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Natural Stress-Free Ways to Survive the Holidays

Even if you love the holidays and await them all year long — we can all agree there’s a significant uptick in stress during this season.  Your schedule is bombarded with visits from family and friends, work events, social events, and family outings, to name a few.  Traffic is more hectic than usual, stores are packed, and it can be quite simple to let it send you into overwhelm.  The most wonderful time of the year comes with a price that goes beyond the extra calories and frantic holiday shopping.

Let this year be different.  Putting a focus on lowering stress can help you enjoy the season without the added pressure. Taking a natural approach to stress through the ancient tradition of Ayurveda might hold the key for surviving the holiday season this year and beyond. Here are some ways to make it through to the New Year with naturally effective stress-busting solutions.

– Try drinking hot water

In Ayurvedic practices, hot water is recommended for digestive health. We need to pay a little extra attention to our digestive system with all the holiday meals going around. Whether you have hot water or tea, doing so 30 minutes to one hour after eating helps you balance out your indulgences.

– Choose warming spices

Maybe that slice of pumpkin pie full of nutmeg and cinnamon isn’t such a bad idea. As it turns out, eating more warming spices like those plus cloves, ginger, cardamom, and turmeric help in keeping balanced. They’re great for restoring a good mood and can help your joint pains feel better too.

– Focus on your blessings rather than nitpicking over calories

Should you eat enough calories for one week in one day? Probably not, but focusing more on the gratitude of being present with those you love is more important.  With great conversations over your meal, focus on those words, and savour every bite. By eating slowly and treasuring the meal, you’ll naturally feel fuller and won’t have room to overdo it. And you won’t spoil the moment by obsessing over calories.

– Practice self-care with Ayurvedic massage

Using warm essential oils to give yourself a 10-minute massage will help balance your Vata. Traditionally, this type of massage is practiced in the morning before bathing. Starting the day off with a massage sounds like a great way to bust stress, doesn’t it?

– Get the golden ticket to better sleep

With all the holiday excitement, you might find it hard to sleep yourself. Try warming a cup of almond milk and adding a pinch of cardamom and turmeric. Drink this before bed and sleep should be deeply refreshing.

– Take time for move

The best way to get rid of stress and keep health flowing through you is to have harmony in the mind and body. Finding a method of movement that suits your lifestyle and physical abilities can be a way of improving both your mental and general health. Move in whatever way makes you happy.

Why not give yoga a go? It opens up our pathways and complements Ayurvedic practices all in one. Put yoga classes on your gift wish list, or better yet, make it the gift you give yourself.

By turning the focus to natural ways of busting stress during the holidays, it will free up your mind to truly enjoy the season for all its many blessings!

Posted by Evolved Nutrition and Naturopathy

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