How to Survive the Season
ARTICLE BY | Dan Stearns
As the old song reminds us, we are currently in the most wonderful time of the year. Or at least, it can be. Sometimes our ideas of what the season should be start to conflict with what the holidays actually turn out to be. But by relaxing a bit and remembering why we get together with family and friends, the season is more than merely survivable—it is a gift.
Plan Ahead, but be Flexible
It can be notoriously tough to keep plans in order during the holidays. You may be planning a traditional feast and exchange of gifts, but every appliance in your kitchen has other ideas, or the weather just doesn’t cooperate. Keep in mind that maybe a big dinner isn’t really necessary. Instead, consider getting together with friends and relatives in a more casual way, with snacks, comradery, and good conversation. That way, if a snowstorm hits on the day of your party, it’s not such a big deal to reschedule the event.
Get Good Sleep
The holidays can go by in a wonderful rush, but it’s important to keep a regular sleep schedule as much as possible in order to stay healthy and keep your energy levels running at an optimum hum. Even on the weekends or days off (which will probably be eventful anyhow, this time of year) try to keep as close to your regular schedule as possible. But if you need extra support to help relax before bedtime, consider supplementing with Terrific Zzzz®. This supplement delivers a gentle, non-habit forming combination of botanicals that support healthy restful sleep so you wake refreshed. It works with your body’s own sleep cycles so you can get the rest you need, without morning grogginess.*†
This season can feel overwhelming and time seems to move too fast. You can usually tell when you’re starting to get a little more spun up about things that normally wouldn’t be a problem. That’s a good time to slow down a little. But when occasional anxieties, stresses, nervous tension, and restless nights slip through, consider clinically-studied AnxioCalm®.* It can help smooth out the rough edges of a challenging day so you can relax more easily and appreciate the holidays more fully.*
Be Thankful and Give Back
The holidays are a time to reflect on what is really important. Simply being alive is an amazing thing. Consider giving back in appreciation by volunteering at your local food pantry, helping neighbors shovel the snow from their driveway, or by practicing any number of good works to show your gratitude for this life and this season. Generally speaking, when we take the emphasis off of ourselves and our wants, we not only help others, but tend to feel better in the process because our problems are no longer the main focus. And that is truly a gift of the holidays.
ABOUT | Dan
Dan is a health and medical writer who primarily focuses on botanical ingredients, whole foods, and natural medicine. He is fascinated with traditional medicine practices and has a diverse background in reporting, editing, publishing, and marketing.
†For relief of occasional sleeplessness.