7 Ways to Ward Off Holiday Stress

By , SparkPeople Blogger

Stress comes in infinite forms, and this time of year, it's hitting us on all sides. Be pro-active and take steps to reduce your stress level, integrating some of these products into your daily routine. Whether you give these to someone you love or treat yourself, we think you'll start to enjoy the holiday season a little more!

New Acupressure Roller Wood Foot Massager Stress Relief: We have thousands of nerve endings in the bottoms of the feet, so it's no wonder that a foot rub feels so good, especially at the end of a long day! When there's no one around (or no one willing around) to give your feet a rubdown, grab one of these and start rolling. Your feet thank you in advance.

Yoga for Beginners Boxed Set (Yoga for Stress Relief / AM-PM Yoga for Beginners / Essential Yoga for Inflexible People)
: You know that yoga has myriad benefits for the mind and body. So when times get tough and life gets busy, it's that much more important to make time for a practice. This set is a great deal and contains three DVDs suitable for beginners. Whether you have five minutes or an hour to practice, moving and stretching the body is sure to release stress and tension--and will provide you with the opportunity to just breathe!   

Aura Cacia - Lavender Essential Oil
: Rather than reaching for aerosol cans of artificial scents, why not reach for natural essential oils instead? Let the calming scent of lavender waft through your home. Sprinkle a few drops in your bath water, add it to unscented lotion or oil, or use a bit on a washcloth for a natural dryer sheet. Mix with distilled water and spritz a tiny bit on your sheets for a restful night's sleep!

The World's Best Massage Techniques The Complete Illustrated Guide: Innovative Bodywork Practices From Around the Globe for Pleasure, Relaxation, and Pain Relief
: Human touch is powerful, and massage can do more than just relax the mind and body. Learn how to offer massages to your loved ones as a way to lessen anxiety, alleviate pain, and create a connection. (Or maybe this would be a great gift for someone else so you can be the beneficiary!)

Rescue Pastilles Black Currant
: Bach's Rescue Remedy has been around since the 1930s. These homeopathic pastilles, made from the essences of flowers, are intended to relieve stress and anxiety. (Of course, you should always discuss any supplement with your health-care provider.)

Nag Champa Incense Sticks
: Scents can have a formidable effect on the body, and nag champa is no exception. Perhaps the best known of all Indian incense, Nag contains plumeria and sandalwood, among other scents. Burn a stick when you're in need of a peaceful, meditative environment.

Which product do you think would be the most effective in relieving your stress? How do you unwind after a busy day?

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Really interesting info! Report
I used to use lavendar and camomille bath salts. It was very relaxing and calmed me down. I give myself foot massages often when I have lots of stress and pain. It really helps. When upset, I like to go for a walk or go shopping even if I don't buy anything. Just being around other people, helps destress in a non threatening environment. It is not the holidays that stresses me so much as keeping the house looking decent along with cooking and baking. Report
I used rescue remedy for a long time and it worked great to calm me quite quickly, especially after a bit of shock. I am not sure why I stopped. Now I drink a warm cup of tea with lemon or cold pressed apple cider and inhale deeply before each sip I burn a very mild incense since I am quite sensitive to strong scents. Report
Take a few moments, have a cup of fragrant tea and slowly breathe. Report
I love Rescue Remedy....and a brisk outdoor walk Report
I found one of these that can really help me (not just holiday-time).

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I'll be looking for stress relief methods that don't require spending money--that being a major stressor this time of year. WHY do we so often feel that buying things is the way to ease our problems? Report
love your comments, right on ladies! where's there's Jesus Peace there is no room for stress...surpasses all understanding :) Report
I'm going to get the book so DH can give me a massage. :) Because the way i handle stress is to go for a long walk. Report
I use scentsy or the more affordable equivalent. I also spend time with the Lord to help me stay focused Report
I have room sprays that I use that make my house smell so good! I also love candles! When I light them it gives me a sense of peace. One other way to reduce stress is to remember the true meaning of the holidays. It's not about going crazy gift shopping and decorating your house like Mr. and Mrs. Jones, but it's about making your house presentable so if you have company, they won't trip over the clothes in the hallway and there won't be mounds of dishes in the sink, but no one says you have to be another Martha Stewart! Don't get me wrong, she is a great lady with lots of talent, but that is what she does for a living! Have a happy holiday season everyone! God bless you! Report
I've never understood why the holiday season is stressful. I find it transcendent thanking God for His many blessings and celebrating the birth of His son, my savior! Report