By Natural Partners

No matter what you celebrate, October to January can be hectic. Whether you have family coming into town, you’re going to visit friends and family, you have 900 handmade presents to make, 7,000 parties to attend, or 287 events to make an appearance at, we get it. Before rushing into the festivities, it’s a good idea to take time NOW to unplug a little and instill some good practices to get you peacefully through the holidays.

 

Start Taking Adaptogens:  Now

 

Adaptogenic herbs help your body do exactly that, adapt to mental and physical stress by keeping your hormone levels balanced. It’s a good daily practice to add them into your supplement protocol. Because they are slow acting, you will start seeing a difference 1-2 weeks after taking them everyday, but stick to it, they’re worth it!

 

There is no right way to take an adaptogen because they come in many cool delivery forms, but we recommend a professional grade capsule. Ashwaganda, Holy Basil and Reishi mushroom all help calm the body, while others like Maca and Ginseng help enhance performance and cognition. Some herbs like turmeric, known for its anti-inflammatory properties, have adaptogenic properties as well.

 

Don’t Neglect Introspection-

 

It isn’t a secret that taking even just 10 minutes a day to meditate, practice  intentional breathing, yoga, journaling, or whatever it is that works for you, can make a significant difference in your stress levels. This time of year, do not neglect this practice! Put reminders in your calendar, set an alarm, whatever it is that will help you keep this daily practice alive. You’ll thank yourself later.

 

Sweat-

 

We know, with a full schedule, taking time to get your cardio workout in  is a huge undertaking. But consider this; your heart needs the work out, your blood vessels need it, your endocrine system needs it, your lungs need it, your brain needs it. Get the picture? The human body is designed to exert itself in spurts, just taking 20-30 minutes a day to get your heart rate up reaps enormous rewards. If that’s not motivating enough, you get a wonderful boost of mood elevating endorphins afterwards and who doesn’t need that during the holidays? Some good ways to sneak cardio in are a power walk on your lunch break, a quick walk with the kids or pets after dinner, or a quick HIIT (high intensity interval training) circuit when you wake up.

 

Remember, You are A Human-

 

Ever heard of Superman or Superwoman Syndrome? Well, that might be you. Take a minute to really get your priorities straight by keeping the things that are important to you at the forefront. Sometimes going that extra mile might actually cause you and/or your family more harm than good by spreading yourself too thin. When you’re stressed and over loaded, your immune system gets compromised and it welcomes infections and illness. You are not a robot, you are a sensitive and brilliant human being so treat yourself that way.

 


*These statements have not been evaluated by the Food and Drug Administration. This product is not intended to diagnose, treat, cure or prevent any disease.