Tools To Handle Holiday Stress

When we think of the holiday season, we should think of joy and good tidings. But for many, the holidays can bring anxiety, stress or remind us of a lost loved one.

Mental wellness can be greatly helped by making a few changes in how you take care of your body, mind and spirit during the holiday season.

Here are a few tools to handle holiday stress:

  • Sunlight, full-spectrum lighting. Seasonal Affective Disorder (SAD) is a very real problem. Lack of sunlight can cause lack of energy and low moods. Try a SAD circadian Optics lamp.
  • Activity – when you’re feeling low, one of the best things to do is get some activity. Walking, swimming, skiing or even using videos in the cold times will also work just fine. Try putting on some good music and dance the blues away!
  • Good sleep and plenty of rest – Most animals use the winter to replenish and rejuvinate. The quiet, cold and dark makes us want to cuddle up and sleep and it’s OK! If the desire for a nap hits you, take the opportunity and close your eyes.
  • Hydration – It doesn’t seem like we need as much H2O in the winter, but that is so far from the truth. Heaters sap our water and make us dry, both internally and externally. Don’t forget the rule, 1/2 your body weight in ounces each day.
  • Don’t eat too many sweets! During the holidays there are many tempting sweets around all the time. Not only does it add empty calories to our day but it can cause mood swings and make the ups and downs more extreme. Try one good treat per party and eat little bites at a time. Make it last and keep the sugar intake down!
  • Set boundaries around activities and parties – Starting around Thanksgiving the activities begin. From concerts and parties to dinners and gatherings. It’s in our nature to make everyone happy but it’s ok to create boundaries around the busyness. Choose which ones make the most sense and kindly say no to the rest.
  • Self-care – It’s easy to always think about everyone else, but don’t forget to close your eyes and check in with yourself. Have you eaten? Had enough to drink? Are you exhausted? Check out our spa Thanksgiving special and take care of everyone!
  • Seek out help if needed -Sometimes we all need to talk or reminisce, find someone to help, whether family or professional to process through difficult times, memories or feelings that come up.

Supplements that help your body feel better in the dark, winter months.

  • Vitamin C – Helps with prevention of illness, flu or depression.
  • Vitamin D3 – We get our D3 from sunlight. But in the winter, our levels of the “sunshine vitamin” tend to drop. It’s important to add this vitamin to avoid anxiety and depression during the winter months.
  • Vitamin B’s – B vitamins are the group of vitamins that are referred to as the “anti-stress vitamins” since they’re essential for combating the effects of stress
  • Pharma GABA, is a natural form of gamma-aminobutyric acid (GABA) has been shown to help create a profound sense of physical relaxation and focus. It is a safe and effective supplement to help you manage stress naturally.

Services we offer that can help with seasonal depression: (click the link to get more information on each service)