The Best Way to Chill After Holiday Stress

Written by Alex Reid
Posted January 16, 2020

Dear Reader,

Did holiday stress smack you in the face this year?

It can be challenging to get back to a calm, cool, and collected state of mind — especially when you have to jump right back into the swing of things. 

But getting your stress levels back under control is vital to your health.

Chronic stress can lead to muscle aches, high blood pressure, a compromised immune system, cardiovascular disease, and much, much more.

Massage, meditation, and yoga are fantastic ways to help relieve stress, but many can’t find the time to fit these into a daily routine on a consistent basis! (And others just need an extra boost.)

So, how can you chill out after experiencing holiday stress? 

Take a chill pill!

And by chill pill, we mean natural vitamins, herbs, and oils that help extract tension and stress from the body. 

We have seven stress relievers that really work. The best part: They don’t require extra time or energy to use. Take a look.

1. Ashwagandha. For over 3,000 years, the herb Ashwagandha has been used in Ayurvedic medicine to help with stress and inflammation. This may be just the thing you need to get back to normal after the holidays.

Not only is Ashwagandha fantastic for relieving stress, it’s also great for supporting immune system function and cognitive function. It has the ability to regulate serotonin (the feel-good hormone) and reduce cortisol (the stress hormone). 

2. Potassium. Chances are your diet during the holidays included far too few fruits and vegetables and far too many mashed potatoes and slices of pumpkin pie. This could lead to nutrient deficiencies, especially when it comes to potassium!

Potassium is vital for numerous functions throughout the body, including regulating your stress levels, modulating immune function, and normalizing your blood pressure. If you’ve been in a down mood, see if adding some extra potassium helps.

3. Vitamin B12. When your energy levels are low, it can make all of your daily chores more stressful and exhausting. If you’ve been low on energy, vitamin B12 could do the trick.

Vitamin B is referred to as the “energy vitamin” for a reason. It’s essential for energy production, blood formation, DNA synthesis, and overall mental alertness.

4. Magnesium. Tension, stiffness, and irritability could be a sign of low magnesium. Magnesium is crucial for virtually every one of your cells, as well as hundreds of processes throughout the body.

Some researchers estimate that close to 75% of Americans are low on this mineral! Throughout the holidays, you are even more likely to develop a magnesium deficiency if you aren’t watching your diet and consuming plenty of dark leafy green vegetables. 

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5. L-theanine. Though you may have never heard of it, L-theanine is an amino acid that helps support relaxation and a calm mind. This stuff is incredible for countering holiday stress!

L-theanine crosses the blood-brain barrier and promotes the generation of alpha waves; these are associated with both alertness and relaxation during the day. At night, L-theanine has the ability to calm the body and promote better sleep.

6. Vitamin D. It’s no secret that vitamin D is amazing for your bones and overall health. But did you know that it can also help promote relaxation and happiness?

Vitamin D helps with your body’s natural production of serotonin. When your serotonin levels are off, your stress tolerance can drop significantly.

7. Lavender Oil. Lavender essential oil can support relaxation and stress relief. Many find the scent calming and soothing. It can help relax the nerves and relieve built-up anxiety.

Lavender oil is also great for sleep. If you have trouble sleeping because of stress, try using an essential oil diffuser or spraying diluted lavender oil on your bedding.

Try out these natural stress-relievers and see if they help you recover from the holidays.

To your health,

Alex Reid Signature

Alex Reid
President, Clear Health Now