The holidays. That time of year that we both cherish and dread. Parties, travel, gifting, family, these can be both magical, and the reason many people experience increased stress and worry during the holidays. So how do you keep calm when the kids start fighting in the backseat or you get a flat tire on the way to your parent’s house? How do you keep from getting totally overwhelmed at the thought of driving great distances to be stuck in a room with those family members that know just how to drive you mad?
Though we tend to look for help everywhere else, the solution to many of our problems can be found between our ears. The ability to manage stress and adapt to new situations starts in the brain.
Proper neurotransmitter balance is essential to brain health. The better our transmitters operate in harmony with each other, the closer we are to having optimal mental function. Having a balanced brain is especially important during the holidays when things seldom go according to plan and stress levels can threaten to reach critical mass making it hard to keep calm.
3 Tips on How to Keep Calm and Achieve Emotional Balance During the Holidays:
1. Home Field Advantage – To avoid the stress of holiday travel, offer to host the family gathering at your house this year. This strategy is particularly helpful if you’re constantly torn between visiting different sets of relatives. Even though hosting adds additional responsibilities, the celebration will be held on home turf, with your rules. Plus, when everybody else heads for home, you’ll already be home.
2. Manage Expectations – If you know from past encounters that Aunt Karen starts telling crass jokes after her second drink or that Uncle Greg likes to engage in heated political debates at the dinner table, be prepared to handle those situations before arriving at a holiday get-together. Resist the urge to participate in discussions that can offend or create family strife. Always look for a way to redirect negative tirades or inappropriate conversations. If that doesn’t work, isolate the individual from the rest of the group by suggesting an activity that will allow others to leave the situation. A walk, a board game, a movie, dessert or even asking for help clearing some of the mess can give you and others an outlet to “escape” the situation.
3. Mood Balancing Nutrition – The traditional holiday meal, though offering some healthy selections, is frequently accompanied with many nutritional pitfalls (i.e., stuffing, pumpkin pie and eggnog). To fill in the nutritional gap during the holidays, it’s essential to take mood-boosting supplements.
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Keith is grateful to have the opportunity to write about supplements since many of them have made a dramatic difference in his life. He is often heard around the office saying, “We have supplements for that.”