Written by November 2018 Phoebe Wynne-Lewis, BHSc, Dip Nat Med, Dip Herb Med – FxMed Technical Support
It’s getting to the time of year most of us look forward to. However we may not realise that Christmas and the summer holidays are actually riddled with extra stresses and pressures that challenge our mental, emotional and physical well-being.
‘Tis the season to be jolly….or is it? Despite all the holly jolly goodwill that surrounds Christmas and the summer holidays, they are almost always synonymous with stress, fatigue and wreaking havoc on us both mentally and physically. At times we can feel more frazzled than festive and feel like we are being driven like some of Santa’s Reindeer.
There is the shopping of gifts for our favourite people, attending parties and school functions, plus the tree, the turkey, the relatives……aaarrrggghhhh. Furthermore, we are expected to do it all with a creepily large grin on our face to express the standard amount of joy that Christmas requires!
Once again we will totally surrender to the effects of our Christmas hormones – a potent mix of cortisol, serotonin and dopamine, which encourage us further to over indulge in food and alcohol and for some – a few cheeky cigarettes. Then there is the expectation of a well orchestrated summer holiday – also filled with planning, late nights, BBQ’s, travel and more over indulgence in food and alcohol causing digestive issues and fatigue. Then similar to previous years, we may well limp into 2019 and back to work with the usual list of New Year’s resolutions AND looking / feeling like washed up rock stars (but without the fame and fortune!)