The holidays are wonderful but can also feel stressful. Whether it’s just the rush to get it all done or getting stuck in traffic, or feeling loss from those we’ve lost, there are a lot of emotions wrapped up in this time of year. I make an effort to create a sanctuary of peace at home and when I’m feeling stressful it helps me relax and reminds me of all the beautiful things in my life to be grateful for, especially my boys and family. Here is how I maintain my mental and emotional health during the stressful holiday season and beyond!

Insight Timer – I wish I used this app even more than I do, but I ritually take epsom salt baths at night and this helps me get my mind out of my head and focused on gratitude and being present. Even five minutes is so helpful. Pick from a variety of guided meditations and even try it with kids.

I also listen to music all the time. I keep Sonos speakers in every room in my house and make playlists off Spotify so I always have something upbeat to play in the house.

I’ve dusted off and rediscovered my Breville Juicer! I recently started juicing celery juice first thing in the morning (straight celery juice, an entire head, along with one whole peeled lemon) and it helps with my mood tremendously. Not only does it give me energy, I don’t get the afternoon slump I normally feel. It also helps me make better and healthier choices the rest of the day.

I’ve recently started using the Ellia Ultrasonic Essential Oil Diffuser in my bedroom. It comes with several different essential oil blends, but I usually just use my lavender and eucalyptus oil. It has music and light options to help boost mood and I find the scent wafting through the bedroom and house are soothing and make me feel like I’m in a relaxing spa.

I also take supplements like zinc liver chelate, elderberry and magnesium to boost my immune system and keep my mood stable and healthy. Of all the supplements I take, magnesium is where I’ve seen the biggest difference. I drink a warm cup of water with Calm Magnesium Powder by Natural Vitality every single night. I swear by it, especially because it helps my digestive system stay regular. It’s my nighttime ritual I can’t live without. I also hear tart cherry juice helps relax muscles and get a better night’s sleep. I haven’t done this regularly enough yet, so the verdict is still out, but I’ll let you know if it helps.

I hope some of these natural remedies help you keep your cool during the cold and stressful time of year. Remember, you’re doing the best you can and I promise that’s enough. Sending you warm wishes for a happy and healthy holiday season. xo, Roni

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