Managing Stress During the Holidays
The end-of-year holiday season is much loved by all, but for some people, it can also feel like the most chaotic period of the year. With demands from family and friends and the year coming to a close, self-care can often feel impossible to make a priority. Here are some ideas for how to combat stress during the holidays:
1. TAKE A 5-MINUTE YOGA BREAK: There are many poses in common yoga practice that are touted to help quell anxiety, and even if you’re not an experienced yogi, you should be able to find a few poses that can work for you. Even holding Easy Pose (sukhasana), which is simply sitting cross-legged, hands on your knees, and finding stillness, can bring about feelings of relaxation. Do some online research or download a yoga app to start a simple practice and see how you reap the benefits. These poses from Yoga Journal are a great place to begin.
2. MASSAGE PULSE POINTS ON YOUR FEET: Foot reflexology has been around for a long time and is a common naturopathic practice. In reflexology, different areas of the feet correspond to different organs throughout the body. This piece from Well + Good includes some great suggestions and a handy foot reflexology chart, so you can start experimenting with massaging different areas on your own right away. For relaxation and hydration all at once, try a foot massage with Hempathy’s Revitalizing Body Lotion.
3. DRINK MORE TEA: There are so many delicious tea blends out there that can promote a sense of calm and relaxation. People often think of chamomile as the go-to relaxation tea, but actually other lesser-known ingredients like lemon balm, tulsi, and valerian are even more powerful when it comes to relieving stress and mellowing you out. This great roundup from One Green Planet highlights some seriously chill tea blends, or try experimenting and mixing it up on your own. There are also hemp teas out there, some of which contain CBD (cannabidiol)–these are said to have many benefits, including relaxation. Do your research before incorporating CBD into your stress-relief routine.
4. STAY AWARE OF YOUR NEEDS: Yes, this is the season of giving, but it’s also a great time to assess your mental, spiritual, and physical well-being. It’s easy to get caught up in the holiday hustle, but remember, you can’t be there for others if you’re not taking care of yourself. Take some time to journal about your feelings and experiences–not just the bad stuff, but the things you’re grateful for, too. If there are big life changes you want to make or things you want to work on, the new year is the perfect time to recalibrate, think big, and set goals that motivate and sustain you. Don’t think about this as new year’s “resolutions.” Think of it as resolving to be a slightly better version of yourself this coming year than you were before! We like these hemp notebooks for journaling inspiration!
5. TAKE ADAPTOGENIC HERBS: This category of herbs helps the body function better during times of stress. Some adaptogens you may have heard of before include ginseng, holy basil, milk thistle, ashwagandha, rhodiola, and rosemary. Adaptogenic herbs can help to enhance mental clarity, brighten your mood, and energize a sluggish spirit. Adaptogenic blends come in many forms now. Do some research and check your local natural markets to see what supplements or beverages might be right for you.
Don’t forget about Hempathy! Looking your best keeps you in good spirits and lifts your confidence. Making Hempathy products part of your daily self-care regimen is another way you can stay relaxed and radiant throughout the holiday season and beyond!