It is easy to get overwhelmed by the extra to-dos and frantic energy of the holiday season. Planning, organizing, cooking, gifts, travel, house guests, family – it can all be too much, even when we plan to keep it simple. Instead of pushing through all the preparations, try these easy ways to keep the stress away and make the holidays more enjoyable.
Try an essential oil. Calming oils include lavender, rose, orange blossom, ylang ylang, cedarwood, and bergamot. Get the relaxing effects all day long by massaging a few drops onto the blood vessels on your inner wrist or adding some to an aromatherapy diffuser.
Take a walk. Even if it is just a quick loop around the block, getting outside to breathe in some fresh air helps get the qi and blood circulating. While you are walking, focus on your breathing and exaggerate the exhale to really move any stagnant qi.
Find a quiet place. Take small breaks throughout the day. For every hour of work, take 5 minutes for yourself. Sit quietly, pause your busy mind, and recharge before you tackle the next task on your list.
Enjoy a cup of tea. Chamomile, peppermint, passionflower, lemon balm, and tulsi are all great choices for a wonderful calming effect. Enjoy a cup on a break or grab a cup to go and continue with your day.
Visit your acupuncturist. Acupuncture can boost happiness and reduce stress by releasing endorphins and serotonin – your brain’s happy chemicals. Add a classical herb formula to calm the mind and you have the perfect combination for a stress-free holiday. Your acupuncturist can help you not only get through the holidays but enjoy them too!