There are lots of reasons you may experience holiday stress. For some, the holidays may be a memory of happier times with loved ones who are no longer with us. Others struggle with the pressures put on us by society to buy the newest and most expensive gadgets. It’s no secret that the holidays are a bit tense for some. Here are ten tips for handling the season and beating holiday stress, and how using CBD for stress may help.
1. Realize Where The Holiday Stress Comes From
The holiday season is an easy scapegoat for taking out your frustrations, and some of the holiday stress we feel can be self-inflicted. Perhaps you are unhappy with your job, living situation or love life. The holidays may be an easy excuse for you to be vocal about your complaints.
In everyday life, you probably can’t rant about your love or financial woes. So come wintertime, you may be projecting that anger into something that many others can empathize with, such as the holidays.
After all, other people experience holiday stress, too. Sometimes, bemoaning the holidays gives you a common ground to express your negativity with others.
Masking your issues as “holiday stress” isn’t going to make your problems disappear. Consider speaking with a therapist about what triggers your holiday stress. They can assist you in finding sustainable tools to cope with your stress.
2. Embrace the Holidays
The holiday season is hard to get away from once it’s in full swing. From decorations on every storefront to music on the radio to children asking for presents, there’s no hiding from the spirit of the season. Instead of wearing yourself out by fighting the holidays, just go with the flow. The saying, “If you can’t beat them, join them” was created for a reason, after all!
Find ways to make the holidays more enjoyable for yourself. Try making homemade decorations with the little ones in your life. Pick a new holiday cookie recipe from the internet and get to baking. Go to a holiday concert played by a local symphony. All of these positive experiences may shift how you feel about the season.
During the holiday season, there is no shortage of activities that allow you to interact with your friends, coworkers and neighbors. Seeing joy in others can be infectious and might just be the cure for your holiday stress.
3. Learn About Traditions
The end of the year is a culmination of many worldwide celebrations. Holidays take place all across the globe from the end of November until the beginning of February. If you’re tired of the same old song and dance every year, why not learn about some of the customs and traditions that other cultures enjoy?
Some winter holidays include:
- Mawlid el-Nabi
- Three Kings Day
- St. Lucia Day
- Winter Solstice
- Rohatsu (Bodhi Day)
- Mardi Gras
Learning about other cultures broadens your horizons. In fact, education may create a welcome escape for a busy mind. By enriching and stimulating your brain, you can leave your stress behind while you are engrossed in the traditions of others.
You can also do a little research into your own background. Not many of us can honestly say we know how the holidays we celebrate were founded — diving into this type of research may give you a whole new appreciation for the holiday you already observe.
4. Get Sleep
Holiday stress can cause us to stay up late with worry, but missing out on sleep isn’t going to help you come up with a plan to solve your problems. It’s only going to make things worse.
Our body needs sleep to repair the wear and tear we put it through during our day-to-day routines. The last thing our body needs is our mind interrupting its restorative time with chatter about holiday stress.
When we are under stress, our body secretes cortisol. When there is too much of this hormone in our system, it leaves little room to produce the hormone that regulates sleep, melatonin.
Using CBD is one way to help support healthy sleep patterns. Joy Organics CBD Softgels with Melatonin are made with ingredients to support your sleep cycle. We use nanoemulsion technology for our softgels to create the smallest CBD particles on the market, which makes it easier for your body to absorb the cannabinoids. With this formula, you can sleep the holiday stress away.
5. Essential Oils
Essential oils are an all-natural way to support yourself through the holiday tension. For centuries, many people have used aromatherapy as a way to soothe strong emotions.
The power of scent is surprisingly powerful. Smelling your grandma’s latkes can transport you back to your childhood. The smell of fresh pine may help you reminisce about picking out a Christmas tree with your siblings. We all have unique experiences during the holiday season and our sense of smell plays a large role in how we react to them.
Using essential oils this holiday season is an excellent way to practice self care. If the cinnamon candles in the stores are too much or your co-workers went overboard with the pine spray on the office tree, try using some essential oils to soothe yourself.
There are many non-holiday essential oil scents that can help you through holiday stress, including:
- Tea tree oil
As we mentioned earlier, sometimes it’s better to view your problems head-on. Some essential oils may transport you into the holiday spirit if you’re willing to give it a chance.
Some excellent essential oils to put in your diffuser this holiday season include:
- Cinnamon bark
- Clary sage
- Clove bud
If you don’t have a diffuser, you can just waft them straight from the bottle. This method is a wonderful way to fight off holiday stress on the go. You can add some to your bathwater, shampoo or lotion as well.
6. Take a Bath
Soaking in a hot bath is the ultimate form of self-care. For some, it’s the only time of day where you can lock the door and be truly alone. At a time of the year when you’re under immense holiday stress, a bath can be very much needed.
You can use CBD for stress along with essential oils when soaking in the tub. There are many CBD Bath Bombs out there that can help you melt stress away. Turn on some relaxing music, pour a glass of wine and relax with a CBD bath.
7. Do More of What You Love
Create a forcefield to protect yourself from holiday stress by doing more of what you love. It’s hard to stress if you are surrounded by good people and the things that make you smile You won’t have time to dwell over the tension the holidays bring when you surround yourself with more positive experiences.
8. Go Outside
We have stores in Colorado, Illinois, and Kansas, so we know that winter can be unbearably cold for some, but you don’t have to let the bad weather win. There is no denying that we feel much better when we walk around in nature. So, layer up and get outside.
We’re not meant to be cooped up all day. Staying indoors all winter long makes us more likely to make unhealthy choices about our nutrition, zone out for hours on mindless television, and sit in positions for hours that do a number on our posture. All of these actions (or lack thereof) are a recipe for holiday stress.
Even if it’s only for a few minutes, bear the cold. Take deep breaths. Let the fresh air hit your face. You’ll be glad you did.
9. Practice Mindfulness
The holidays can be quite overwhelming. Sometimes, you just need to turn off that noise and tune out for a little bit.
To combat holiday stress, don’t think about it. In fact, try not to think about anything at all. Find a meditation video on YouTube and give meditating a try.
We know it’s hard to sit there without your mind wandering all over the place, so ease yourself into the practice. Start with five minutes per day. Tack on an extra minute or two every couple of days. You’ll be managing your stress in no time!
If meditation doesn’t work for you, you can always try yoga. Yoga is an amazing way to practice mindfulness because you become tuned into your body. With your breath guiding each pose, a moving meditation gives your thinking mind a rest.
10. CBD for Stress
One of our favorite ways to combat holiday stress is CBD. CBD softgels are an easy and convenient way to support your system through the holiday season. Make them a part of your daily routine along with brushing your teeth or making coffee.
Many CBD users love to take CBD tinctures when they’re on the go. This method comes in handy when you’re out shopping or attending the office party you’ve been dreading. With one dose, you get all the benefits of the cannabinoids in our broad spectrum hemp extract.
We hope these 10 tips will be helpful to you as holiday season stress starts to kick in. Do you have another favorite way to decompress during the holidays? Let us know in the comments below!
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Hannah Smith is Joy Organics Director of Communications. She is driven by her passion for providing clear and accessible wellness and CBD education. In 2015, she received her BA in Media, Culture and the Arts from The King’s College in New York City and before Joy Organics, worked as writer and photographer in the Middle East and North Africa. Her work has been featured on Forbes, Vice, Vox, Denver Post, and the Coloradoan.