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.


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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