We all know that giving is better for the soul than receiving, but sometimes the task of giving during the holidays can be overwhelming. Wouldn’t it be great if we could take all the positive feelings of the season and keep them intact, untouched by anxiety and pressure?
At Sage Tonic we believe there is a way to keep your energy level up by bringing calming practices into your life in an easy, effective way. Just released this month, the Sage Tonic App is a mental and physical oasis you can use several times a day, all month long, and into the new year.
Here are some ways you can integrate our RELAX practices into your rhythms this season.
Waiting in line is never a pleasure. Pop in your earbuds and play the music track from the RELAX program right on your phone when you are standing in long check-out lines or waiting for your companions to finish shopping. The quiet melody and deep tones have a calming, therapeutic effect on the mind.
If we address our feelings of stress as they arise, rather than delay self-help, we have a better chance of keeping ourselves grounded, even as our to-do list grows! Our App explains how to apply pressure to two acupoints on your body that can help release tension. Use acupressure when you find yourself feeling tense or overwhelmed, perhaps when you’re making your shopping list, getting ready to cook, or waiting for guests to arrive.
It’s impossible not to feel better when we breathe it in. Lavender’s legendary soothing and sedative properties have been well documented around the world. It’s popular in the sachet packets and eye pillows used as nighttime sleep aids, but it can and should be used during waking hours as well. There’s also Neroli, an essential oil from the blossom of the bitter orange tree that is known for its soothing effect on the sympathetic nervous system, which governs our stress response.
You can purchase our RELAX blend (Lavender and Neroli) towelettes to carry in your purse or backpack. Easy to use, simply open one and inhale the essential oil aromas for a few minutes at a time, while sitting in traffic, waiting in line, or settling down to write your many holiday cards. You can also use the essential oil wipes on hands, arms, and neck (near your pulse points) as a refreshing, naturally anti-bacterial pick-me-up.
Tea is a beverage essential in helping maintain a peaceful and balanced life, and you’ll get many healthy benefits by drinking of 2-4 cups per day. RELAX tea features two herbs that have proven calming effects: Lemon Balm and Passionflower, both available to order online. Lemon balm is sometimes used as a mild sedative, and its potential uses even include treating stomach discomfort and cramping, which can be another symptom of stress. Passionflower has been shown in several studies to have stress- and anxiety-reducing properties that have been compared to the effectiveness of anti-anxiety medication, but without the side effects. It’s also been used as an anti-spasmodic. So even as it calms you, passionflower can help with insomnia and relax sore muscles.
Keep tea bags with you wherever you go, and be opportunistic. Hot water is usually free flowing at cafes, restaurants and, of course, at work.