How to survive Christmas Holiday Stress!
I love Christmas, it’s one of my favourite times of the year, especially when I spend it with my extended Mexican family. However much I love it, it is nevertheless not always totally stress free.
There’s presents to buy, travel to plan, relatives to deal with that you normally don’t deal with, meals to plan and prepare, events to attend… The list could be endless….
Christmas time seems to be one of those periods of the year where stress is the highest amongst people.
And each of us is unique in what we perceive as stressful and how we express it physically, mentally and emotionally.
For example, being around family all the time is not stressful for me, but it is for my husband. He may get headaches and body tension, and be more irritable and bossy than normal.
On the other hand, traveling is what stresses me out the most, especially if it involves an airport, whereas it doesn’t really bother him. Our holiday this year requires air travel, and I’m already anxious when I think about it, with butterflies in my stomach, interrupted sleep, and body tension.
Other expressions of stress include, anger and frustration, anxiety, depression, nausea, neck and shoulder tension and pain, migraines, insomnia, fatigue.
Thankfully I have all my homeopathic remedies, essences and homeobotanicals to help me and my family cope during the holidays! And these can help you as well!
Here are some of the key remedies to have on hand if you are stressing about Christmas:
I love essences, they are so gentle and powerful at the same time. And very easy to take. You can have them in drops or sprays and can take them as often as you need. They can even be put in with essential oils in a diffuser to permeate a whole space.
Here are my favourite Alaskan Essences combinations for Christmas, which I am happy to make up for you; just drop me a line, no consultation necessary! They make great Christmas gifts as well!! Essences are £8 (30ml dropper)/£10 (50ml spray) for a single essence, and £10/£12 for a bespoke combination.
Travel Ease: this one is great for travel stress, jet lag and for easing the toxic effects of air travel (radiation and pollutants).
Beyond Words: This combo is to help in all aspects of communication, from expressing yourself verbally and non-verbally, listening, accurately conveying your thoughts and ideas, and strengthening your self-confidence.
Guardian: If you are extra sensitive to other people’s energies or just feel you need to have stronger boundaries and feel more protected, this essence is for you!
Lighten Up: A great essence for the darkest time of the year! Very useful if you are affected by SAD, or if just need a lift of energy and mood.
Soul Support: Similar to the Bach Rescue Remedy, this essence is for any stressful situation; it helps you deal with accidents, fear of flying, motion sickness, arguments. Great one to have close at hand in your bag!
Most of these are in your homeopathic remedy first aid kit. If you don’t have a homeopathy kit, I highly recommend you get one. It is an inexpensive way to have a collection of the most commonly needed remedies on hand. If you are in the UK, you can get one at Ainsworths or Helios (for a 36 remedy kit you will need to contact them by phone or email). If you are in the USA, Homeopathy Kits is a great place to get Helios remedy kits. If you have any questions about which one is best for you, please do drop me a quick message.
Argentum Nitricum (Arg Nit): This remedy is great if you get very anxious things are going to go wrong, keep asking what if’s, are very restless, can’t sleep and may get diarrhea from all that urgent anxiety!
Arsenicum Album: This also great for those of us anxious about our families, our health, and are very particular about how things should be. Similar to Arg Nit, you are very restless and can’t sleep, but have a bit of a temper. Also great if you get food poisoning from your Christmas dinner!
Cocculus: When you can’t sleep, have headaches from the top of your head to the back of your neck, nausea and dizziness, then this remedy may be for you. Also great for jet lag and motion sickness so keep it in your travel bag!
Coffea: Another great remedy for sleeplessness, especially if you are wired up and overexcited (think kids on Christmas eve!), overly sensitive and overly reactive.
Gelsemium: If you get shaky and trembly with anxiety, and feel sick from it and incapable of doing anything, then you may need this remedy. Also great if you are tired and completely exhausted but can’t fall asleep.
Ignatia: If you are disappointed because things didn’t go your way and have a hard time accepting it, Ignatia could be the remedy for you, especially if you brood, sigh, laugh and cry (changing moods), are overly sensitive, feel like there’s a lump in your throat and can’t sleep, and maybe even feel a bit depressed. If you have a headache it feels like a nail driven into your head.
Lycopodium: People who need Lycopodium get anticipatory anxiety but they may be very over-confident and bossy to hide it. They don’t want to be noticed much and are very self-conscious. They may get gassy and bloated from anxiety and be very rude and irritable.
Natrum Muriaticum: Another great remedy for disappointment, especially if you don’t want to talk about it, wants to be left alone to brood. You don’t want sympathy and don’t cry in front of others. And love salty food! Great for headaches where it seems little hammers are beating on your head.
Nux Vomica: Probably the best remedy for Christmas overindulgence – when you ate too much, drank too much! Especially if you get grumpy, irritable and impatient and are oversensitive to noise and light. Great for hangover headaches, and if you seem to always wake up around 3-4am. (I recommend taking it before you go to bed after a night of overindulgence! Really helps the next morning – I speak from experience!)
Sepia: If you feel totally exhausted, drained and over-burdened, feel indifferent about your family (including your children!) and irritated by them, and want to be left alone, then this may be for you. You usually feel better when dancing and exercising, and love chocolate and sour things.
Staphisagria: This remedy is for someone who can’t say NO, is always nice and tries to please everyone but feel resentful about it. They never seem angry, but are hiding it and suffering in silence. However, you may not want to be in the room with them if they do express their anger as they may shout and throw things! Good remedy if you get headaches or urinary tract infections and have pent up anger.
Do get in touch if you need extra support at this time of year; I offer a free 30-minute consultation for prospective new patients to see if i am the best person to work with you!