7 Natural Tips to Reduce Holiday Stress
By Katolen Yardley, MNIMH – Medical HerbalistDecember 12, 2016
The holiday season is a time to spend time with family and friends, an opportunity to give thanks for the fruits of the year and review our blessings. For many however it can also be a time of overindulgence, late nights and sluggish days, which often lead to anxiety, coupled with stress and sleepless nights.
Some simple survival tips for getting through the holiday season
Jump start your mornings with MOVEMENT; no matter how sedentary, social or how busy the rest of the day unfolds, your exercise has been completed! Walking, stretching, weights or running will assist greatly with mental stress, that oh-so-common sluggish fatigue experienced during the holiday season.
Brush that dry skin.
Dry skin brushing is a great way to support lymphatic movement which acts is a filter for the immune system. The lymph removes debris from the body and assists with minimising edema (fluid retention and puffiness). In addition to daily movement of muscles, brush dry skin daily using a natural vegetable bristle brush. Vigorously brush in circular motions, starting from the extremities and working towards the heart, avoiding open skin wounds, inflammation or thin skinned areas.
Eat your breakfast.
A morning meal will help to maintain healthy blood sugar throughout the day and ensure a sense of feeling full, minimizing over eating and provide needed extra energy to get through the daily activities. Steel cut oats is a favorite for supporting healthy nervous system or choose a morning smoothie and top it off with extra Organic Greens (which might be lacking during the holidays).
Reach for your Bitters!
A useful aid for over eating, Digestive Bitters Compound can be used to combat indigestion often experienced at large festive meals and seasonal parties full of rich foods and holiday goodies. The Digestive Bitters Compound stimulates digestive function, minimizing feelings of bloating and encourages digestive juices to breakdown and better absorb food, increasing the production of hydrochloric acid, and encouraging the release of digestive enzymes. An ideal support for all digestive functions with a secondary gentle laxative effect.
Support your Liver.
The liver is responsible for breakdown and elimination of waste material and toxins from the body. There is nothing more taxing than excess alcohol ingestion during the holidays; add on rich meals and there is an excess load for the liver to break down and eliminate from the body. Botanica Liver Support Compound contains a blend of Dandelion, Watercress, Milk Thistle, Blessed Thistle and Turmeric to enhance liver function, minimize inflammation and support the liver in maintaining all of its many body functions. An added bonus for many – bitters and liver support may go a long way in preventing hangovers!
Nourish your Adrenals.
When the body is stressed, its capacity to adapt to change is reduced, stress can wreak havoc on the immune, nervous and inflammatory pathways. Botanica Adrenal Support formula contains Holy Basil and Schisandra to optimize healthy adrenal function, and Rhodiola and Ashwagandha to provide energizing support and adapt to stress in the most grace filled way.
Ensure you are sleeping through the night.
SleepThru Compound Liquid Phytocaps provide a rest filled sleep most needed during times of stress and daily increased activity, ideal for calming down those busy minds and for people with frequent waking during the night. This unique formula contains relaxing adaptogen herbs such as Ashwaganda and Passion flower, relaxing to the body during times of stress and to minimise anxiety with Jujube dates, perhaps one of the most useful Traditional Chinese Medicine herbs for insomnia.
Botanica offers a number of high quality, non habit forming herbal products to ensure you are at your best through the holiday season and off to a great start for the New Year. Be sure to ask your local health and wellness store for more information and advice.
Happy, healthy holidays!