The holidays can be a stressful time for many people and have the potential to cause mental and emotional stress for all sorts of people. This is especially true for holidays occurring alongside the pandemic. Holiday depression can sneak up on anyone, especially those who may struggle with depressive disorders. For individuals and families coping with mental health challenges, the holiday season can be a lonely or stressful time, filled with anxiety and/or depression.
Tips for Managing and Reducing Stress
‣ Be kind to yourself!
‣ Put your own mental and physical well-being first. One of the best things people can do to help alleviate some of this stress is to make sure they practice self-care, such as getting enough sleep, eating balanced meals, and having sufficient downtime.
‣ Recognize what your triggers are to help you prepare for stressful situations. What is making you feel physically and mentally agitated?
‣ Prioritizing your time and activities can help you use your time well.
Making lists and a daily schedule helps ensure you don’t feel overwhelmed
‣ While the holiday season can be merry and festive, it’s also a time of reflection and can sometimes start to feel dark and lonely. If you begin to feel overwhelmed, writing your thoughts and feelings in a journal may help.
‣ Motivational quotes and gratitude lists are also good for staying energized and grateful during periods of stress
‣ Expectations can play a major role in the reason people experience heightened stress levels during the holidays. By setting realistic expectations, a person can reduce the stress being put on themselves and on the occasion.
‣ Practice saying ‘no’. You’re one person, and there’s only so much you can do in a given day or a given holiday
Get outdoors More exposure to direct sunlight can help balance your hormones, elevate your vitamin D levels, and help improve your internal circadian rhythm.
Once you know this, you can take steps to avoid or cope with stress. By acknowledging what you are feeling, you will be better able to accept your own emotions and recognize that the negative ones will pass. The holidays are a time to show the people in your life how much they mean to you. That includes you, too.
Products and Herbs to help reduce stress and anxiety
Christmas Cholla Essence – Gives support when we have too many demands upon us and feel overextended, gives a feeling and accepting abundance, self-acceptance, approaching life with loving relaxed attention. Clear boundaries on all levels. Finding a balance that keeps alive the purity, excitement, and direction of your soul’s expression, your path, your work.
Heavenly Tea – This full-bodied herbal tea is refreshingly floral and slightly tart with notes of citrus. The hibiscus gives it a vibrant crimson color, and it is particularly enjoyable when served chilled or sweetened. Caffeine-Free. Perfect to end a stressful day.
Ultra Healing Salve – Hemp has been shown to have anti-inflammatory and pain-relieving properties. Hemp may be useful for treating many skin conditions as well, due to its antimicrobial, antibacterial, and anti-fungal properties. Coconut oil has been shown to have anti-inflammatory, moisturizing, and antimicrobial properties. St John’s wort has anti-inflammatory, vulnerary, astringent, and antimicrobial actions. Menthol crystals and camphor oil are added for the hot/cold effect.
Remember, with a little planning and luck, you can give yourself the gift of a holiday without stress. Self-care is important, take time to do something personally meaningful to you.