Dealing with hot flashes and the other symptoms of menopause is tough enough. The holiday season adds its own extra-special level of insanity to your life.
The oven is constantly on (can it GET any hotter in the kitchen?)… ancient family feuds are resurfacing… and there’s just so much pressure to be, well, jolly all the time. Really, there’s only so much festiveness the average person can muster in any given week.
If this time of year makes you want to hibernate until January, you’re not alone. According to a recent PBS poll more than a third of U.S. adults say the holidays stress them out. Looking for ways to cope? Here’s a quick guide for making it to the New Year with your sanity intact.
1. Practice self care.
Make two lists this season. The first can include everything you need to do for everyone else. Think gifts, holiday parties, baking, decorating. Then make a second, self-care list. Include things that make you feel good, like working out, having lunch with a close friend or getting your hygge on with a cup of tea and a book. Alternate between lists to maintain sanity.
2. Avoid the mall at all costs. (Seriously.)
Actually, make that all physical stores. Between the kids hopped up on extra sugar and unnecessarily aggressive parking lots, malls and their ilk are a recipe for exhaustion this time of year.
Thankfully, pretty much every major retailer has an ecommerce site and many allow you to order online and ship to the store, meaning you can avoid the crowds AND the postage fees (bonus!). It also makes it easy to accomplish all holiday shopping from the comfort of your couch. Might we recommend a glass of wine with that?
3. Order out.
Grubhub, DoorDash, Postmates. Whatever food delivery service you fancy, give yourself permission to take a break from the kitchen once in a while. (Or every day this week. No judgment here.)
We know, we know. It’s tempting to drown your stress in a bottle of wine or that holiday cookie plate. Practice resistance. Overdoing it on alcohol and sugar consumption will leave you with zero energy to tackle your to-do list. Set limits for yourself before holiday parties and events that allow you to indulge (hey, we’re not monsters) without binging.
5. Prioritize sleep.
When the holiday rush leaves you feeling worn out (and it inevitably will), the fastest way to recover is to give your body the rest it’s craving. Experts recommend adults get 7-9 hours a night. If that seems insane to you – and it does to us! – try to adjust your sleep routine slowly. Go to bed just 15 minutes earlier every night for a week.
If you’re having problems getting a full night’s rest, Doctor Wise Sleep + Menopause formula can help.* It’s a gentle, natural sleep aid that’s melatonin-free and offers a safe alternative to more addictive sleeping drugs.
6. Supplement your energy levels.
And we don’t mean with that second (or fifth) cup of coffee, which can leave you feeling jittery and unfocused. There are gentler ways to boost your stamina this season. Doctor Wise Energy + Menopause formula is a caffeine-free alternative to that extra shot of espresso or other stimulants.* Herbal teas, ginseng and vitamin B9 can also help.
What do you do to make it through the holidays? Share your best tips with other women on our Facebook page. Together, we’ve got this.