Crowds. Family. Travel. They can all make you go a little mad during the holidays. But with these seven simple tricks, you can easily stay sane this season.
Sleep better with 5-HTP
Health.com recommends this plant extract because it “is thought to increase serotonin, reduce anxiety, and improve sleep.” It can be found in most drugstores, but be safe! The recommended dose is 150 milligrams daily and talk to your doctor before trying it if you take antidepressants.
Sure the ham may be a little dry, or your niece didn’t react how you thought she would to the present you got her. But if you have too high of expectations, you’re putting pressure where it shouldn’t exist. Try letting go of the reins and enjoy the moment with no ideas in your head of what “should” be.
Kick it up a notch
According to health.com, spicy foods release endorphins that “trigger feelings of euphoria and well-being.” Hot sauce lovers, rejoice!
Take a whiff
Researchers say that some citrus fragrances can leave you feeling a little more sunny. Certain citruses like orange and lemon lower stress and boost overall mood by upping levels of norepinephrine, a hormone that affects mood. Dab or spray some orange or lemon mist on your wrist, an article of clothing, or your yoga mat to keep you calm.
We’ve always been taught that stress-eating is bad, but researchers in Japan say to reach for this sweet treat when things are getting a little. They say that chemicals in mangos “may alter your blood chemistry and send a wave of calm over your body.”
Getting wrapped up is for gifts, not for you. We know it can be all too easy to get caught up in the chaos and forget to appreciate the reason for the season. When things are getting a little too hectic, take a step back, breathe, and remember that love and joy are what the holidays are all about. If you’re spending the holidays with even one great friend or family member, that’s all you really need, right?
Say yes to sex
Lowering stress levels, boosting self-esteem, and releasing endorphins are only a few of the reasons sex keeps you calm and sane. Sex also “raises oxytocin levels, which promotes sound sleep.” So go ahead and have a little fun in the hay. It’s good for you!