It’s that time of year when we start seeing news reports about reducing holiday stress. There are more things to get done, more family members and out-of-town visitors to deal with, and sometimes more loneliness and sadness that comes with remembering lost loved ones. These reports often suggest coping techniques such as taking time for yourself, setting clear boundaries with family, and adjusting expectations. All of these are great ways to cope, but there are also natural options that may help ease stress when we have no time to do anything else.
Many herbal blends can help reduce stress by calming the nervous system naturally. These may include Skullcap, Ashwagandha, Lemon Balm, Hops, Passionflower and Valerian Root. Several mushrooms, including Reishi and Lion’s Mane have been reported to aid in calming stress. Magnesium, Zinc, B1, B6 and Folic Acid are just a few of the vitamins and minerals that are often added to these supplements for maximum benefit. One of the hottest and most popular remedies for stress relief these days is CBD oil, which is used for stress and anxiety as much as for pain and inflammation.
There are also many tea blends and natural things right in your pantry that can ease stress. Chamomile tea has been used for centuries for calm and help with sleeping. Peppermint, lavender and Lemon Balm are also great teas to try. These can also be used in their essential oil forms for times when we feel overwhelmed, restless or nervous. It’s best to try some of these remedies now before the chaos of the holiday season is upon you. As with most natural supplements, their effectiveness increases with time.