The Fruitful Life

Holiday Stressbusters

Holiday Stressbusters

Tis the season… to be stressed? Despite our best intentions, the stress of the holiday season often leaves us feeling drained and less than holly-jolly. Try one or all of these tips to defend yourself from the negative effects from stress and recover some of the joy-- or at least your sanity!

Take a breath.

Right now! Seriously. Practicing deep breathing can go a long way to help relieve stress. And it only takes a minute or two! Enhance the rejuvenating effects of breathing with aromatherapy. Try diffusing NOW®'s Peace and Harmony blend at home, Smiles for Miles in the car, and Mental Focus at the office. You can also blend your own seasonal home fragrances using pure essential oils!

Hydrate and fuel.

You already know this, but eating a healthy diet and staying hydrated is critical to stress support. Drink at least eight glasses of water per day-- you can even mix in a Cranberry-Pomegranate flavored Effer C™ packet for a boost of Vitamin C and electrolytes. Focus on fresh produce and lean proteins at meals, and keep healthy snacks handy for busy holiday schedules. We love Frooze Balls and Vega® protein bars for delicious, plant-based nutrition on-the-go.

Stay active.

When it comes to exercise, a little is definitely better than nothing! Even just 15 minutes of physical activity per day can ease stress while boosting your energy and immune system. Check out these quick exercise tips for some simple ideas to stay active during this busy season.

Support your body.

Sometimes, even a healthy diet and exercise aren't enough to ward off all the effects of stress. This is where adaptogenic herbs like Ashwagandha, Rhodiola, and Holy Basil can help! These and other adrenal-supporting herbs (such as Adrenal-T™ by Life Seasons®) can "take the edge off" and help your body manage stress. 

Sleep.

Enough quality sleep does more to manage stress than perhaps any other healthy habit. Unfortunately, unlike diet and exercise, it is more difficult to regulate. If you struggle to get enough Z's, making small changes to your environment and routine can have a big impact on your sleep. Limit screen time in the evening, or use a blue light filter app. Better yet, read a relaxing book or listen to calming music before going to bed. Limit caffeine intake, especially later in the day. Sip a nighttime tea or supplement with calming herbs like Valerian Root or Passion Flower. If you still can't fall asleep, a low dose of Melatonin can be helpful as a short-term sleep aid. 

Refocus.

Practice gratitude. Remind yourself why you celebrate this season. Keep that priority in perspective; post sticky notes or set a reminder on your phone with a centering verse or quote. Take a few minutes to listen to a favorite Christmas carol, or pause to enjoy a holiday lights display. Parties and gifts won't last, but what you take away from this season will.

What is your favorite stress-busting tip? Share in the comments below or post a photo to social media showing us how you decompress during the holidays (don't forget to use #TheFruitfulLife!).

*Content contained in this article is not intended to provide or to constitute medical or healthcare advice. Nor can it be relied upon as preventative care, cure, or treatment for any disease or medical condition. You should consult a qualified healthcare professional for advice regarding the diagnosis and treatment of any medical condition and before starting any supplementation, nutritional, exercise, or other medical program.


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