For many of us, our stress levels exponentially climb during the holiday, whether we’re bracing ourselves for Uncle Fred to storm out of the house again or we just feel blue this time of the year. Chances are, most of us get stressed out during the holiday season at one point or another. The bad news is that left unattended, stress can wreak havoc on our bodies. The good news is that we can do something about it.
How stress affects us
Stressful situations trigger our bodies to release stress hormones: adrenaline, cortisol, and norepinephrine jolt us into “fight or flight” mode so that we act quickly and survive. Normally, this is good; these hormones are designed to help us get through “life or death” moments. But chronic, elevated hormone levels can create long-term mental, physical, and/or emotional symptoms in our bodies.
According to the American Institute of Stress, “There are numerous emotional and physical disorders that have been linked to stress including depression, anxiety, heart attacks, stroke, hypertension, immune system disturbances that increase susceptibility to infections, a host of viral linked disorders ranging from the common cold and herpes to AIDS and certain cancers.” They even publish a web page that lists a staggering 50 common signs of stress.
Fortunately, if we pause and remember to take care of ourselves, there are some natural forms of relief that can help.
Find some relief
Exercise is one of the best forms of stress-relief on the planet. Exercise releases endorphins, our bodies’ natural painkillers, which boost our mood. Exercise also helps us sleep better and restore our bodies’ equilibrium. The best part of all is that it doesn’t necessarily cost anything (you can go for a walk right out your front door or do yoga in your living room to a YouTube video). Plus, there are so many forms of exercise, from walking to downhill skiing, that we’re bound to find something that suits our unique preferences.
You can also arm yourself with good juju. One way is to invest in regular supplements known to help calm and relax. Another is to carry around an “on-demand” remedy designed for the unexpected, stressful moments we’re bound to face.
Here are our favorite supplements for finding stress-relief during the holiday season (or any time of year):
- Now’s Cal-Mag Stress Formula
This daily supplement is a mix of Calcium, Magnesium, Vitamin C and B-vitamins, which aid in the production of energy. Vitamin C, in addition to its function as an antioxidant, helps to support a normal adrenal response. This product also provides the daily recommended levels of Calcium and Magnesium, both of which are necessary for skeletal health.
- Natural Vitality’s Natural Calm Powder
Known as the “the anti-stress drink,” Natural Calm is a relaxing Magnesium supplement in powder form. With a raspberry-lemon flavor, all you have to do is simply add 2 tsp to hot or cold water. If you’re out-and-about and don’t have it with you, stop by our cafe for a smoothie and request the Natural Calm smoothie boost!
- Bach Flower: Rescue Remedy
“Rescue Remedy” is a plant-based blend (comprised of impatiens, star of bethlehem, cherry plum, rock rose, and clematis) designed to calm and de-stress in last-minute, unexpected, or emergency situations. Carry it in your pocket or purse. All you need to do is place a few drops under your tongue when you find yourself in a stressful situation. *
- Maine Medicinal: Relax & Restore
This tincture is a plant-based solution for effectively supporting the body’s ability to handle stress. It is formulated to provide immediate relief when situational challenges and threats disrupt or exhaust your bodies’ regulatory capacity. Relax & Restore provides stress relief, helps maintains equilibrium in your body, and promotes mental and physical well-being. *
Learn more ways to find relief
Stress is a big deal. Left attended, it can be debilitating and anxiety-ridden. In addition to the suggestions above, check out these articles for more ways to find relief:
* These statements have not been evaluated by the Food and Drug Administration. This product is not intended to diagnose, treat, cure or prevent any disease.