I absolutely love Christmas. Everything about it from the smell of fresh pine emanating from the Christmas tree to the Christmas carols that the Unichem Manly Pharmacy team will attest to me annoyingly starting as early as possible! However, Christmas can also bring with it a lot of stress. Whether it be financial, straight up busyness or those family clashes on Christmas Day, all of us can feel a bit of mental pressure at Christmas time.
Here are just some of many tips available for mental health and well being. Find out what combination of tools works best for you:
Exercise - a 2021 study found that people with physically active lives had a 60% lower risk of developing anxiety. Almost any type of exercise will help. Even a simple 20-minute stroll can clear the mind and reduce stress.
Try Magnesium - Studies show that magnesium levels are highly associated with stress levels. Be sure to get the right type of magnesium (they are not all the same), as this will influence whether or not it actually helps.
Limit caffeine - did you know that "caffeine induced anxiety disorder" is actually a thing? Caffeine is not your friend! Try reducing your coffee intake to ease anxiety. However you will need to do this slowly to avoid withdrawal effects.
Sleep is very important - make sure you are getting enough. If you are having trouble with getting to sleep, staying asleep or sleep quality, book in to our Sleep Clinic at the pharmacy and get expert help.
Other natural therapies - there are many natural health remedies advertising that they help with stress, anxiety or depression. But do they? Yes, some can certainly help. We are lucky to carry the Metagenics practitioner only range at Unichem Manly Pharmacy which you can be prescribed in one of our clinics. Book in to see our in store naturopath, Bridget, for some "one on one" help.
Talk to your friends - In the words of Winnie the Pooh - "Today was a Difficult Day," said Pooh. There was a pause. "Do you want to talk about it?" asked Piglet. "No," said Pooh after a bit. "No, I don't think I do." "That's okay," said Piglet, and he came and sat beside his friend."What are you doing?" asked Pooh. "Nothing, really," said Piglet. "Only, I know what Difficult Days are like. I quite often don't feel like talking about it on my Difficult Days either."But goodness," continued Piglet, "Difficult Days are so much easier when you know you've got someone there for you. And I'll always be here for you, Pooh." And as Pooh sat there, working through in his head his Difficult Day, while the solid, reliable Piglet sat next to him quietly, swinging his little legs...he thought that his best friend had never been more right.
Have a Merry Christmas Coasties! Be kind to everyone and don't forget to be kind to yourself.
Book to see our naturopath on 424-7708 or visit our website on www.unichemmanly.co.nz.