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10 Stress Busters to take you from Holiday Hectic to Holiday Happy

We've created 10 more tips to help you navigate the hectic nature of the "most wonderful time of the year".  Although the holiday season can be wonderful, magical and nostalgic, it can also be chaotic, draining and tiresome.  Follow the below tips stay grounded so you’re balanced, refreshed, stress-free and truly able to enjoy this special time with your family and love ones worry free.

1. Go on a Hike or Take a Walk

The rhythm and repetition of walking has a tranquilizing effect on your brain, and it decreases anxiety while also improving sleep," even a brisk, half-hour walk every day will do wonders!

2. Skip the Coffee and opt for a Smoothie

Caffeine on an empty stomach can cause blood sugar levels to spike, which can cause attention problems and irritability, says New York City–based clinical psychologist Joe Cilona, PsyD.  Smoothies offer Natural Energy, which helps you to avoid the crash which accompanies coffee... plus they're easy to make, and great for an on-the-go meal.

3. Practice Breathing Techniques like Nadishudi

Shutting off one of the air passageways causes you to take longer, deeper breaths. It essentially forces you to belly-breathe, which calms the nerves, slows your heart rate, and reduces your blood pressure.  Alternate-nostril breathing method, aka Nadishudi, has a profound and immediate effect on the body.

Directions: Hold your right nostril closed with your thumb; breathe in through your left nostril.  Without letting out your breath, cover your left nostril. Exhale through the right nostril, then inhale through that nostril with the left nostril covered. Close your right nostril, and exhale through the left. Do this for one minute. The longer the breaths, the better.

4. Eat More Ginger

This is simple way to help combat stress. Ginger has long been deemed a homeopathic stress reliever. Recent studies published by the  studies published by the NCBI back up these claims! We use ginger in various tonics we make in conjunction with our CBD honey. This recipe for a healing elixir we created with Kyrious.Co incorporates ginger and is one of our faves!

5. Treat Yourself

Taking proper care of your body (soul and mind) can keep you in optimum shape for handling stress, which gives you as much resilience as possible to help you manage those uncontrollable things in life. You don’t need to pay an exorbitant amount of money at a fancy spa to show yourself some love and self care. Simple beauty rituals like putting on a face mask can work wonders in decreasing your stress levels.

6. Read a Book

Even six minutes of reading can be enough to reduce your stress levels by more than two thirds, according to new research. It works better and faster than other methods to calm frazzled nerves such as listening to music, going for a walk or settling down with a cup of tea so curl up and get cozy with your favorite book! Alternatively, listening to an audiobook works too! 

7. Light Some Sage or Palo Santo

The best way to rid your space of any negativity you’ve inadvertently tracked home is through a cleansing ritual called smudging. After smudging, your space will feel light and balanced and from a hard science perspective, sage’s been proven to absorb up to 94% of airborne bacteria.  Plus the terpene, Terpinolene found in sage (and also cannabis) is known to have a sedative effect and possess other beneficial psychological effects like significant reduction in anxiety and a general mellowing of mood, especially when working synergistically with other terpenes as both do. After smudging, you can feel at peace, joyful, safe, energized, creative, and able to deeply rest, busting stress bye bye.

8. Yoga

Not only does research prove that Yoga reduces Fatigue, Improves General Health, and Regulates Cortisol but it also increases Vitality, Improves your Mood, and Reduces Inflammation - a win all around.  Get on your mat + ohm the stress away.

9. Go Barefoot

What could be more grounding, literally and figuratively?! Walking barefoot, aka earthing, regulates cortisol, your body’s main stress hormone meaning you recover from stress quickly, instead of having feeling anxious long after the stressful event.  It also hefts the body from the stressed fight-or-flight mode to the restorative rest-and-digest mode. So kick those shoes off love!

10. Use Plant Medicine

Hemp oil helps to improve our bodies stress response, boosts our mood and helps us to relax and keep calm, reduces pain and promotes a restful sleep plus takes away aches and pains. Choose from our honey, balm, beauty potion or herbal Smoke Sip Soak blend.

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