Updated: 11/23/2016 3:46 PM | Print Story |  Email

How to De-Stress over the Holidays

The holidays can be stressful, especially for women. In fact, the American Psychological Association found that women end up handling more of the food and decorating challenges, so they can end up with more stress. Andrea Donsky from NaturallySavvy.com brought in some ways for everyone to de-stress this holiday season.

Hempanol: In order to de-stress from the election, and remain calm for the next two months, it is important to nourish our nervous system with a tonic that helps us to manage stress, support our immune system, and relax us. Side benefit: Controls our appetite so we can avoid the extra 10 pounds during the holidays. It is safe for children and babies.
 
#2 Adrenal Gland Support: Nearly 50% of Americans feel their stress has increased over the past five years, and the stress from the recent election didn’t help. With the holidays ahead of us, stress can take a major toll on our adrenal glands so it’s crucial to support and nourish them with proper nutrients or else they can burn out (this is referred to as adrenal fatigue). When the adrenal glands are supported, the body is balanced, our moods are happy, and our sleep patterns are regular (meaning we don’t wake up at 3am ready to start our day!).
 
#3 Coconut Oil: A recent study published in the Journal of Experimental and Therapeutic Medicine showed how virgin coconut oil is more effective than the prescription drug (Diazepam) [1] in combatting stress — without the dangerous side effects. Smear some on your morning toast, apply it to your skin and hair, or add it to your morning smoothie, coconut oil contains powerful antioxidant properties that can support your mental health and fight off free radicals.
 
#4 Magnesium - Soaking in the Bath: Baths are an effective form of stress relief — from improving circulation and relieving headaches, to soothing sore muscles, and inducing sleep. A key ingredient to up your bath ante is to add a scoop of magnesium. Magnesium helps to calm our fried nerves, relieves muscle pain and spasms, and helps to calm our mind at the end of the day so we can get a restful night’s sleep.  
 
#5 - Essential Oils: Research shows essential oils have been proven to reduce stress and anxiety, help with panic attacks, and boost our mood. She will show a "Ylang Ylang" that helps with mental fatigue, "Melissa" which is super calming, and "Sandalwood" helps to ground us. Essential oils contain terpenes and other properties that help to calm our active minds and melt our stress away. Add a few drops to your bath, place a few drops on your pillow, blend them with a carrier oil (i.e. coconut oil) and massage onto your skin, diffuse them, or inhale them straight from the bottle.  
 
Tip: Always use pure oils that don’t contain additives and haven’t been diluted with chemicals.
 
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