7 Ways to Ward Off Holiday Stress

By , SparkPeople Blogger

Stress comes in infinite forms, and this time of year, it's hitting us on all sides. Be pro-active and take steps to reduce your stress level, integrating some of these products into your daily routine. Whether you give these to someone you love or treat yourself, we think you'll start to enjoy the holiday season a little more!

New Acupressure Roller Wood Foot Massager Stress Relief: We have thousands of nerve endings in the bottoms of the feet, so it's no wonder that a foot rub feels so good, especially at the end of a long day! When there's no one around (or no one willing around) to give your feet a rubdown, grab one of these and start rolling. Your feet thank you in advance.

Yoga for Beginners Boxed Set (Yoga for Stress Relief / AM-PM Yoga for Beginners / Essential Yoga for Inflexible People)
: You know that yoga has myriad benefits for the mind and body. So when times get tough and life gets busy, it's that much more important to make time for a practice. This set is a great deal and contains three DVDs suitable for beginners. Whether you have five minutes or an hour to practice, moving and stretching the body is sure to release stress and tension--and will provide you with the opportunity to just breathe!   

Aura Cacia - Lavender Essential Oil
: Rather than reaching for aerosol cans of artificial scents, why not reach for natural essential oils instead? Let the calming scent of lavender waft through your home. Sprinkle a few drops in your bath water, add it to unscented lotion or oil, or use a bit on a washcloth for a natural dryer sheet. Mix with distilled water and spritz a tiny bit on your sheets for a restful night's sleep!

The World's Best Massage Techniques The Complete Illustrated Guide: Innovative Bodywork Practices From Around the Globe for Pleasure, Relaxation, and Pain Relief
: Human touch is powerful, and massage can do more than just relax the mind and body. Learn how to offer massages to your loved ones as a way to lessen anxiety, alleviate pain, and create a connection. (Or maybe this would be a great gift for someone else so you can be the beneficiary!)

Rescue Pastilles Black Currant
: Bach's Rescue Remedy has been around since the 1930s. These homeopathic pastilles, made from the essences of flowers, are intended to relieve stress and anxiety. (Of course, you should always discuss any supplement with your health-care provider.)

Nag Champa Incense Sticks
: Scents can have a formidable effect on the body, and nag champa is no exception. Perhaps the best known of all Indian incense, Nag contains plumeria and sandalwood, among other scents. Burn a stick when you're in need of a peaceful, meditative environment.

Which product do you think would be the most effective in relieving your stress? How do you unwind after a busy day?

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