our next post we will look at how to best deal with all of the great Christmas food and what can be a chemical stressor.