The holidays can be a very stressful time, whether it is Christmas or a birthday celebration. We often overwork ourselves, trying to shop for gifts, clean our homes, prepare for guests, and more. Not to mention we are dealing germs and school schedules on top of everything else!

There are ways you can help to alleviate some of this holiday-induced stress. With careful planning and taking care of yourself, it makes the holidays flow better and reduces the negative impact on yourself. After all, many of us can relate to feeling cranky and exhausted over the holidays, and who wants to feel like that?

Get some fresh air

Many of us are cooped up all day at work, only to run chores and work at home afterwards (cooking, cleaning, preparing). It helps to take a break from it, and fit in a walk to get some fresh air. It is good for your body, and also for your mind, as you can clear your mind.

Eat healthy and hydrate

We often neglect our bodies when we are busy. Make sure you are being mindful about what you eat, and make an effort to stay hydrated. It is easy to reach for junk foods when we are on the go or stressed, but you will feel better when you make healthy choices. If your schedule is super busy, find some healthy snacks for on the go, such as nuts or superfood snacks such as goji berries.

It is also easy to forget about drinking enough water, whether we are chugging coffee or forgetting to hydrate. Set reminders on your phone or use a water bottle that serves as a reminder to drink water.

Plan early for the holidays

It is always a good idea to start planning early, so that you can make the best of your time and not have to scramble at the last minute. This includes everything from cleaning to shopping for presents. You can even buy foods early if you are serving guests, such as non-perishable foods like olives. Buy things like tableware and decorations early, so that you aren’t fighting the crowds or worrying that your supplies will arrive on time. If you are having guests stay at your home, make sure you have everything you need ready to go, from guest towels to fresh linens.

Consider taking supplements and eating superfoods

Alongside a healthy diet, you may want to consider taking supplements to boost your health. In the winter months, we generally all struggle to not get sick, and it can be helpful to take immune-boosting products like elderberry, vitamin C, and other supplements. Superfoods are also great for your overall health, and can make a good snack as well (such as goji berries, pumpkin seeds, and so on). Taking Kratom from Kingdom Kratom, which is a plant from Indonesia, can help increase energy levels, elevate mood and help with aches and pains. Red Maeng Da Kratom can help keep you going.

Get enough rest

This is pretty much a given! It is important to make sure you get enough rest so that your body can recharge. How many times have you let yourself get run down from lack of proper care and sleep? Try a supplement such as Mary Ruth Organics Nighttime Multivitamin, which is packed with magnesium.  It can help you to get a great night’s sleep and also helps boost your nutrient intake. Or simply take some chamomile tea or other relaxation aids to make the most of your resting time.

It is so helpful even if you can set aside a day or two where you can really sleep in and recharge.