Giving Energy Vampires the Cold Shoulder This Holiday Season

The holiday season kicks off in fall and picks up steam as the weeks go by. As your to-do list grows, so does your stress level, often leaving you with plummeting energy.

By the time it’s over, do you feel like it’s been one long night of the living dead, and you’re the one the star zombie has been chasing?

This holiday season, try these stress-busters to zap those energy zombies before they drain you dry:

Give yourself the gift of herbs and supplements

Holy basil, along with schisandra, and rhodiola, all are known for mitigating stress, calming nerves, and relieving anxiety. 

Vitamins C and B can supplement your immune system, warding off infections and cold and flu symptoms, stressors you definitely don’t need during the holidays. Stress also depletes your magnesium levels so a little extra Mg during the holidays couldn’t hurt.

Move the mind and the body   

A few minutes of mindful meditation, including deep breathing and stretching exercise, can go a long way toward keeping you sane. 

Researchers at the University of Southern California found that something as simple as a vigorous 20-minute walk can lower tension levels by 20 percent.

Take in a movie – a funny movie

Laughter releases endorphins, nature’s natural stress buster, so whether it’s at the theater or at home, a good comedy can vanquish those vampires.


About Dave Clarke

Dave Clarke is a California-based writer and editor with a yen for adventure that fuels his work and his life.