Beat Stress This Holiday Season: A Guide to Mental Health and Emotional Wellness
The holidays can be a time of joy and happiness, but they can also be a time of stress and anxiety. With so much to do and so many people to please, it can be easy to get overwhelmed. But don't worry—with the right tools you can beat stress during the holiday season.
In this guide, we'll share some tips for managing your emotional wellbeing over the holidays. We'll discuss how aromatherapy can help soothe your nerves and make this season more enjoyable. We'll also look at how to practise self-care during the holidays and how to focus on yourself while still being hospitable to others. Finally, we'll detail how you can use SHIORA's essential oil diffusers and handmade reed diffusers to create a calming atmosphere in your home this holiday season.
So whether you're looking for ways to manage stress or just want some tips on how fragrances can help your emotional wellbeing, keep reading—it's all here!
Understanding the Risk of the Holiday Season
The holidays are a special time of year that you might look forward to, but it also comes with its own unique set of stressors. From family gatherings to financial stress, the holidays can pose a challenge to your mental and emotional well-being.
It's important to understand the risks associated with this season and make an effort to prioritise your own self-care. With the hustle and bustle of holiday shopping, parties, and other responsibilities taking centre stage, it's all too easy to forget about our own physical and mental health needs.
Fortunately, there are several simple ways you can manage stress during this season without having to compromise on the joys of the holidays. The key is in making yourself a priority and creating small moments of self-care each day. Here are just a few ideas:
Take a moment for yourself each day, even if it’s just five minutes. Use that time for engaging in a calming activity like aromatherapy or light stretching exercises.
Make time for exercise throughout the week, whether that means going for a walk or doing an online yoga class at home.
Get plenty of restful sleep and choose nourishing foods packed with vitamins and minerals over sugary treats during this time of year as much as possible.
Taking Proper Care of Yourself During Holidays
When it comes to taking proper care of your emotional wellness during the holiday season, self-care is key. Whether you’re dealing with financial stress, relationship issues, or simply missing loved ones, finding peace and resilience requires you to give yourself a break.
It can be difficult to prioritise self-care when life gets complicated but there are simple things that you can do for your mental health. Start by increasing your self-awareness. Pay attention to how you’re feeling and be mindful about the emotions that come up for you.
Another great way to cope is through aromatherapy. Diffuse a calming essential oil like lavender or Roman chamomile into the air or rub an oil blend over your chest and wrists before bed or when feeling overwhelmed. Aromatherapy oils can help boost relaxation and improve moods. Get creative by moulding your own homemade candles with essential oils and natural ingredients – they make great gifts!
Tips to Relax and Find Balance
It is completely normal to feel overwhelmed and stressed during the holidays, but there are some simple tips for you to relax and find balance in the hustle and bustle of seasonal activities.
First, take a breather. Step back from all the chaos and find time for yourself to clear your mind. Engage in activities that will help you relax such as taking a hot bath with aromatherapy oils like natural eucalyptus essential oils or reading a book.
Next, try to focus on being present instead of worrying about what’s yet to come or what has already passed. Enjoy simple moments with your loved ones and practise healthy habits such as getting enough sleep, eating nutritious meals, and exercising regularly.
Finally, don't over-schedule yourself. Prioritise the most important activities instead of trying to do it all. It’s okay if your home isn't perfectly decorated or if you can't join every single Christmas party -– sometimes it's best to rest and recharge so that you can start the new year feeling energised and reenergized.
Activities to Manage Stress Levels
Are stress levels and holiday blues getting you down? You're not alone. The good news is, there are plenty of activities that you can do to help manage your stress and emotional wellness, at home and on-the-go. Here are a few ideas.
Invest in Aromatherapy
We all know the power of a good scent to create an atmosphere of relaxation and peace. Try stocking up on aromatherapy diffusers with calming essential oil blends to bring a sense of serenity wherever you go. SHIORA Home Fragrance offers natural and pure aroma diffuser sticks with organic essential oil blends that can help reduce stress, anxiety, and promote relaxation—perfect for when you're feeling overwhelmed this holiday season.
