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5 Simple Less Stress, Be Merrier Strategies

LavenderThe holidays are a time of celebration, spirit…and stress. Even the merriest among us might need a reminder to take care of ourselves. So in the spirit of planning ahead and planning for wellness, how about a smarter perspective this year?

Rather than vowing to “get back on track” after the New Year, add wellness to this year’s to-do list. It’s easy! Prioritizing health means managing stress, boosting the immune system, eating well, preparing for unexpected sick days and adopting small but significant healthy habits (like washing hands).

Here are five simple strategies for making wellness a priority this season.

1. Take care of yourself while caring for others. Schedule some early-season spa-based gift swaps (make appointments or indulge at home). 100% essential oil gifts for all! Lavender, chamomile and bergamot are known for their calming effects. Homemade Lavender Bath Salts are a great gift, but be sure to make enough for you, too.

2. Make time for stress management. Whether it’s a walk, yoga or other exercise, reading, rest or play, add it to your calendar. Chronic stress can lead to slower immune system responses, impaired cognitive function, digestion problems, lack of appetite control and sleep difficulties. Any of these can put a damper on holiday festivities and your general wellbeing. Here are a few more suggestions to help you relax.

  • Rescue RemedyCheck out Rescue Remedy, a mixture of Bach flower essences (drops, lotion, spray, pastilles) that work to provide natural stress relief.

  • Get enough of the “anti-stress” mineral, magnesium, found in nuts, seeds, whole grains and leafy greens. Known to help promote relaxation, it’s important for nervous system function and for stress management.

  • My favorite tip? Breathe. Focusing on slow, deep breathing is one of the simplest ways to calm our body. Feel the benefits in just 5 minutes!

3. Eat well. Holiday parties (and shopping malls) certainly aren’t known for their “healthy eating” options. But you can still make good choices anywhere. Here are some helpful ideas:

  • Flax SeedsEat before the outing.
  • Choose low glycemic index foods with lots of fiber.
  • Stress can also cause inflammation in the body, so you’ll need more omega-3 essential fatty acids in fish, flaxseed, hemp seed and walnuts.
  • Have whole foods and healthy snacks handy.
  • Hydrate.
  • Enjoy the celebration, but remind yourself of the powerful (if not festive) word “moderation.”

4. Give your immune system a boost. When you need a little extra help staying well, try these tips.

  • Get a boost from immune-supportive supplement formulas, which are well-researched combinations of herbs, antioxidants, vitamins, and minerals.

  • Get more antioxidants. The body’s levels of free radicals are higher under stress. Free radicals are damaging, and antioxidants are needed to neutralize them.  Eat more beans, whole grains, legumes, vegetables, fruits, nuts, seeds and spices.

  • Consider vitamin C, an antioxidant that is quickly depleted when the body is under stress. Among many functions, it supports the adrenal glands, immune system and a healthy inflammatory response.

5. Prepare for unexpected sick days. Everyone needs R&R sometimes, notably during the holidays. When you start to feel run down, give your body a break and keep these.natural remedies at the ready:

  • Elderberry. Revered for centuries as a traditional medicine, the extract of this fruit provides antioxidant and immune support from quercetin and other flavonoids.

  • Echinacea. Studies have shown that this herb can be effective for supporting immune health.

  • Neti pots or nasal flushes. With warm slightly-salted purified water, these devices can help bring relief to congestion and sinus pressure.

Indeed, ‘tis the season to appreciate others, but include self care on your list too. Let us know your favorite ways to take care of yourself during this time of year, and have a healthy and happy holiday season.

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kimmie says …

This is so true. I do it all year round. I mix little bottles for each of my rooms. Some have different scents for different moods, depending on how I'm feeling. There's even one in my car for those heavy traffic days. No synthetic scents for me.

Jessica says …

I have been making my own scents for years. I have two sons that are asthmatic and the synthetic aerosols and perfumes can trigger an attack. Not only is it easy, but it is incredibly cost efficient to make your own perfumes and house sprays. Several friends started requesting that I make a batch for them so often that it is now my go to gift. The Whole Body Department sells small silver spray bottles specifically for that.

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alesia adcock says …

this has helped me a lot on how to not stress and what to do thanks