How to Avoid Holiday Stress & Burnout Naturally
Overload. Scramble. Burnout. The holiday rush can bring with it these common feelings, as the anticipation of joyful times with our loved ones approaches. As our bodies adapt to colder weather and our home environment changes, our physical and mental immunity can be compromised. And with that may come the additional experience of stress, anxiety, fatigue, irritability, mental fog, and the consequential physical manifestations such as digestive and respiratory illness.
Let us not forget that many medicines come from nature, and that nature provides us with effective tools to prepare for times of added stress too. Nourishing our bodies and minds naturally can be immensely helpful in supporting the body and the mind during the holidays. From our herbal experts, here are some well-known herbs that can help you build resilience and maintain vitality, the natural way.
Lemon Balm is a natural powerhouse. A member of the Mint family nothing soothes, yet gently invigorates like Lemon Balm. It has been used since the Middle Ages to reduce stress, promote better sleep and ease pain. Try this relaxing herb in combination with Verbena Scent, from our Lemon Verbena body care. Lemon Balm with 100% pure essential oils has the power to enliven and awaken your senses while relieving depression and fatigue. Bright and cheerful citrus aromatherapy essential oils brighten your day and boost your exhausted mind to leave you feeling soothed, refreshed and vibrant. Let the sweet citrus and energizing scent of the Lemon Verbena Body Care Set invigorate your soul from head to toe.
Skullcap has been used as an herbal supplement for more than 200 years. A mild relaxant, it can be useful in reducing anxiety and nervousness. Studies show American skullcap has significant antioxidant effects, and may help protect against neurological disorders. When you are feeling frazzled and irritable from stress and anxiety that causes headaches, moodiness and trouble staying focused, soaking in a Relaxing Hydrotherapy Bath can be just the right solution. Skullcap is a favorite for pushing away negative thoughts, worries and anxiety.
Chamomile is perhaps the most commonly known and beloved of relaxing herbs. It can be used to reduce anxiety, for healing physical wounds, and to reduce inflammation or swelling. It can also aid digestion. If you have trouble either falling asleep or staying asleep or not feeling rejuvenated after you rest, Chamomile infused extracts such as Sleep Support, provide a natural solution to help you unwind, fall asleep faster and longer and wake up more refreshed.
Used as a folk remedy to relieve high blood pressure, calm anxiety and soothe digestion. Linden is a cooling and moistening herb, ideal for those that normally feel heated, frazzled, short-nerved, and tense. This is why we formulated a Cardiovascular Support Extract, to heal, strengthen and maintain a healthy cardiovascular system for optimum vitality and better performance with Linden. Linden is also great for relieving muscle tension like menstrual cramps and headaches.
Passionflower is another little powerhouse of goodness. While its calming benefits are promising in addressing anxiety and insomnia, studies show passionflower to have anti-inflammatory, anti-asthmatic, antitussive, glucose-lowering, anticonvulsant, sedative, and anti-anxiety effects. And studies of different varieties promise a myriad of other possible beneficial uses. Passionflower is found in our Stress Balance Extract, promoting relaxation and calm to help you get through stressful days with ease.
Tulsi is an Adaptogenic nervine that can help the body adapt to stress, anxiety and mental fog. If you are looking to feel calm, cool and in control with more energy, focus and serenity, our Adrenal Adapt Herbal Extract has got you covered. A few drops of this amazing extract three-times each day can help you find more peace and balance in your moods and symptoms associated with Adrenal fatigue. Reduce chronic stress and fatigue with this holistic extract, which works by helping the body achieve more balanced Adrenaline and Cortisol levels.
Living a balanced life helps the body stay strong and healthy on the inside and out. Don't forget to nourish yourself, so you can be the best version of yourself for those who depend on you. Explore these beloved herbs to help you reduce stress, sleep better and feel more calm to avoid burnout and enjoy the most out of the season!
University of Rochester Medical Center - A Guide to Common Medicinal Herbs
MountSinai.org - Skullcap
Jean M. Bokelmann MD, in Medicinal Herbs in Primary Care, 2022