Fight Holiday Stress with Planning, Vitamins, Tea, Essential Oils and Herbs
Do you realize that in the next few days, we will have celebrated.....Thanksgiving, Christmas, and New Years?
I'm not trying to create more stress in your life. Just think about it.... How much emphasis should we place on all the things we do for these holidays? Be realistic. How much can we do in a few days?
One of the first step in fighting "Holiday Stress" is to get organized and figure out what is really important about the holidays.
What can you fit in the next four and a half weeks? Get out your calendar figure a plan of attack. Make a list, then start thinking of ways to eliminate some of the things we do. How many of these things can you let go or decide not to do.....windows, rugs, basements, garages, attics, porches, cooking, baking, standing in line, fighting traffic, making appetizers, relish trays, vegetable dips, desserts, cookies, candy, shopping, gift buying, wrapping, decorating, hair appointments, nail appointments, spending too much, eating too much, drinking too much, staying up too late? How many did you cross off your list?
Here are a few hints to help you get prepared for the holidays:
- Get up one hour earlier every day. This would mean you would have seven more hours a week to fit in some of these extras things.
- The first two weeks in December do your deep cleaning, decorate, bake a few of the favorite cookies and freeze them.
- Make two shopping lists, one list for food etc. one list for your gift buying. Shop at off times, early morning, late night.
- Stay focused . Get things done. Then..... let it go.
- Next year make yourself a promise to start your cleaning, shopping, and baking in September.
To experience a stress free holiday season, you also need a stress free body mind and spirit. Some of the things that might help fight "Holiday Stress" are vitamins, herbs, herbal teas, herbal baths, and aromatherapy.
One of the first steps to help your body and mind fight stress is to take quality vitamins and herbs that help the nervous system handle the pressures of daily life (or holiday life). Some of the best stress fighters are: Vitamin C, Wheat germ, B Complex, Korean Ginseng (a natural cure for calming nerves), Siberian Ginseng (a nerve tonic for mental clarity, useful for anxiety, insomnia, restlessness, tension, and fatigue) and Kelp (commonly used to reduce the effects of stress on the body).
Next....If you're finding yourself stressed and unable to relax stir up a cup of herbal tea. Chamomile tea will relax you during the day and especially at bed-time. Chamomile was used throughout history as a stress antidote to unravel nerves and irritability. Chamomile is thought to harmonize the emotions. To make a cup of wonderfully delicious tea steep chamomile tea or chamomile flowers into a cup of hot (not boiling) water 3 - 5 minutes add honey or sugar.
Another tea that gives a feeling of tranquillity is a combination of 1 teaspoon of chamomile and 1 teaspoon of lavender flowers. This blend can be very soothing.
Take time for you. Herbal aromatherapy baths are a divine way to relieve "Holiday Stress. Fill the bath with warm water, add lavender essential oil bath crystals and relax. Lavender is known to effect the chemistry of the brain in ways that help relieve insomnia, stress, depression, nervousness and irritability. Fifteen minutes isn't too much to ask when you do so much for others. If you want to "do it all" you need to help yourself feel better mentally and physically. Take time for "YOU."
A few other things that relieve stress are: lavender massage oil (helps relax the body and relieve muscle stiffness), lavender soap (heals and soothes problem skin), lavender flowers (sprinkle a few lavender flowers between your pillow and pillow case for a restful nights sleep).
Remember....just a few days, that's how much time we all have. Figure out what is really important and .......Let the rest go!
Don't hesitate to contact us if you need help finding quality vitamin, herbs, lavender flowers, chamomile teas, essential oil, or herbal bath products.
About the Author Diane Kennedy Snyder is an Herb Specialist. She is the creator of Diane's Herbal Shop, an on-line all natural herbal products gift store. Her company uses natures herbs, herbal teas, and all natural ingredients to manufacture quality soap and bath products that help relieve stress and skin problems. Her products also pamper the body, mind, and soul.