From seasonal blues, to travel anxiety and garden-variety worry, it can be difficult to feel like you’re staying balanced this time of year. Once you’ve packed your busy schedule and are ready to head out for the holiday season, here are few ways to help you maintain your emotional cool throughout the journey.
Meet the Adaptogens
Adaptogens are herbs known to help increase the body’s resistance to stress and exert a positive effect on the various systems, including immune, nervous and cardiovascular function—making them great additions to your stress-busting toolkit. Ashwagandha and Rhodiola rosea, also known as simply rhodiola, arctic root or golden root, are both adaptogens, acting as stress relievers and balancers. (You can read more about ashwagandha in our article Destress with Ashwagandha.) Both of these adaptogens are available in easy-to-take tincture and capsules.
Aside from making you tired, stress can also leave you feeling frazzled and affect mental acuteness. Utilizing ashwagandha, rhodiola and a host of other brain-boosting herbs and minerals, Source Naturals’ Brain Charge® may help provide the extra cognitive support you need.
Optimistic®, also by Source Naturals, is another supplement formulated to help support emotional equilibrium. It too has rhodiola, as well as a host of other herbs, to help contribute to an overall positive mood.
Keep These Vitamins Handy
Among all its other great attributes, vitamin C is a powerful antioxidant that helps to regulate cortisol, the stress hormone. Can’t go wrong with that! During stressful times, our energy level tends to wane a bit. Many of the B vitamins in a B complex are directly involved in energy production. And, the vitamin B6 specifically helps the body produce serotonin and melatonin, two things that are directly involved in our quality of sleep. An important component to our overall health, sleep is the body’s time to restore itself at a cellular level. That’s why it’s extra important to make sure we’re getting enough when we have extra stress in our lives.
Alternatives to Supplements
Maybe taking supplements isn’t your thing. No problem! Here are a few alternatives for you to try.
Aromatherapy is like a mini-vacation in a bottle. Simply taking a few whiffs of an essential oil can help lift your mood by stimulating your olfactory senses and interacting with your brain, especially that part of the brain called the limbic system. Made up of several parts, the limbic system is in charge of emotions and memory. Lavender is one such essential oil that can help to smooth jangled nerves. Available in mist, oil or roll-on form, Chill Pill is an essential oil blend made by Aura Cacia specifically for helping to create harmony.
Aside from creating a nice breather, taking a pause for tea could have other soothing benefits. Did you know, the menthol in peppermint is a muscle relaxer? In addition to clearing your head, sipping mint tea may put you more at ease. The dried flowers of chamomile create a mild herbal tea that is great for helping to calm nerves, your tummy and even help promote sleep. Green tea contains polyphenols—micronutrients packed with antioxidants—which helps to quash anxiety and stress.
Dr. Bach believed that the essence of various flowers, plants and trees held the key to helping balance all the various emotional states we experience. Over 80 years ago, he developed a method to harness the healing powers of these plants. Each of the five wild flowers crafted in Nelson Bach’s Rescue Remedy were carefully chosen to combat stress and create a sense of calm. Taken internally, Rescue Remedy is available in a spray and several flavors of tasty pastilles as well.