Keeping cool and calm over Christmas

Thursday, December 15, 2016 9:54 am

Leon Piper | Mornings producer

It’s fair to say that while Christmas is one of the more joyous times of the year, it can also be one of the most stressful.

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Busy shopping centres, difficult gift requests and trying to organise a family feast. With so many stressful situations it may seem like there’s nothing you can do to keep calm through December. However, naturopath Melanie Jaye, our resident healthy-living luminary has some handy hints to get you through the season.

Here are Mel’s tip tips:

1. Start your day with a glass of warm lemon water to kick-start your digestive system
2. If lemon water doesn’t appeal, try a green smoothie: coconut water, spinach, cucumber, kale — bananas and berries can help to make it sweeter too
3. A good healthy breakfast provides you with plenty of energy to hit the shops or cook a feast
4. Healthy snacks throughout the day can keep you (and your kids) from getting ‘hangry’ (hungry + angry)
5. Positive and relaxing music can wash away the stress in a busy carpark or shopping centre
6. Speaking of carparks, avoid the stress up front and park at the back — also a great way to get some exercise
7. The importance of exercise can’t be understated, a short walk every day gets your lymphatic system going and erodes stress
8. Try to cut your caffeine intake a bit
9. Try some soothing teas: chamomile, lemon balm, and passionflower teas all help to soothe the soul

To hear more in-depth conversation on the topic, check out the podcast:

Podcast: naturopath Melanie Jaye chats about staying calm and healthy over Christmas

Melanie joins Mike on Mornings every second Thursday

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