10 Ways to Naturally Reduce Stress this Holiday Season
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10 Ways to Naturally Reduce Stress this Holiday Season

10 Ways to Naturally Reduce Stress this Holiday Season


Do your stress levels increase during the holiday season? Rest assured that you are not the only one! Find 10 eye-opening natural stress relievers below and discover which techniques work best for you.

1. Calm the mind with a peaceful meditation

You might be surprised how calming the mind for even just five minutes can help relieve stress. Here is a quick and easy mindfulness meditation you can try to help slow down and let go. 

Peace On Earth Meditation

First, get in a comfortable position. Take a few deep breaths. Try to clear your mind of thoughts and focus on the words you are about to say. Repeat the meditation below either in your mind or aloud as many times as you wish. Inhale and exhale deeply before each sentence.

Peace on Earth.
Love on Earth.
Healthiness on Earth.
Abundance on Earth.

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2. Ask yourself, “Will this matter a week from now?

You likely have various issues that pop up throughout the day, some of which may catch you off guard and cause tension. Do you ever feel like you give too much of your emotional energy to daily crises?

Here’s an example: You order your favorite hot drink from the local coffee shop. The wait is long, but finally you are given your anticipated cup of brew and drive off to work. You are a few miles down the road when you decide to take a sip and realize you got a green tea instead of a pumpkin spice latte.

Take a deep breath and realize it was an honest mistake not worth making a fuss over. Sure, you could drive back, or call and complain, but you have better things to do with your time. Spin this negative into a positive. Maybe you don’t need all the extra calories in the latte and actually feel better energy after drinking the green tea. This could be your new special drink!

3. Get outside

Being outside in the natural elements can improve your vitality, giving you the energy you need to effectively respond to stressors. Sunshine and fresh air can be a mood booster!

Vitamin D is an important nutrient that we absorb from sun rays. Especially when the weather is dreary, many of us can be deficient and may want to consider a quality vitamin D supplementation. In a review of 13 studies of people with depression, it was shown that taking a vitamin D supplement improved their mood.1

4. Try not to over-obligate yourself with too much to do

Know when to say no and free up time for the things that matter to you the most. Here are some phrases you can say to politely decline when someone asks you to participate in an activity.

  • I would love to help you out at a later time.
  • I have too much on my plate this week.
  • I have so much to do that I don’t even have time to do the things I need to do. I will have to respectfully decline at this time.
  • Your activity / project sounds really important / fun. I will not be able to participate, but I will send you loving energy for a good time / great success.

5. Get your rest

Sleep is vital to your wellbeing. When you are deprived, you can be more susceptible to excessive worrying. But getting the eyes to close and the mind to relax can be easier said than done. When counting sheep doesn’t work, here are a few supplements that people have had great success using for improved sleep.

Melatonin is a hormone released by our pineal gland that regulates our sleep-wake cycle. A melatonin deficiency is common and can be related to aging, certain diseases, or exposure to light at night. A quality melatonin supplement taken shortly before going to bed can help improve sleep quality.

Schuessler cell salts support tissue and organ health contributing to less tension in the body and better sleep. Two cell salts are specifically known for improving the quality of rest: Cell salt Kali Phos nourishes the nervous system and cell salt Silica is known for contributing to a more refreshing sleep. If you are new to cell salts consider Cellergy, a combination of all 12 cell salts, vital minerals prepared homeopathically and safe to take without risk of over-supplemenation. 

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6. Get away

Even if it is for just a few hours, we all need a change of scenery once in a while. If you don’t have the time for a vacation, consider one of these options:

  • Treat yourself to a massage, acupuncture, or other bodywork technique.
  • Indulge in a sound bath.
  • Go for a walk, hike, or biker ride.
  • Take a scenic train ride.

7. Share random acts of kindness

When you give kindness to another person, animal, or plant, it can be an amazing way to relieve stress. Also called pro-social behavior, being kind can reprogram your subconscious mind to see the world as good. It promotes positive thinking!

8. Exercise

Did you know that exercise releases endorphins such as serotonin to help you feel good. Plus, fitness activities can help you take your mind off your worries, improves sleep quality, and booster overall health. Yoga helps relax the body and mind.  It’s like meditation in motion!

9. Eat right

Studies have shown that certain foods exacerbate worries while others can help improve mood. Foods that can increase nervousness include caffeine, sugar, and alcohol. Healthy fruits and veggies can reduce your stress levels.

Further, when you are in “fight or flight” mode, it can release stress hormones that deplete your body of important nutrients, including vitamins B, C, A and the mineral magnesium.2

Many people these days are deficient in the minerals the body needs to combat stress. The cell salt Magnesia Phosphorica or Mag Phos can help relieve tight and tense muscles, cramps, and nervous headaches. It is often called a homeopathic aspirin.

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10. Give hugs

Giving and getting hugs is warm and comforting. But did you know that when you participate in a hug, it releases a hormone called oxytocin? Also called the cuddle hormone, it has shown to reduce blood pressure and the release of the stress hormone norepinephrine. So go hug your friend, family member, pet, or even a tree!

Especially during the holiday season, stress is inevitable. Add at least one of the natural stress remedies above to your holiday routine and share this article with others. It is easier to adopt new habits when practicing them together with family and friends.

References:

  1. Casseb, G.A.S., Kaster, M.P. & Rodrigues, A.L.S. Potential Role of Vitamin D for the Management of Depression and Anxiety. CNS Drugs 33, 619–637 (2019)
  2. Psychology Today, Eat Right to Fight Stress (February 2003)


Please note: The information presented in this article is grounded in traditional homeopathic practice. It has not been evaluated by the Food and Drug Administration.

Anna | Natural Health Advocate
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