The holiday season is in full swing, and you may be feeling the effects – both positively and otherwise. Though this year is rich with tradition and togetherness, it can also bring on a lot of STRESS. From holiday shopping and cooking to hosting guests and going to parties, its easy to get overwhelmed and rundown. Add in the overindulgence that is so characteristic of the holidays, and it’s enough to leave anyone feeling less than great. Now more than ever self-care needs to be a top priority — with stress management and support high on the list!
Here are our top 6 tips to help you manage stress through the holiday season:
1. Deep, Mindful Breathing: One easy, simple way you can decrease stress is with a breathing practice. Stop and check-in with yourself a few times throughout the day; take a few moments to breathe deeply, mindfully, with a long, slow exhale. This technique has been shown to signal your brain and body to relax. Try it before you rush into your daily to do list, again during your lunch break, when you get home from work, and any other time you start to feel the stress creeping up. By setting aside a few minutes each day to focus on your breathing, you can reduce stress and tension — no matter where you are or what else is going on.
2. Balanced Nutrition: Healthy eating is the cornerstone for a balanced mind. When it comes to stress, there are certain key nutrients that can help support you. Arm yourself from the get go with a healthy, protein-rich breakfast. Pack healthy snacks to keep you going through the day. Incorporate fatty fish into your diet, and choose healthy fats like avocado, coconut oil, and grass-fed eggs or beef. Balance your diet with leafy greens and taste the rainbow of fruits and veggies. If you’re feeling extra stressed, try sipping a warm, soothing cup of tea like passionflower, barley, or mint tea.
3. Vitamins & Supplements: Following up with nutrition — some people may benefit from supplementation as well, especially considering much of the American population is deficient in many key nutrients. Consult with a doctor to find out what your body specifically needs — but know that when it comes to stress, B vitamins, vitamin D, magnesium, calcium, and omega-3 fatty acids have all been linked to mood and stress as well as overall health.
4. Stay Hydrated: Did you know that dehydration can negatively affect your mood? Stay hydrated to combat stress and mood issues! We suggest aiming for the recommended 8 glasses of water a day, be sure to consult with your doctor if you have any health issues or need specific nutritional guidance.
5. Fitness – When it comes to stress, exercise is one of your best friends! Working out releases endorphins, the body’s natural “feel good” chemicals. Besides boosting mood and energy and relieving stress, potential added benefits of exercise include weight management, pain relief, boosting heart health, and overall well-being. Wake up 15 minutes earlier in the morning and put on a workout video, hit a group fitness class after work, or try going for a walk during your lunch break or after dinner. Make fitness a #selfcare priority — your mental and physical wellbeing depend on it!
6. CBD – Topping our stress-buster list is CBD! Research has shown that CBD actually changes brain chemistry and blood flow in the brain, thereby improving mood and — you guessed it — reducing stress! In addition to helping reduce feelings of anxiety and stress, CBD also changes the way our brain responds to anxiety. It’s important to choose high quality CBD that is third-party tested and free from THC, pesticides, and harmful chemicals. At Kono Naturals, our tinctures are specially formulated with organic CBD that is sustainably grown, third-party tested, and always under the 0.3% THC legal limit. Visit our shop now to place an order — and be sure to connect with on social media @kononaturals