Have you ever noticed during the holidays season is when most get sick? It's this time of the year when stress levels are high, and our immune systems are low. It's much easier to neglect ourselves with the hustle and bustle of shopping, family gatherings, company parties, and most of all paying bills and stretching dollars. We notice an increase in aches, pain, stuffy noses, and sore throats. Stress is a culprit in breaking down the immune system and leaving our bodies open to sickness.
I want to share with you some easy tips for your immune system to stay in tip-top shape during this season of gift giving.
1. Rest - Do not feel obligated to attend every function you are invited to. It's okay to say, "No." You can't pour from an empty cup. The best gift you can give someone is a healthy, well YOU.
2. Meditate - Carve out time to just be quiet. If you want to get into the spirit of the holiday, tap into yourself; And when you emerge be prepared to give and receive, love, joy, and peace as you surround yourself with loved ones.
3. Drink plenty of water - Water helps to flush toxins and keep us from having a hangover. Remember, for every glass of wine, drink a glass of water. You can thank me later.
4. Aromatherapy - If you have a diffuser try diffusing some of these stress-busting essential oils: Geranium, Rosemary, Lavender, and Tea Tree. Did you know?? When essential oils are inhaled or diffused, they are absorbed quickly into our bloodstream by way of our lungs. This is how aromatherapy works!
5. Laugh - Laughter is good for your health. Laughter is a kick-ass way of reducing stress. It has a way of decreasing stress hormones and increasing immune cells and infection-fighting antibodies, thus improving your resistance to disease.
6. Take an Epsom Salt Bath. - Yes!! Take a relaxing Epsom Salt bath. YOU DESERVE IT. When Epsom Salt is added to a hot bath, it works to pull toxins from the body, and this gives the immune system a break because it does not have an overload of toxins.
The holidays are only as stressful as we allow it to be. I hope these simple, practical tips help you maneuver your way to a healthy, happy holiday season.