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How To Calm Down This Holiday Season

Embrace the festive spirit minus the stress! Learn how to calm down and enjoy this holiday season to the fullest with useful and effective strategies.

Ah, the holiday season — a magical whirlwind of twinkling lights, joyous reunions, and merry jingles. But let's be honest, beneath the gleaming facade of festive cheer, there’s often an undercurrent of stress that rides shotgun. 

Racing to find the perfect gifts, managing tight schedules, or even just facing the seasonal traffic can bring about a unique blend of holiday-induced anxiety. So, while the world outside sparkles with holiday magic, why does our inner world sometimes resemble more of a pressure cooker?

The Science of Stress and the Body

Stress isn't just an emotional response — it's a physiological one. When faced with a challenging situation, our body releases stress hormones, including cortisol, setting our heart racing and prepping our muscles to react. 

This primal "fight-or-flight" response, once essential for our ancestors' survival, can now be triggered by everyday scenarios, like misplacing a holiday gift receipt. Chronic stress, especially when it becomes part and parcel of your holiday season, can take a toll on our overall well-being, affecting everything from sleep patterns to appetite.

Breathing Through the Hectic Times

Have you ever noticed how your breath becomes shallow and rapid when you're stressed? Deep breathing serves as an anchor, helping reset the nervous system and reducing the heart rate. 

Deliberate, slow breaths signal the brain to calm down, curbing the stress response. Relaxation techniques like the 4-7-8 method, where you inhale for four counts, hold for seven, and exhale for eight, can be especially effective. 

Even just a few minutes of focused breathing can make a world of difference amidst the holiday hustle. So, the next time you feel the weight of your endless to-do list, pause and take a deep breath. The season might be hectic, but your response to it doesn't have to be.

Physical Activity To Boost Endorphins

Let’s face it, during the holiday season, the most exercise some of us might get is elbowing our way through crowded malls. However, moving your body is about more than just burning off those extra holiday treats. 

Physical activity sparks the release of endorphins, those feel-good neurotransmitters that act as natural painkillers and mood elevators. You don't need to run a marathon either — a brisk walk, a short dance session to your favorite festive tunes, or even some holiday-themed yoga in the fresh air can help elevate your mood. 

In the midst of holiday chaos, giving yourself the gift of movement might just be the perfect stress relief strategy.

Reframing Your Thoughts

It’s astounding how a simple thought can spiral into a vortex of anxiety. "What if dinner isn't ready on time?" quickly becomes "This will be the worst holiday ever!" 

Our minds, especially when under stress, can amplify negative thoughts. But here's the game-changer: we can consciously reframe these thoughts. Instead of getting bogged down by what could go wrong, pivot to what could go right or focus on the aspects you can control. 

By adjusting your mindset, you can navigate situations with increased positivity, reducing the emotional strain of the season.

Pro Tip: Need a calming hand to help reframe your thoughts? Combat holiday chaos with our Be Calm Patch. Embrace the zen, shift gears from high-stress to low-stress, and truly savor the holiday magic.

Mindfulness Meditation and Progressive Muscle Relaxation

Feeling overwhelmed? It might be time to turn inwards. 

Mindfulness meditation emphasizes staying present and fully engaging with the here and now. By anchoring yourself to the present moment, you can distance yourself from holiday frenzy and find pockets of calm. Progressive muscle relaxation, where you tense and slowly relax each muscle group, offers another avenue to release physical tension brought on by stress. 

Both techniques not only offer a respite from external stimuli but also foster a deeper connection to oneself, enhancing overall mental health and well-being in the thick of the festive rush.

Harnessing the Power of Aromatherapy

The holiday season, with its distinctive aromas of pine, cinnamon, and baked goods, reminds us of the power scents have on our moods. But beyond festive fragrances, essential oils in aromatherapy can be potent allies for mental wellness. Lavender is renowned for its calming properties, while citrusy scents like orange can uplift and invigorate. 

Placing a few drops in a diffuser or indulging in a scented bath can create a serene environment, allowing you to mentally reset and navigate the holiday bustle with renewed tranquility.

The Calming Power of a Loved One

In the hustle of holiday preparations, it's easy to forget that we're not alone in our feelings. Human connection, whether it's a heartfelt conversation with a friend or a warm hug from a family member, can be a balm for frayed nerves. 

Social support acts as a buffer against stress; sometimes, just knowing someone's there to listen can offer immense relief. So when the holiday jingles start sounding more jarring than joyful, reaching out might be the perfect antidote.

Embracing Self-Care and Moments of Solitude

Holiday hustle? Oh, we know it all too well. It's a whirlwind of festivity, between the tinsel tangles and endless to-do lists. 

But here's a holiday hack: take a step back and carve out a "me moment." Whether it’s treating yourself to a quiet read by the fireplace, indulging in a pampering session, or slapping on our Hemp Queen Patch for some quality chill time, alone time is essential.

Infused with 20mg of Premium Hemp Extract, think of it as your personal slice of holiday zen. By embracing these self-care rituals, you’re not just taking a break; you're recharging, ensuring you dance through the festivities with poise, peace, and, of course, all the merry vibes.

When To Seek Professional Help

The holiday season, though filled with joy, can amplify feelings of stress and anxiety. If these feelings persist or escalate, it's essential to recognize when you might need external support. There's strength in seeking guidance, and mental health professionals are equipped to offer insights and tools tailored to your needs.

Whether it's coping mechanisms or a space to process emotions, turning to experts can ensure you navigate the holidays with mental fortitude.

A Final Word

The holiday season is packed with promise, sprinkled with sparkle, and sometimes seasoned with a pinch of stress. While the festivities whirl around, remember: You possess the tools to maintain and enhance your well-being amidst the merry mayhem. 

Whether it's taking deep, grounding breaths, leaning on the calming magic of our Wellness Patches, or simply embracing the support of loved ones, finding moments of serenity is wholly achievable. 

From all of us at The Good Patch, we wish you a holiday season filled with peace, poise, and plenty of personal moments to reflect and recharge. Let the festivities begin with wellness in tow!

Sources:

Physiology, Stress Reaction | NCBI Bookshelf

The Truth Behind ‘Runner’s High’ and Other Mental Benefits of Running | Johns Hopkins Medicine

Mindfulness for Your Health | News In Health

Connectedness & Health: The Science of Social Connection | The Center for Compassion and Altruism Research and Education

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