Are the Holidays Driving You Crazy?

stress is poison

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This time of year the question asked most often is, “How are your holidays going?” Some days you can be too frazzled to answer and just mumble the reply, “Crazy.” Your schedule is filled with shopping, holiday parties, and dramatic family events. You have cookies to bake, you need to clean the house for guests, and the crazy Uncle you haven’t seen for years has been pestering you for the family Eggnog recipe. Can you avoid a meltdown?

Holiday craziness can leave you feeling exhausted, getting sick, or having unwanted emotional reactions to excess stimulation. If you feel this way then take a minute and slow down. You are likely doing more than necessary and should stop and listen to your body. It is probably saying something like, “Please take a calming aromatherapy bath.”

A warming bath can relieve stress and leave you feeling restored and ready to tackle another task. Adding essential oils to the tub can further enhance these effects. Certain essential oils can even help with mild seasonal depression if you suffer from that along with holiday stress. This recipe from my upcoming Beating the Winter Blues class makes a great addition to a bath. It can put the spring back into your hectic winter step.
Winter Blues Buster
2 drops fir needle (Abies alba) essential oil
1 drop geranium (Pelargonium graveolens) essential oil
1 drop grapefruit (Citrus paradisi) essential oil
4 drops lavender (Lavandula angustifolia) essential oil
2 drops ylang ylang (Cananga odorata) essential oil
1 ounce base oil or castille soap

Take the time to relax so you can enjoy your holidays.