5 Natural Ways to Beat Holiday Stress

The holidays are such a joyful time, full of parties, family, and fun… But with all of the excitement -- sometimes unwanted feelings of stress and anxiety often creep in as well. It isn’t easy to enjoy all of the festivities when you’re in overwhelm or dealing with staying grounded through family drama.

5 Natural Ways to Beat Holiday Stress and Anxiety

In order to keep your cool during this crazy-busy time, remember to honor the relationship between your emotional health and your physical self-care. Try a few of these healthy remedies to keep yourself feeling relaxed and at-ease over the next several weeks: 

1. MAGNESIUM SUPPLEMENTS

Many research studies have examined the relationship between stress and magnesium levels in the body - one study, in particular, showed that anxiety scores were significantly lower in participants supplementing with magnesium. If you’re looking for an easy way to relax and reduce those stressful feelings right before a big event or family gathering, check out Parker Natural’s I Am Calm Magnesium Calming Formula.

2. MINDFULNESS BREATHING EXERCISES

We all know that taking a nice, long, deep breath is a great way to calm down when we are feeling stressed out. But there are specific breathing exercises designed to reduce feelings of stress and anxiety. A study done on students dealing with test anxiety showed that short, mindfulness breathing exercises significantly decreased their test anxiety by helping them stay present in their experiences.

3. KAVA ROOT SUPPLEMENTS

Kava root is a powerful supplement for stress relief and relaxation. It can be easily consumed as a tea or in tincture form. A review of 11 studies on the effects of Kava on generalized anxiety showed evidence that Kava has the potential to significantly reduce symptoms of generalized anxiety and stress.

4. PRACTICE YOGA

It might be considered common knowledge that exercise is an important factor in our mental health and well being. But not all types of exercise are alike! While any type of movement is better than none, yoga, in particular, is thought to help improve mood and decrease stress and anxiety. This may be due to the way yoga often combines mindfulness and breathing exercises with physical activity. In one study that compared a yoga practice with a metabolically matched walking regimen, it was found that the participants who practiced yoga experienced greater improvements in mood and anxiety levels.

5. SENSORY DEPRIVATION FLOAT TANKS

Float Tanks have become a popular solution for finding groundedness and stress relief. In a study where participants did a series of Float Tank sessions, they experienced decreased symptoms of stress, anxiety, and depression and improved sleep quality and optimism. 

It’s also possible that some of the positive results from the Float Tank sessions were a result of the transdermal absorption of magnesium sulphate (from the solution in which the participants floated).

If you don’t have time to make it to a Float Tank before the holidays, Parker Natural’s I Am Calm Magnesium Calming Formula is a great and easy way to get a dose of magnesium for its calming effects

References: 

http://journals.plos.org/plosone/article?id=10.1371/journal.pone.0180067 

http://journals.plos.org/plosone/article?id=10.1371/journal.pone.0164822 

https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC2959081/ 

https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC3111147/ 

https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC4219027/

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