If you're looking for a way to express yourself without speaking out loud, journaling is one way to do just that! It's an effective way to get your thoughts out on paper while also allowing yourself the opportunity to reflect on and process them. Make it even better by incorporating creative elements such as doodles or writing prompts.
Connect With Loved Ones
Whether it's over text, FaceTime or good old fashioned phone calls, nothing compares to the comfort we get from talking with our family and friends about our feelings. Set aside time for virtual check-ins with your loved ones who are also feeling the seasonal blues, so you can remind each other why the holidays are worth celebrating in the first place!
How SHIORA's Aromatherapy Oils Can Help Your Mental Wellbeing
One of the most effective ways to beat stress and improve your mental wellbeing this holiday season is through aromatherapy. SHIORA's collection of natural essential oils are very therapeutic and can help you achieve the emotional balance you need during these hectic times.
If you don't know much about essential oils and their benefits, here's a brief overview: essential oils can help reduce stress levels, create a pleasant atmosphere, improve concentration, and promote relaxation. They are also thought to reduce physical pain, bacterial growth, and can even boost your immunity.
An Invigorating Aroma
SHIORA's aromatherapy oils come in five vibrant scents - Lavender, Sandalwood Peppermint, Citronella, Sweet Orange and Eucalyptus - all of which will bring a sense of calmness to any room. With the power to pacify strong emotions such as anger or anxiety in your body and soul, it's easy to see why our customers love our products so much.
The Freshest Ingredients
SHIORA is committed to delivering the best quality with each product we make; that’s why every one of our essential oils is made with premium ingredients grown directly from nature. Unlike other options on the market that use synthetic fragrances, SHIORA uses natural ingredients for a fresher scent with fewer toxins and impurities.
Our collection of aromatherapy oils will definitely become your go-to for emotional restoration during this hectic season!
Alternative Methods to Cope During Holidays
Apart from traditional methods of managing stress during the holidays, consider alternative methods like aromatherapy. Aromatherapy is the use of essential oils extracted from aromatic plants to enhance both your physical and mental state of well-being.
Essential oils have powerful physiological and psychological effects on our mind, body and behaviour. Intentionally using aromas to improve moods or bring about relaxation has been around since ancient Egypt, China and India but only recently became popular amongst modern societies as a form of alternative medicine.
Essential oil benefits vary depending on the individual scent, and you can experiment with different ones to determine which one works best for you during the holiday season. Some popular scents that can help alleviate stress include:
Lavender: Lavender is known for its calming effect on your nerves and helps relieve insomnia, anxiety and depression; it's also known to promote joy!
Orange: Oils like orange can promote a cheerful atmosphere and boost your mood.
Cedarwood: Cedarwood can help reduce stress levels by creating a tranquil environment, while also helping reduce tension headaches.
Rose: Rose promotes tranquilly and comfort — perfect for triggering a relaxed atmosphere in times when stress levels are high.
Jasmine: Jasmine has antidepressant properties that make it effective in calming nerves, alleviating anxiety as well as helping to lift moods during the holiday season.
Sage: Sage oil is great for reducing exhaustion due to overwork or exhaustion — perfect for times when you're feeling overwhelmed by all the holiday festivities!
The key to beating stress this holiday season is to find creative ways to take care of yourself that allow you to relax and enjoy your time off, whether that’s through aromatherapy, spending time outdoors, or getting enough sleep. SHIORA Home Fragrance’s natural and pure aromatherapy essential oils and reed diffusers are the perfect way to get a sense of calm, release tension, and practise mindful breathing. This is a powerful tool to help you stay mindful and present in the moment and manage stress levels in your holiday period. Make sure to add a few drops of SHIORA Home Fragrance's essential oils to your day to help you practice self-care and emotional wellness this season.