- meeting work deadlines before the holidays
- preparing for the festivities with the kids underfoot or
- agonising about spending time with family members you normally prefer to avoid!
1. Choose a stress-relieving multivitaminA wide range of nutrients are involved in maintaining aspects of healthy nervous system function and consequently play a vital role in supporting the body’s mechanisms for coping with stress. For example, vitamin B5 is important for adrenal gland function, and vitamin B6 is essential for the production of ‘feel-good’ neurotransmitters such as serotonin and dopamine. Taking a multivitamin formula specially formulated to support your body and mind during stressful times may help you to navigate the tricky holiday season, especially if your diet is inadequate or less nutritious than normal at this time of year. TIP: Even if you tend to eat a lot over Christmas and the weeks before and after it, don’t assume that you won’t benefit from taking a multivitamin. Many of the food and drinks we indulge in at this time of year are high in fats, sugars and/or starches, but low in nutrients - so you may actually be consuming more calories than usual, but fewer of the important vitamins and minerals your body relies on during times of stress.
2. Drink Green TeaGreen Tea is a natural source of theanine, an amino acid that’s been shown to help promote feelings of relaxation and calmness while still allowing you to focus and not making you drowsy. In the Chinese culture, Green Tea is often consumed as an accompaniment to a meal (especially if the meal is rich or fatty). With its calming properties, Green Tea is a smart alternative to alcoholic beverages or sugar-laden soft drinks, but if drinking it over Christmas lunch isn’t for you, you might want to consider taking it in supplement form, ideally in a formula standardised for its theanine levels.
3. Take herbs that help relieve Christmas stress and mild anxietyFor additional support during the intense, high-pressure festive season, consider taking a herbal formula specially designed to help relieve stress, nervous tension and mild anxiety. One key ingredient to consider here is OciBest, a standardised extract of Sacred Basil. In a clinical study involving stressed people, taking OciBest for six weeks was shown to improve control over stress symptoms by 1.6 times compared to taking a placebo supplement. Stress symptoms relieved by OciBest in this research included fatigue, forgetfulness and sleeplessness. OciBest is often taken in combination with other herbs traditionally used in Ayurvedic, Western and Chinese medicine to help the body and mind adapt to stress and help manage mild anxiety, irritability and restlessness, such as Withania, Poria and Polygala.
4. Support a nervous digestive systemDoes stress tend to give you an upset tummy, causing indigestion and reflux? These symptoms are often referred to as nervous dyspepsia, and in traditional Chinese medicine, are often treated with Magnolia bark, which is regarded as having antispasmodic effects on the digestive system combined with mild anti-anxiety effects. For optimal results, look for a formula standardised for its levels of the compound honokiol, which is believed to be the active constituent responsible for these aspects of Magnolia Bark’s medicinal activity.
- Fusion Stress & Anxiety: Combines OciBest (Sacred Basil) with Magnolia and other herbs used in traditional Chinese and Ayurvedic medicine to relieve stress and mild anxiety
- Fusion Stress B Multi Advanced: High potency anti-stress formula with B-group vitamins and theanine from Green Tea