Managing Stress and Anxiety Through the Holidays



As wonderful as each holiday season is, it also brings an added level of stress. Everyone is busy rushing here and there, trying to catch the SALES, or volunteering your time to those in need, on top of keeping up with the everyday year-round responsibilities! It’s enough to stress anyone!

According to Wise Lifestyles, “Over 40 million Americans report feelings of anxiety; that’s over 18% of the adult population.” Many of these 40 million people who are plagued by anxiety turn to prescription medication. It is not an easy task trying to solve a natural problem with chemicals. So, what can we do about it? Is there an easy answer or a quick fix? A one size fits all pill? . . . Not likely . . . however, there are options thanks to Mother Nature that can, and do help.

Traditional medicine and mental health providers often prescribe chemically made medication to help deal with stress, depression, and insomnia, the most common mental health complexities. Although research indicates it is possible that some of these may help, unfortunately many come with unpleasant side effects. For instance; a medication created to calm the nervous system, often caused individuals to become too drowsy. A common complaint was that it was very difficult to focus well, do their jobs, or anything requiring a clear mind and fast response, . . . such as driving a car. It is not UN-heard of Keep in mind, we are all unique and we recognize that the medical field is essential and some people feel the drugs are life savors and worth  the side effects.


Another way to help ease stress, depression, and insomnia is the time honored use of natural herbs. The three listed below have produced the best results with the least amount of side effects by clinical studies. You may find our favorite herbs by clicking on the Mountain Rose Herbs banner to the right of this article! 🙂 Great for gift giving!


Passion Flower
A natural herb favored in holistic medicine. Many report that it calms nervousness and worry, and they felt a sense of peace and tranquility. Clinical studies show that Passion Flower significantly lowers levels of anxiety in individuals and can help promote a sense of relaxation and calm. As a precaution, pregnant women should avoid passionflower, because it can stimulate uterine contractions. Safe dosages for children under 6 have not been established. Be cautious if you are taking any other sedative, as it may intensify the effects.


This herb is a natural extract from tiny, young leaves of green tea. Used in “traditional” Japanese medicine.  According to clinical research, l-theanine reduced both mental and physical stress levels, boosted cognitive abilities, and had a positive effect on the moods of a large percentage of those who were included in the study. L-Theanine also showed improved alpha wave activity, the activity present when you are alert but not stressed and for most people the most desirable awake state.



Traditional practitioners of Ayurveda medicine have known for centuries the benefits of this herb. Often prescribed for mood support; they believe that it promotes feelings of calm, relaxation, and peacefulness, without the drowsy effect. Ashwagandha reduces anxiety and worry, while also improving cognition and memory function.


*As always, we encourage you to speak to your personal health practitioner before you make any changes related to the medication(s) you are currently taking, or OTC alternatives you may be considering.

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Written by staff member Trish McGee 12/3/2014


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