5 Tips for Combating Holiday Stress

The holidays are meant to be a time of joy and celebration. However for many of us, it can be a time of stress and overwhelm. Here are 5 tips to help you feel your best this holiday and winter season.

1) Eat well – It is not always easy to eat healthy during the holidays. However, a little planning can help. If you are attending a holiday gathering, do not arrive hungry. Considering having a nutritious protein shake or protein bar before you arrive. A well balanced protein shake or bar can help curb cravings. If you find yourself overindulging in foods and your stomach is in a knot, consider taking a digestive enzyme blend. Digestive enzymes can help support the proper breakdown of fats, carbohydrates and proteins. In addition, a probiotic (friendly bacteria) supplement can also help to keep your digestive system running smoothly during times of stress.

2) Get Plenty of Sleep – Traveling and hectic schedules can disrupt sleep patterns. Poor sleep can lead to fatigue, irritability, poor concentration, and can impact your immune health. Consider trying the supplement melatonin to help with jet lag and trouble falling asleep. Melatonin supports sleep by promoting a healthy circadian rhythm.

3) Boost Your Immune System – Nothing puts a damper on the holidays like a cold or the flu. Keep your immune system strong nutrients such as vitamin D, vitamin C, propolis, Echinacea, zinc, elderberry, or garlic. These ingredients enhance the immune system’s ability to ward off bugs. And of course, don’t forget to wash your hands too!

4) De-stress – Make it a priority to take care of yourself. Schedule a massage, drop in for a quick yoga class, take a hot bath, or simply make a cup of tea and take some alone time. Supplementing with a B complex, relaxing herbs, or Rescue Remedy can help you cope with stressful situations.

5) Get Moving – There is nothing more relaxing and beneficial for your body, mind, and spirit than cardiovascular exercise. Whether it is walking, hiking, running, ice skating, aerobics, or dancing, as long as your blood is pumping and your heart rate is up, it is good for you. And, it doesn’t have to be a long activity. Choose something short (20-30 minutes), fun, and intense. Regular exercise is one of the best ways to ease stress and tension.

Article written by Margo Gladding, MS, CNS, LDN for Ellicott City Pharmacy.

Dec 30, 2011 | Category: Health, Lifestyle | Comments: none | Tags: , , , , ,

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