Keeping Calm this Christmas

Monday, 3 December 2018 6:47:43 pm Pacific/Auckland

It’s the start of the festive season! A time when there is a rising anticipation of gatherings with family and friends, holidays and fun outdoors. However, the increased hustle and bustle, and perhaps a lack of time to get organised, can sometimes drive stress levels sky high. Emotions may also surface if we are reminded of loved ones we have lost or tension from difficult family dynamics. Here’s a few tips to help you minimise stress and stay centred over this busy time.


Juggling extra chores and heightened stress can be exhausting, but instead of reaching for a quick caffeine or sugar fix think about what will sustain you better. Set yourself up with a nourishing breakfast and wholesome lunch.  Please the senses with colourful and fresh food choices, such as an acai berry bowl, super-greens protein shake, organic eggs with microgreens and avocado or choose whatever wholefood nourishment works for you. Drink water throughout your day, check mid-morning and afternoon that you are hydrated. Electrolyte drops (sugar free) are a great way to help effective hydration, preventing ‘water in, water out’. Add to your water bottle, along with a few mint leaves or sliced strawberry for flavour.


Social occasions sometimes result in increased alcohol intake. Set an alcohol limit that is not going to compromise your health goals or ruin your day after!  Plan a delicious alcohol-free option for you and your friends to enjoy sipping on. Try an Elderflower iced tea or these delicious Seedlip cocktails made from the world’s first non-alcoholic spirit.

Check out our favourite non-alcoholic cocktail recipe here.


While we are busy planning catch-up with friends and family it is easy to forget to stay in touch with yourself. This could be as little as a few daily meditative moments to check in with how you are feeling and what your mind is focussed on.  The mind when stressed will tend to focus on the negative, leaving the positive to go unnoticed. Psychology research has shown that the simple act of naming your emotions can help calm the brain and help keep things in perspective.


Make the most of relaxation and recreation by unplugging from the digital world as much as possible.  Take enough time out at the end of a busy work day or during a well-deserved holiday to allow the brain to be excited by the real world and to fully relax when it is time to rest.


Medicinal herbs are effective and time-honoured remedies when extra help is needed for stress, fatigue and insomnia. At Huckleberry and Wild Herbs, we have a variety of shelf ready remedies or you can talk to a qualified naturopath in store to see if an individualised herbal remedy is more suitable for you. Some of our favourite medicinal herbs include those that support:

  • Stress stamina and energy – such as Withania, Rhodiola, Siberian ginseng.

  • Easing anxiety – such as Magnolia, St John’s Wort, Passionflower and Kava.

  • Assisting sleep – such as Zizyphus, Passionflower, Californian Poppy and Lavender.


Fear, anger, self-doubt, being easily influenced and other negative emotions can be helped by the subtle, yet profound effects of Flower Essence blends. Flower Essences are liquid vibrational healing remedies, ideally blended to match the negative emotions that maybe blocking ‘the wood for the trees’. Reflecting on your emotional state or talking this through with one of our practitioners will help identify the right flower essence blend for you.


Our in-store Medical Herbalists and Naturopaths have chosen their profession because they love to help people – call in-store and have a chat to see how your health needs can be helped from the wonderful world of natural medicines.

Angela Frieswyk
Registered Medical Herbalist, Holistic Nutritionist
Huckleberry, trading as Wild Herbs, Tauranga

Posted in Naturopath Advice By

Ally Hetherington

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