It’s normal to find yourself feeling overwhelmed with so many things on your to-do list.
Holiday baking, shopping, and preparing for the many gatherings you have to attend takes its toll on your health.
How can you combat this stress and be sure you enjoy the holiday season?
A few natural remedies can help soothe your mind and improve your wellbeing.
1. Practice Deep Breathing
You can do this any time you get a few spare moments.
Sit somewhere (preferably quiet) and repeat the steps below 5 times.
Inhale for 5 seconds…Hold for 5 seconds… Exhale for 5 seconds.
Keeping the breath even, slow and controlled will help you ease anxiety and energize the body.
This is a great pick-me-up any time you need it.
2. Sip Some Peppermint Tea
Peppermint has the ability to focus the mind and ease stress, so put this to good use.
Make yourself a warm cup of peppermint tea and start sipping it when times get stressful.
Hot tea is soothing itself so with the added peppermint, you’ll feel relaxed and ready to face the rest of the day.
3. Soak In A Lavender Bath
Lavender is another scent that most people find incredibly soothing and relaxing.
Find yourself a good lavender soap or bath wash and use it in a tub filled with hot water. Soak for 15-20 minutes, resting your eyes as you do.
For bonus points, light a few candles. You’ll be stress-free in no time.
4. Load Up On Vitamin C
Another natural way to help ease stress levels is to bump up your vitamin C intake.
Those with higher levels of vitamin C experience fewer spikes in blood sugar when times of stress hit. They also tend to experience less of an extended spike in stress hormones in their body.
Basically, vitamin C can help keep you on a more even keel during those hard times.
Foods rich in this vitamin include any brightly hued fruits and vegetables such as
- berries and
- red peppers.
You can also take a supplement.
Finally, the last way to help combat stress in your day to day life is to consider getting out for a brisk walk.
If you feel stress building, just heading outside and picking up the pace can help you exercise off that anxious energy.
It will help clear your mind too.
By the time you return, there’s a good chance you’ve worked out whatever is stressing you and as an added benefit, you’ll have also burned off a few calories as well.
So as stress levels climb this holiday season, use one – or more – of these remedies to get yourself feeling well again.
Yours in Health,
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