The Holiday Survival Guide

December 03, 2018

How to Survive the Holiday Season
With the holidays come events, friends and family. In addition to the holidays come stress, anxiety and even depression. There is a mountain of tasks that come with the end of the year– baking, cooking, planning, scheduling, partying, cleaning… the list goes on and on. Whether the season is a fun and energy-consuming time for you, or if it’s a difficult and uncomfortably elaborate holiday, we want you to make sure that you keep that stress in check. ✓

If you go too long without learning to handle your stress, it can manifest into a heavy emotional toll and physical ailments. According to the National Institute of Mental Health, continued strain on your emotional state can contribute to serious health problems like heart disease, high blood pressure, diabetes, and more. The American Psychological Association says that stress can even impact your reproductive systems. MD Anderson finds that stress has the potential to “make your body more hospitable to cancer” and increase the rate of cancerous tumor development.

This December, we want you to take a moment to breathe, recollect your thoughts and remember these tips to survive the holidays from Dr Leigh Erin Connealy, MD:

  1. Physical Activity
    When the body responds to stress, it is preparing for a physical outcome whether that means fight or flight. However, our every day stressors rarely result in physical interactions, in spite of our bodies preparing themselves for the challenge. By engaging in a positive form of physical activity, we give the body what it expects. Exercise brings down the high levels of cortisol our bodies produce, while increasing serotonin and endorphin levels. Serotonin and endorphin control the brain signals that order cortisol and adrenaline to calm down. Aerobic exercises (walking, running, swimming, etc) can help control the fight or flight response. For more information on what exercises you can try depending on your fitness level, check out Dr Connealy’s chart.
  2. Relaxation
    Did you know that yoga, meditation, and massages are common relaxation techniques? When the body is engaged in a fight or flight response, our sympathetic nervous system takes control of the body. By relaxing, our parasympathetic nervous system takes over. The parasympathetic nervous system controls bodily functions that we don’t think about such as digestion, breathing, and resting heart rate. At our clinic, we offer different kinds of massages that can help ease your worries and help diminish the tension in your muscles. To schedule, you can contact us at (949) 680-1880 for an appointment with our specialist, Natasha Zaloz.
  3. Adrenal Stress Index
    The Adrenal Stress Index (ASI) is a laboratory test that assesses adrenal hormone cycles by simultaneously measuring cortisol and DHEA levels. ASI is simple and noninvasive, using saliva to measure adrenal rhythm and obtain DHEA-to-Cortisol correlation. By measuring saliva samples, we can analyze the results and develop a personalized hormone treatment plan.
  4. Supplements
    At Center for New Medicine, we believe in utilizing natural ingredients to our advantage. Supplements are easy, cost-effective, and safe to use. With the direction of an expert and a physician, we can develop a supplement plan to cater to your needs and symptoms with natural nutrients. Dr. Leigh Erin Connealy, MD’s idea for Perfectly Healthy supplements sprang from the realization that, at the core, we are a very unhealthy nation. The food that we put into our bodies, the water that we drink and the air that we breath no longer provides us with the necessary nutrients that it did only a hundred years ago. The playing field between health and environment long ago stopped being even. Stacked against us are a host of new diseases, immunizations that cause more harm than good, and antibiotics that are no longer as capable of battling the environment’s toxic invaders as they once were.
    If you would like to try and sample some of the inventory we have, come to Holiday Health Boutique on Dec 14 at 5pm! For this season only, holiday gift baskets will be available to purchase (an easy and stress-less present for friends and family). Find incredible discounts in the Perfectly Healthy store from Eminence skin products to health-boosting supplements. We will be raffling off amazing prizes– you get a ticket just for showing up.

About the Author
Our “New Medicine” – sometimes called holistic, complementary or integrative medicine — combines the best of modern science with natural healing traditions that have been proven effective.