Five Simple Tips for Reducing Stress Over the Holidays

Five Simple Tips for Reducing Stress Over the Holidays

The holidays are almost upon us and you know what that means- incessant holiday music, extended shopping hours, super sales and endless social obligations. From Halloween to New Year’s Day it can be a joyous season filled with delicious food, festive cocktails and reconnecting with family and friends. It can also be a season that triggers extreme stress and anxiety.

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Stress triggers are as diverse as those afflicted- seeing family members, catching up with high school friends, completing the shopping list, traveling to family, or completing those home DIY projects. Stress could ruin your holidays, however with a few tips and some help, the holidays can turn into the most wonderful time of the year.

When stress is at its peak, it’s hard to stop and regroup. Try to prevent stress and depression in the first place, especially if the holidays have taken an emotional toll on you in the past. Here are five tips that can help you get through the season:

1. Be realistic. The holidays don’t have to be perfect or just like last year. As families change and grow, traditions and rituals often change as well. Choose a few to hold on to, and be open to creating new ones. For example, if your adult children can’t come to your house, find new ways to celebrate together, such as sharing pictures, emails or videos.

2. Set aside differences. Try to accept family members and friends as they are, even if they don’t live up to all of your expectations. Set aside grievances until a more appropriate time for discussion. Chances are they’re feeling the effects of holiday stress too.

3. Stick to a budget. Before you go gift and food shopping, decide how much money you can afford to spend. Then stick to your budget. Don’t try to buy happiness with an avalanche of gifts.
Try these alternatives:

  • Donate to a charity in someone’s name.
  • Give homemade gifts.
  • Start a family gift exchange.

4. Don’t abandon healthy habits. Don’t let the holidays become a free-for-all. Overindulgence only adds to your stress and guilt.
Try these suggestions:

  • Have a healthy snack before holiday parties so that you don’t go overboard on sweets, cheese or drinks.
  • Get plenty of sleep.
  • Incorporate regular physical activity into each day.

5. Seek natural remedies to manage stress symptoms. Despite your best efforts, you may find yourself feeling persistently anxious, there are natural remedies such as CBD that can help relieve heightened levels of stress. A randomized, double-blind, placebo controlled trial in 15 humans demonstrated that CBD (cannabidiol) reduced measured anxiety. 1 Elevate CBD is one of the few companies in the field that offer several consumer options including gum, lozenges, dissolvable strips, dab and oil to meet your lifestyle and dosing needs.

So bring on the holidays, the shopping, the cooking and the family. Elevate CBD has your remedy.

1. Witkin JM, Tzavara ET, Nomikos GG. A role for cannabinoid CB1 receptors in mood and anxiety disorders. Behav Pharmacol. 2005 Sep;16(5-6):315-31.

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