How to Relieve Stress During the Holiday Season

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Tips on How to Reduce Stress During the Holidays

As the year progresses toward the holiday season, I find myself looking forward to all of the cheer the holidays can bring. Time with family and friends, festive activities, beautiful lights and decorations around. These are the things which inspire the kid in me to delight in the great potential for joy this time of year. However, the adult in me knows what is truly ahead — stressful planning of holiday activities and events, family misunderstandings that are the result of too much time together (or not enough, in the juggle of relatives’ and in-laws’ gatherings), straining the family budget with the addition of gifts and parties…and on and on.

Over the years, I have learned to carve out some special rituals to cope with the more stressful elements of the season. I find myself valuing more and more the time and attention I give to myself in this process, as one of the best gifts we can give to anyone else is our own ability to navigate the stressors with happiness, grace and a sense of peace. Here are five things that help me release the stresses and return to a place of calmness.

1. Drink Herbal Tea

Not only do I enjoy different teas during cooler months for their warming effect, I love the act of slowing down for a moment to enjoy a sip of tea. I especially love Frontier’s own Warming Crimson Berry blend for its delicious aroma, flavor and color (the hibiscus turns it a festive red). This combination is ideal for a little warmth and cheer during the holiday season, and leaves me with a sense of peace.

2. Use Essential Oil Blends For Atmosphere

Although I diffuse a lot of oils in my home throughout the year, I spend extra care and consideration during the holidays to create blends that evoke peace and happiness. I love the seasonal combinations of citrus and spice oils, and I typically add a bit of vanilla as well, to fill my home with comfort and sweet joy. My favorite combination of essential oils for the holidays is a blend of nutmeg, sweet orange and vanilla essential oils diffused in the kitchen.

3. Let Go Of Stuff And Try To Capture More Time

Rather than breaking the budget on buying more stuff for friends and family, I try to create experiences that are meaningful to give as gifts. Whether it is a gift of a movie date with my nephews or teaching friends, sisters and nieces how to create their own sugar scrubs, the most important gift we all receive is the quality time spent together.

4. Take Baths!

I love to soak away the stressors in a warm, soothing bath. The Aura Cacia Sensual Cinnamon and Ylang Ylang mineral bath is a must have in my home this time of year. Not only is it a wonderful aromatic experience, it is also a crucial element in my winter self-care.

5. Spend Time Outside

Even for a few minutes on a cold day, the fresh air and winter sun are great tools to help reconnect with the natural world. Time outside is the ultimate stress reliever and can help us recharge after long days indoors.

Any or all of these tips can help when you find yourself scattered and tense during what should be an enjoyable time. Take time to build rituals like these in your daily holiday season routine and you will be a happier, calmer person heading into the New Year.