This time of year can be completely wonderful and magical but the hustle and bustle can also be draining. Travel stress, rushing to get work assignments wrapped so you can actually enjoy yourself, entertaining, overeating, gift shopping, parties, intense family dynamics…all of these things can lead to the perfect storm if you’re not careful. To help you navigate, we’ve created some tips to stay grounded so you’re balanced, refreshed, stress-free and truly able to enjoy this special time with your tribe and loves.
1. Find your center
A little zen time and just a few brief minutes of meditation might reduce cortisol levels and help you find new perspective on stressful situations. If you are new or need a little help, we recommend guided meditation apps...mind massage is one of our favorites!
2. Take a bath
As well as improving our mood, warm baths are the ideal way to unwind and de-stress. A Japanese study recently showed that the stress level markers, cortisol and chromogranin, reduced considerably in those who took a bath after approximately 60 minutes of an anxiety-inducing event. For the ultimate stress-busting bath, we recommend adding our Heal Blend with calming lavender or any of other our herbal blends into the tub before bed.
3. Dip into honey
Research shows that its antioxidant and antibacterial properties may improve your immunity. Our honey adds the healing, resotrative properties of CBD, meaning it's even more healing and helps with a myriad of issues that can stem from stress, from anxiety to sleep. Plus, you'll get an instant kick and energy for the long haul. Here's a tip: The darker the honey, the more powerful the antioxidant punch.
4. Get Outside + get your Vitamin D
It stimulates the production of feel-good serotonin and also helps relieve Seasonal Affective Disorder (SAD), which impacts millions of Americans every year. To ease SAD symptoms, spend time outdoors or near a window on sunny days, or invest in a Happy Light!
5. Brew a cup of tea
A few sips of a calming blend could be key to unwinding in the midst of craziness. University of London researchers found that study participants who drank tea were able to de-stress more quickly than those who drank a tea substitute, reporting lower levels of cortisol after participating in “stressful” events. Even if your tea choice isn’t scientifically backed, the act of brewing and sipping can be enough to take your mind away from stressors. It has less than half the caffeine of coffee and contains healthy antioxidants, as well as theanine, an amino acid that has a calming effect on the nervous system. Chamomile has been noted to be a sleep aid. It helps to calm the nerves and relax our bodies and minds, found in our Relax blend. It also helps to consume herbs that have been known for their relaxation and calming effect for hundreds of years. Taking a moment out of your hectic day to just stop and have a nice cup of tea gives you a moment of worry free peace.
6. Turn off your phone and go tech free
Constant cell phone buzzes and email alerts keep us in a perpetual fight-or-flight mode due to bursts of adrenaline. Not only is this exhausting, but it contributes to mounting stress levels, especially in women. What better time to turn your gadgets off than during a holiday get-together? Enjoy spending time with your family and friends without worry.
7. Learn to say NO
Don't go overboard to please others during the holidays: shopping, cooking, sending cards, and attending every event. Instead, take care of yourself by saying no at least once—and politely decline any engagement that may make your cup half empty.
8. Rest, rest, rest!
Sleep is very important for your emotional and physical well being. Lack of sleep can negatively impact your ability to handle stress, be productive, and function properly. Hemp Honey + Beauty Potion to the rescue! Clients rave that it works wonders for sleep struggles and calming anxious thoughts, among successfully treating other ailments as well.
9. Take a whiff of citrus
Researchers studying depression have found that certain citrus fragrances boost feelings of well-being and alleviate stress by upping levels of norepinephrine, a hormone that affects mood. For an all-day pick-me-up, dab a little lemon or orange essential oil on a bandana to tuck in your pocket or grab some citrus essential oils to dab on your wrists.
10. Keep a gratitude list
Gratitude should be practiced every day , not just on Thanksgiving! Clinical trials indicate that the practice of gratitude can have dramatic and lasting effects in a person’s life. It can lower blood pressure, improve immune function and facilitate more efficient sleep. Gratitude reduces a multitude of toxic emotions, from envy and resentment to frustration and regret (which shows a strong link between gratitude and well-being). Gratitude effectively increases happiness and reduces depression. Even just journaling this practice 15 minutes a day can drastically help!