If wrapping gifts has you tied up, and raking snow has you winded, we feel you. Holidays bring stress like no other time of year. And how do we want to decompress and destress? We want it naturally. We want holistic, simplistic, self-care. Here are some tokens for your anti-stress solution arsenal.
1. Sage Your Spaces
As you bring in the new year, why not spark up a cleansing sage? Pine-like in flavor, this wonderful herb is also quite aromatically pleasant. Burning sage is regarded as a restorative, cleansing act that lifts negative energy from the affected area.
It’s not all mystical value. Studies show that sage also has medicinal benefits beyond its spiritual significance. It contains flavonoids, which are plant compounds with medicinal properties that can help improve brain health and possibly reduce diseases that affect memory.
2. Eucalyptus Aromatherapy
This cooling essential oil is perfect for the holidays. It’s refreshing and relieves mental exhaustion of the brain. It eases fogginess of thought that can often occur from the non-stop energy of the season.
Aside from smelling good and brain benefits, it contains antiseptic properties that can help you to fight off any potential seasonal bugs that are floating around.
3. Peppermint Tea
In terms of festivity, what could be more festive than peppermint tea? Apart from being a healthy, liquid candy cane—peppermint tea is perfect for the stomach, heartburn, and overall gut, aiding in healthy digestion.
This is perfect for those holiday meals that may leave you feeling moody and tired, which eventually becomes stressful. Not to mention, it’s simply delicious and generally calming.
4. Fresh Squeezed Orange Mimosas
This one might be strange. Just hear us out on this one, though. The quintessential holiday cocktails are often sweet, syrupy, and heavy, causing risk to your gut and leaving you feeling bloated and tired.
Make freshly squeezed mimosas at home for a lighter experience, and enjoy it with freshly squeezed orange juice. Not only is it refreshing, but vitamin D can also help to lift your mood.
5. Dry Fruit Arrowroot Porridge
Rich in potassium, iron, and B vitamins—this powerhouse starch is packed with benefits for your holiday destressing. It’s good for your metabolism, circulation, heart, and can stimulate your immune system. It’s your defense against letting the stress affect your body to the point of experiencing physical symptoms.
What’s more, it’s delicious when cooked and mixed with some dried fruits. It’s warm, silky, and filling, everything you’d want out of a winter-time snack. Check out this recipe for reference.
Being stressed during the holidays is tradition, but let’s work together to change things up, deal?