3 Tips to Fight Stress and Anxiety This Holiday Season

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While the holiday season can be a joyous time of year and a great opportunity to spend time with family and friends, the season can also bring unwarranted stress, anxiety, and even depression. With the combined excess shopping, multiple social events, and entertaining guests the season can become too much to handle. The American Psychological Association found that stress particularly affects woman during the season due to their primary role of shopping, cooking, and cleaning. (1)

Letting our stress get the best of us can lead to unhealthy stress management behaviors such as over indulging in comfort foods and alcohol. Usually, these techniques do not make us feel better, but often far worst. There are healthier ways to manage stress during the holidays, here’s our top 3 tips.

Get Support

When we allow ourselves to put too much on our plate tasks can become quite overwhelming. Anxiety disorders are common in people of all ages. During the holidays anxiety symptoms may be amplified. Common physical anxiety symptoms include:

  • Increased heart rate

  • Unexplained sweating

  • Shaking

  • Inability to breathe deeply

  • Hyperventilating

  • Feeling cold for no reason

  • Having hot flashes for no reason

  • Stomach cramps

  • Feelings of dizziness

If you suffer from mild to debilitating anxiety common tasks such as shopping or attending social events can be especially difficult. Try getting additional support by bringing a friend along with you. Through social support you can feel more relaxed and secure in public. (2) Having a friend or spouse to help with shopping, cooking, or cleaning can also help take the load off your back.

If while out at an event becomes too overwhelming understand that it is okay to go outside for a moment to practice deep breathing or have a moment of peace and quiet before returning to the crowd. Deep breathing has been proven to help calm feelings of excitement and induce relaxation. (3)  Shortness of breath is one of the most common symptoms of anxiety. (4) Taking a moment for self is not weak or selfish, it’s an important part of self-care. Whether it is a break from shopping, cooking, cleaning, or socializing, make sure you take the time for yourself this holiday season.

Before heading out for the day to do hectic holiday shopping or partake in social events that may make you feel uncomfortable pack yourself a water bottle with to scoops of Mellow Mood to help ensure you stay calm, relaxed, focused, and stabilize your mood. Mellow Mood contains five synergistic ingredients to help support the brain and body against stress and anxiety. One ingredient in Mellow Mood especially affective against panic disorders is myo-Inositol. (5) Another powerful ingredient in Mellow Mood is L-theanine. “A calming effect is usually noted within 30 to 40 minutes after L-theanine is taken at a dose of 50 to 200mg, and typically lasts 8 to 10 hours. Moderate anxiety symptoms often improve with a regimen of 200mg once or twice daily.” (6). What is amazing about the combined natural ingredients in Mellow Mood is its ability to increase dopamine and serotonin naturally without synthetic chemicals, drugs, or negative side effects. (7) Keeping a canister of Mellow Mood in your purse can be a life saver when put in a particularly uncomfortable situation and help you make the best of it.

Prioritize Excercise

Making time for exercise is probably the last thing to do on your holiday season list, but what you did not realize is that being active can actually elevate your mood and ability to cope with stress. Physical activity stimulates the production of endorphins in the brain. Endorphins are chemical messengers of the brain that act as analgesics or diminish the perception of pain. (8) Endorphins also triggers positive feelings in the body described as euphoric. These feelings are compared to a “runner’s high” and are accompanied by a positive and energizing outlook on life. (9) Exercise has been proven to:

  • Reduce stress

  • Ward of Anxiety and feeling of depression

  • Boost self confidence

  • Improve sleep

If getting motivated or energized to start a workout seems difficult, try taking 5-10 drops of Thyroid Warrior to help boost your energy levels, mental clarity, and stamina naturally. (10) Iodine may also increase your energy levels, making it easier for you to get into the gym and commit to a workout routine. If you are often feeling worn down or tired, you may not be getting the optimal energy levels needed from your body due to an iodine deficiency. Studies have shown that 80% of people with low thyroid hormone levels, which occur due to iodine deficiency feel tired and sluggish. (11) Your body needs iodine in order to make energy. (12) Just add 5-10 drops of Thyroid Warrior into a small glass of water and drink down before a workout and you are sure to have more energy and stamina to get through the vital task. Committing to three 30-minute workouts a week will help you get all the positive benefits that come from exercise.

Choose Your Battles

For some of us the holiday stress comes from having to spend time with family, friends, or co-workers that have differences. Whether its religion, politics, lifestyle, or personality it can be easy for people/relatives to rub each other the wrong way. Try not to let every remark get under your skin or you will end up feeling miserable the entire time. Set aside your differences and agree to disagree. Of course, this can be easier said than done, but by choosing your battles you can reduce the stress and anxiety. Remember this is the season of joy and happiness and no one is worth robbing your joy.

Conclusion

Even the most balanced, calm and collective people have their fair share of struggles during the holiday season. Using these three simple steps may help minimize the effects of stress anxiety. Biowarrior nutraceuticals were designed to be effective, natural resources to help people have more energy, mental clarity, better mood, and stay calm and relaxed. When the basic tips of healthy eating, exercise, and deep breathing aren’t enough getting extra support from high quality, bioavailable vitamins, minerals, antioxidants, and amino-acids might just be the answer.