The holidays may look a little different this year, but even with clusters of more intimate festive gatherings, family visits, cookies, cakes and cocktails: it’s all fun and games until the party’s over and you’re left with headaches, hangovers and holiday stress. Meet the merrymaking head on with four smart ways to party-proof your body.
Balance Your Mood
Late nights, last-minute shopping and those family members that just won’t leave: all the activity can skyrocket stress and send your happy-holidays mood into a tailspin. If your good cheer is as dim as a burned-out Christmas tree light, adaptogens and herbal blends may help. Some of the best supplements to improve mood include ashwagandha, a traditional Ayurvedic remedy said to ease anxiety and reduce levels of cortisol, the body’s main stress hormone. In one study, ashwagandha was significantly more effective than a placebo or psychotherapy at relieving stress and anxiety. Lemon balm may boost mood and promote feelings of calm. In studies, Rhodiola rosea influenced the release of stress hormones, eased anxiety and improved focus and mood. And holy basil helps calm stress, reduces anxiety and eases depression.