Many people state stress is a normal part of life. But then again, what is normal?
“Show me a normal man and I will cure him.” -Sigmund Freud
Let’s face it, the holidays are meant to be a magical time, yet many of us find ourselves weighed down by the hustle and bustle. Holiday stress is a unique beast. It can churn up feelings of anxiety, irritability and even helplessness at a time when peace and joy are the “reasons for the season”.
Our everyday stress continue to exist alongside additional pressures of getting from place to place and everything done “in time” for the holidays. Other factors such as family dynamics and financial strains can just add to the weight of it all.
A study from the American Psychology Association shows 8 in 10 people anticipate stress around the holidays due to time, money, and loneliness. In the midst of it all, let’s talk about some natural alternatives for managing stress and anxiety:
Follow Your Breath
Controlled breathing techniques can help ease a panic attack. When an attack strikes, try this breathing exercise: Inhale slowly to a count of four, wait four counts, exhale slowly to a count of four, wait another four counts, then repeat the cycle until the attack passes.
By working with our limbic brain or soothing our muscles topically, essential oils are valuable helpers.
Calming: Jasmine, Ylang Ylang, Lavender, Clary Sage, Chamomile, Rose, Marjoram, Neroli, and Rose geranium
Stimulating: Peppermint, Eucalyptus, Basil, Black Pepper, Birch, and Cinnamon
Mind Clearing: Orange, Lime, Grapefruit, Lemon, Holy Basil, Pine
Grounding: Cedarwood, Vetiver, Ginger, Sandalwood, Rock Rose, Holy Basil, Pine, Spruce
Just Say “No”
Do you have any tried and true techniques for the Holidays? Tis’ the season to share.
With a Grateful Heart,