For many people, the holidays aren’t a time of joy, excitement or relaxation. Instead, they’re a time of stress, anxiety and trying to ‘get it all in’.
If you feel like you can’t wait for your holiday ‘vacation’ to be over so that you can take a real vacation, it’s time for an adjustment.
Remember that YOU DO have a choice of how you perceive things. You can decide whether or not to let things stress you out or you can decide to deal with what you have control over in a calm manner, letting all those things you can’t control fall out of the picture.
Aside from adjusting your frame of mind, there are a few things you can take advantage of that will help you de-stress.
Here are a few tips on how you can say NO to stress this Christmas.
HOW TO STAY CALM THIS CHRISTMAS
Get a Whiff of Lavender
Did you know that lavender offers calming benefits? Most people don’t realise this, but the scent of lavender actually promotes relaxation in the body and will help reduce stress and anxiety.
There are many organic and pure lavender-enriched products available, so immersing yourself in this calming scent is easy. You can try using some pure organic lavender essential oils, but you can also include lavender in your daily bath and beauty routine with things like organic lavender deodorant, lavender shampoo and some indulgent lavender calming body lotion.
However way you choose to whiff this calming scent, it will work quite effectively to help you manage your stress and feel better as you go about the holidays. If it’s possible, try and take ten minutes or so each day to just relax, unwind and have some ‘you’ time.
Drink Some Matcha Tea
Another great beverage to try if you want to get a hold over your stress levels is matcha tea or elixirs. This amazing Japanese tea will help you on multiple fronts. First, it contains a small dose of caffeine, so it’ll provide a much needed boost of energy that can help you get through your day. Nothing will stress you out quite like having a long to-do list and hardly any energy to get it done.
Second, matcha tea contains L-Theanine, which can have calming effects over the mind. This will help ease your anxiety and allow you to feel more in control.
Finally, matcha tea is also a great source of antioxidants, which will help combat the free radical damage that stress and anxiety can cause.
All up, matcha tea is a wonderful tool for a no stress Christmas.
Fuel Up With Protein
Speaking of energy, it’s important that you learn how to balance your nutrition to provide optimal energy. This means getting enough protein in with each meal and snack.
Most mums do a great job of getting some protein with their main meals, but when it comes to snack time (and it will come) there’s a whole other challenge.
In such cases, protein bars are one of the best options to turn to, especially if you opt for ones made of all natural and organic ingredients such as the Protein + Antioxidant Bars or the vegan-friendly plant protein balls. In addition to healthy doses of protein, bars such as these will help give your body all the raw materials it needs for tissue rebuilding as well as for optimising your energy level.
How to say NO to stress this Christmas (cont.)
If you need that little extra de-stressing, there are quite a few natural herbal remedies that can help. The most effective herbal remedies are the ones that infuse more than one of nature’s potent stress relief ingredients, not to just treat stress, but also the causes of stress. Consider for example the rescue remedy range; it mixes flowers such as Rock Rose, Impatiens, Clematis, Star of Bethlehem and Cherry Plum. Together, in just one remedy they help reduce panic, irritability, shock and promote overall calmness.
Herbal remedies can even be something as simple as tea, such as calming organic chamomile tea or honey lavender stress relief tea. There are quite a few herbal remedies that can help, so you don’t need to go-it alone! If you need that extra help, as many of us do, you have quite a few options.
Learn How to Say No to stress this Christmas
Finally, remember that one of the leading causes of stress around the holidays is having too much on your plate. Learn to say NO – and stop feeling guilty about it. There is only one of you and you simply can’t be in two places at once.
Say NO to obligations that just aren’t that important to you and that you don’t have time for. People will respect the fact that you’re busy and it won’t be as big of a deal as you likely believe it to be.
Plan your calendar out ahead of time and write down all the main events you must attend that are either important to you or there is no getting out of. Then, be sure that you don’t double book yourself and schedule in some time each week to just relax and enjoy your own family at home. This is the key secret to a happy and healthy Christmas.
Keep these tips in mind and start focusing on enjoying the holiday rather than running yourself into the ground with stress and anxiety.
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