10 natural ways to beat stress during the holidays

What is stress?

It’s perfectly natural to feel stressed now and then; it’s our body’s way of dealing with things it sees as threats. It’s how we prepare to run away from or confront danger.

Unfortunately, many things that trigger stress during the holidays aren’t things that we can fight or flee. Unwelcome guests appear, work parties demand attending, shopping overwhelms, and baking becomes insurmountable

Why is stress a problem?

Stress isn’t a problem, per se, but if stress continues, it can become chronic and can lead to other problems, including anxiety, depression, and even physical ailments.

What does stress look like?

Different people may feel stress in different ways. Some may have trouble with digestion, sleep, depression, anger, or headaches. Others may notice an increase in frequency and severity of viral infections, like flu or colds.

How can I deal with stress?

How people cope with stress varies. That’s why it’s important to know your limits when you’re stressed out. This may help you from contracting serious health effects.

You can take some practical steps to prevent, combat, and cope with stress, as well as maintain physical and mental health.

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How to deal with stress: 10 important tips

What is stress?

It’s perfectly natural to feel stressed now and then; it’s our body’s way of dealing with things it sees as threats. It’s how we prepare to run away from or confront danger. Unfortunately, many things that trigger stress in our lives today aren’t things that we can fight or flee.

Why is stress a problem?

Stress isn’t a problem, per se, but if stress continues, it can become chronic and can lead to other problems, including anxiety,

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Stressed out? Maybe you need a hug.

Did you know that frequent hugs can help us beat stress?

University of Carolina researchers studied 59 women to see how their bodies would respond to hugs from their partners.

Participants reported how frequently they received hugs from their partners. Then, researchers measured oxytocin and blood pressure levels. The participants received a hug from their partner, and researchers measured oxytocin and blood pressure levels again.

What the researchers discovered was that the single hug didn’t seem to affect oxytocin or blood pressure levels.

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10 top tips for dealing with everyday stress

What is stress?

Stress is our body’s way of dealing with thing it sees as threats. It’s how we prepare to run away from or confront danger. Unfortunately, many things that trigger stress in our lives today aren’t things that we can fight or flee.

Why is stress a problem?

Stress isn’t a problem, per se, but if stress continues, it can become chronic and can lead to other problems, including anxiety, depression, and even physical ailments.

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What you need to know about stress

It’s perfectly natural to feel stressed occasionally. It’s entirely appropriate to be stressed in certain circumstances. Your “stress response” can actually be a life-saving resource, helping you fight or flee from threatening situations.

However, chronic stress — being stressed constantly — can be physically and mentally harmful.

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10 tips for dealing with stress

Stress is our body’s way of dealing with thing it sees as threats. It’s how we prepare to run away from or confront danger. Unfortunately, many things that trigger stress in our lives today aren’t things that we can fight or flee.

If stress continues, it can become chronic and can lead to other problems, including anxiety, depression, and even physical ailments.

You can take some practical steps to prevent, combat, and cope with stress, as well as maintain physical and mental health.

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What to eat (and not eat) when stressed

Earlier this month, an Indian researcher published an article in the International Education and Research Journal discussing the connection between eating and stress.

In the article, the researcher outlines 6 eating practices we should avoid when we’re stressed and 8 eating practices we should adopt.

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Do you know what your Stress Score is?

Did you know that we have an interactive stress test on our website? The test is 11 quick questions, and once you complete it, you’ll receive a Stress Score somewhere between 0 and 100. The higher your Stress Score, the more stress you have.

Score
Stress level

0–25
Mildly stressed

26–50
Moderately stressed

51–75
Highly stressed

76–100+
Acutely stressed

The Stress Score test also provides recommendations for reducing stress. For example, Truehope Inositol reduces your score by 10 points and Truehope EMPowerplus Advanced shaves 25 points off.

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Poor mental health? Improve nutrition and sleep.

People who struggle with mental health challenges—and those who treat them—often turn to medication to deal with those challenges. Time and time again, medication either doesn’t work or it numbs a person’s ability to feel and experience life.

Luckily, natural options exist for many people, especially improved nutrition and better sleep.

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Can micronutrients reduce stress & anxiety after a flood?

Four researchers in Canada and New Zealand recently published an article in Psychiatry Research investigating the effects of the EMPowerplus formula on mental health following a natural disaster.

In June 2013, many communities in southern Alberta were devastated by widespread flooding. Knowing that EMPowerplus had shown great benefit to mental health among earthquake survivors a few years prior, the researchers hoped to see similar results in this natural disaster.

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