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Celestial Seasonings Tea

December 08, 2010 09:04 ET

Tips for Dealing With Holiday Stress Naturally

A Wholistic Natural Approach is Always Better!

TORONTO, ONTARIO--(Marketwire - Dec. 8, 2010) -

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Holiday season expenditures and looming New Year's resolutions can increase stress for many Canadians. The experts at Celestial Seasonings® Tea provide some tips on how to deal with stress in a wholistic and natural manner. Herbal teas have been used for centuries to help reduce stress symptoms and promote relaxation. 

The Canadian Mental Health Association (CMHA) commissioned Desjardins to conduct a study on stress in 2008 to reveal its impact on Canadians. Seventy one percent (71%) of Canadians said their stress levels were the same, or higher, than it was a year ago. That number may be higher today as a result of the turn the economy took in the last 2 years. 

The study revealed that the top 5 causes of stress are:

  1. Money problems – 43%
  2. Health problems/staying healthy – 22%
  3. Work pressures – 18%
  4. Family problems – 17%
  5. Meeting children's needs – 16%

Celestial Seasonings®, in conjunction with The CMHA, suggest the following tips to help reduce stress naturally:

  1. Recognize your symptoms of stress (memory/concentration problems, negative thoughts, constant worrying, aches/pains, nausea/dizziness, loss of sex drive, moodiness/irritability, depression, eating more/less, sleeping too much or too little, isolation from others, procrastination, using alcohol/cigarettes/drugs to relax).
  1. Look at your lifestyle and see what can be changed - in your work situation, your family situation, or your schedule.
  1. Use relaxation techniques - yoga, meditation, deep breathing, journaling, positive imagery and/or massage.
  1. Exercise - physical activity is one of the most effective stress remedies around!
  1. Time management - do essential tasks and prioritize the others. Consider those who may be affected by your decisions, such as family and friends. Use a check list so you will receive satisfaction as you check off each job as it is done.
  1. Watch your diet - Alcohol, caffeine, sugar, fats and tobacco all put a strain on your body's ability to cope with stress. A balanced diet consisting of fruits, vegetables, whole grains, protein, and herbal teas will help create optimum health.
  1. Get enough rest and sleep. Create a relaxing ritual before going to bed. Take a warm bath, play soft music and unwind with a hot cup of Chamomile tea.
  1. Talk with others - Talk with friends, professional counselors, support groups or relatives about what is bothering you.
  1. Help others - Volunteer work can be an effective and satisfying stress reducer.
  1. Get away for awhile - Read a book, watch a movie, play a game, listen to music or go on vacation. Leave yourself some time that's just for you.
  1. Work off your anger - Get physically active, dig in the garden, start a project, get your spring cleaning done.
  1. Give in occasionally - Avoid quarrels whenever possible.
  1. Tackle one thing at a time - Don't try to do too much at once.
  1. Don't try to be perfect
  1. Ease up on criticism of others
  1. Don't be too competitive
  1. Make the first move to be friendly
  1. Have some fun!! Laugh and be with people you enjoy!

Charlie Baden, the Celestial Seasonings® Tea Sommelier for more than 30 years, is an advocate for the natural healing qualities of herbal tea. "Herbal teas have been used for centuries to ease a wide range of symptoms," explains Baden. "They are well-known for their ability to reduce stress by naturally slowing down the body's response to stressors in the environment. In particular, many people trust the calming effect of chamomile tea to help them deal with stress and anxiety. Chamomile has been found to encourage a peaceful state of mind, and is therefore commonly used before bedtime to help relax and unwind."

"More and more people are interested in natural living and leading healthier lifestyles," continues Baden, "and they're doing so by adopting wholistic living and organic living principles. Many have traded in their java for tea because of its healing properties. Tea is rich in flavonoids and other antioxidants that help combat stress-related molecules called free radicals. By countering these free radicals in the body," Baden concludes, "tea provides an overall contribution to everyday health that for many people results in natural stress reduction."

Celestial Seasonings® Sleepytime® Teas contain soothing herbs including chamomile, spearmint, vanilla, tilia flowers, lemongrass, blackberry leaves, orange blossoms, hawthorn berries and rosebuds. All these natural herbs have very positive healthy effects. 

Celestial Seasonings® also offers herbal teas packed with antioxidants which are thought to maintain health and prevent diseases such as cancer, and heart disease. The Celestial Seasonings® Acai Mango Zinger™ and Green & White Tea blends are excellent choices rich in antioxidants.

Drinking soothing herbal tea in conjunction with a healthy diet and lifestyle, is recommended to keep stress levels in check, and to promote overall well-being. 

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Toronto (Ontario), Canada
M9W 6A9

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