How to Relieve Stress From the Holidays

The holiday season can be kind of an assortment of emotions. While it's often a marvellous time of year to celebrate with family and friends, it can also be expensive, overwhelming, and busier than busy.

Given these factors, you’ve got some significant potential for disrupted sleep during and after the holiday season. Even if you absolutely love the holiday season, everything that comes with it can really add up afterwards, as your sleeping hours diminish. Regardless of how much fun they can be, there are various ways that the holidays can affect your sleeping routine long after.

Is Passionflower Good For Sleep

Passion flower is a common name for the passiflora incarnata that grows on vines. This an exotic flower that has a bluish-purple-white tint to it. It is a herbal supplement that has been used for over centuries to help with nervounesss and for individuals that have trouble sleeping.

Passion flower helps in the relief of those who have problems shutting their mind off from running thoughts. These symptoms can usually cause a person to lose sleep in the evenings making them feel sluggish and tired the following day. 

This flower is known to boost the levels of gamma-aminobutyric acid (GABA) in your brain. This compound lowers brain activity which may help you relax and sleep better.

In addition to its calming and restorative effects passionflower is also an antispasmodic herb making it a great herb for calming both the physical body and mind. These flowers are ultimately a soother for the entire body promoting recovery from the stress of the day and promoting sleeping. It is a beautiful remedy for anyone who can’t turn their mind off or who suffers from fatigue, or lack of sleep. It does not have any major side effects, making it very safe.

How to Calm Yourself Down 

We all find ourselves in situations at some point where we try to calm ourselves down naturally. Whether you're about to do a presentation, enter a new job or interview there are exercises that you can take with  you on a daily basis to place yourself at ease.

  • Take slow, deep breathes
  • Soak in a warm bath
  • Listen to soothing music
  • Meditation
  • Write it down
  • Get some fresh air
  • Lavender essential oils 
  • Physical activity

There are moments when we are in public places and can’t do certain exercises. A tip is you can always take breathing exercises with you. When you’re receiving that feeling of anxiety it is important to focus on your breathing. 

Hold your breath for 3 seconds and release. Repeat this as many times until you feel that the progressive muscle relaxation has quicked in an those anxious thoughts have faded away.

All these tips are a great way on how to calm down anxiety. Negative thoughts and stressful situations  can become overwhelming at times. Taking care of our mental health is extremely important. Pay attention to your body's signals, if in need of a walk of fresh air or a nice warm cup of tea, ensure that you find the time to relax.

How to Stop Feeling Overwhelmed and Anxious meditation / yoga

It’s natural that at times we all feel overwhelmed and anxious. However it is important to address what is making us feel this way. Understanding what triggers us to feel this way, directs us into the direction to not place ourselves in these feelings.

Chronic stress, anxiety and depression are all things that can trigger our mental health and physical health by increasing our blood pressure. It’s good to sit back and realize what is overwhelming us and how we can solve this  to avoid this feeling in the future. 

If it’s work or at home, delegating tasks can be something to look into. Perhaps you have too much on your plate that isn’t allowing you to relax and think properly.

Creating a schedule to help delegate your tasks with the appropriate time lines. To avoid the feeling of pressure with last minute “to-do” items.

The great thing about changing our lifestyle is that there’s always room for improvement.. Exercising and eating right plays an enormous role in our thought and function process. Fueling our body with the right nutrients will change the way we feel and think. Eliminating the feeling of sluggishness and bloating. 

Great Exercises:

  • Running
  • Yoga
  • Hiking
  • Dancing
  • Swimming

Overall, it is important to have a great balance between life/work/ and everyday tasks. Creating a schedule and planning out everything in advance can diminish the symptoms of keeping our mind up at night and staying awake. Getting that good night's sleep is important to help with productivity the following day. 

 

Disclaimer 

Pascoe Canada does not offer health or medical advice as we are not a healthcare practitioner. Please speak with your healthcare practitioner before beginning any program related to nutrition, diet, exercise, fitness, medical, and/or wellness. All content published by Pascoe Canada is developed through collaborating with licensed medical professionals and contributors. This includes text, graphics, images, and other material on the website, newsletter, and products (“Content”). This content is for informational purposes only and does not constitute medical advice. The content does not substitute professional medical advice, diagnosis, or treatment. Please always do your own research on whether this is for you along with your healthcare practitioner advice. Always consult your healthcare practitioner prior to using specific herbs because you might have underlying conditions that need professional care. The content is general in nature and is subject to change. It is not intended to cover all possible uses, directions, precautions, warnings, drug interactions, allergic reactions, or adverse effects.

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