This Daily Ritual Is the Antidote to Holiday Stress

Sophie Miura

The holidays are an exciting time filled with celebrations, but they can also trigger serious self-reflection. We've spent months with our heads down trying to weather the barrage of holiday deadlines, and now that the year is drawing to a close, those niggling feelings of stress and anxiety start to bubble to the surface. Did you achieve all that you'd hoped in 2016?

A staggering one in four Americans admit to feeling "extreme stress" during the holidays, according to the American Psychological Association. Whether it be about a chaotic schedule (69% say they buckle from a lack of time), financial issues, or the pressure of gift-giving (51% can relate), learning to address and quell stress and anxiety at this time of year is key.

Pina LoGiudice, a naturopathic doctor, co–medical director for Inner Source Health New York, and author of The Little Book of Natural Beauty, says there's a surprisingly effective natural way to combat holiday stress: drinking herbal tea. "Teas have been used medicinally for thousands of years, and Mother Nature has truly given us a wonderful and warm way to ingest our medicine," she tells MyDomaine. With the right brew and breathing ritual, one cup is all it takes to tackle the season ahead.

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