Extra family time, changes to routine, shopping, grieving a lost loved one. The holiday season can feel stressful for many in any given year. Add a global pandemic to the mix and it becomes a little harder to avoid stress. But there are a lot of ways we can support our well-being and our ability to handle, or reduce, holiday season stress.
Holiday Season Stress Support*
- Set boundaries: adding too many things to your calendar can create added stress, especially during a pandemic. Say yes to engagements that feel safe and right for you and no to ones that don’t.
- Try breath work or meditation: when you start to feel overwhelmed try a breathing exercise aimed at reducing stress. 4-7-8 Breathing is an easy one to try!
- Engage in gentle exercise: regular light cardiovascular activities can help boost endorphins and create a sense of routine — both are advantageous for mental well-being!
- Use stress supporting herbals: sip on herbal teas made with calming herbals like lavender, chamomile, holy basil and lemon balm; or try an herbal tincture like our chamomile liquid tincture.
- Try a stress support supplement: there are numerous blends of herbals and micro-nutrients target towards stress support.
- Start a gratitude journal: try focusing on the good in your life and write down a few things you are grateful for each day.
- Shop and gift with in your budget: Many people over stretch their wallets during the holidays, which can create a lot of mental stress. Set a budget for holiday spending and stick to it.
- Listen to your body: It’s important to pay attention to your physical, mental and emotional needs through the holidays and always. Tune into your intuition and do what feels right!
*Note: The FDA has not evaluated these statements. The tips in this article are not a replacement for medical advice. Consult with your doctor before changing your diet, trying a supplement or starting an exercise program.