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7 Strategies to Help Handle Holiday Stress

Analysis by Dr. Joseph Mercola Fact Checked

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  • “Festive stress” is ruining the holidays for many, with 31 percent describing them not as joyful and festive — but frantic
  • A quick high-intensity workout may be just the thing to boost your mood and relieve stress, as a neurotransmitter called anandamide, sometimes known as the bliss compound, increases in your brain after a workout
  • EFT, meditation, proper breathing and sleep help mitigate stress, induce calm and make you more resilient against stressful situations
  • Optimizing your vitamin D level and gut health support healthy serotonin production, a brain hormone associated with mood elevation
  • Sometimes sending stress packing can be as simple as adding a few drops of your favorite essential oil, such as lavender, to your bathwater, massage oil or diffuser

The holidays are supposed to be the most wonderful time of the year, but a shocking 45 percent of Americans said they’d prefer to skip the season entirely because it brings so much financial pressure. Nearly half of those surveyed by payday loan provider Think Finance said their holiday stress levels were high or extremely high, and that was just in relation to holiday expenses.

A study commissioned by the U.S. Highbush Blueberry Council similarly revealed that “festive stress” is ruining the holidays for many, with 31 percent describing them not as joyful and festive — but frantic.


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