How do you reduce stress over the holidays?

There are a lot of options, but here’s one you may not have thought of: start a daily gratitude practice.

Many Americans Want to Reduce Stress During the Holidays

Several surveys show how much stress Americans suffer over the holiday season. A 2021 poll conducted by Morning Consult on behalf of the American Psychiatric Association (APA) showed that Americans are five times more likely to say their level of stress increases rather than decreases during the holidays.

Top concerns included:

  • finding and affording gifts
  • worries about having to work long hours over the holiday season
  • concern about getting sick (particularly with COVID-19 in 2021
  • anxiety over family gatherings

Another 2021 survey from health marketplace Sesame found similar results—three in five also said their mental health was negatively impacted by the holidays, with 60 percent reporting increased anxiety and 52 percent reporting increased depression.

Reduce Stress During the Holidays: Typical Coping Mechanisms

You’ve likely heard about some of the common recommendations for dealing with holiday stress. They include:

  • Be realistic: Don’t expect the holidays to be perfect. Try to be flexible and manage your expectations so that you can enjoy yourself no matter what happens.
  • Take care of yourself: Don’t neglect yourself during this busy time. Try to stick with your exercise routine and continue to eat a healthy diet the majority of the time. Go to bed and get up at the same time as well so you can get your 7-8 hours of sleep.
  • Say no: Stress often results from making too many holiday commitments. Be very particular about those you agree to, and don’t be afraid to say “no” to the rest.
  • Set a budget: Financial stresses are real during the holidays. Set a budget and stick to it. Consider handmade or second-hand gifts where they may be appreciated or appropriate.
  • Create relaxing surroundings: Use calming music, candles, lights, open windows, and aromatherapy to create a calm, relaxing atmosphere in your home and workplace.

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Reduce Stress During the Holidays: Try Gratitude

Another good way to cope with holiday stress is to start a daily gratitude practice.

According to research, participants who practice gratitude experience reduced levels of cortisol, the stress hormone. They also tend to have stronger heart function and to be more resilient to emotional setbacks and negative experiences.

Research also shows that gratitude reduces toxic emotions like anger and irritation. It helps us to sleep better because it tames those racing thoughts we often have before bed. It can even strengthen the immune system, which can help us stay well over the holiday season.

Some research connects gratitude with a higher volume of grey matter in the brain—in other words, it may make you smarter!

Gratitude Can Even Benefit Your Skin!

The studies we’ve been particularly excited about are those that show gratitude can help improve the condition of your skin.

In a 2021 study, scientists found that feelings of thankfulness may reduce inflammation, which is a key factor in creating skin problems like dryness, acne, eczema and rosacea flare-ups, and dullness.

Gratitude reduces stress too, and we know there is a direct relationship between stress and the onset of aggravation of many skin diseases like eczema and psoriasis. It also helps you sleep better, which helps improve skin repair.

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Gratitude Exercises to Reduce Stress During the Holidays

If you want an effective way to cope with stress this holiday, incorporating a gratitude practice in your routine may be one of the best things you can do. If you’re not sure how to get started, try these exercises.

Start a Gratitude List or Journal

Every morning, evening, or whenever you can carve out 5-10 minutes, write a list of the top five things you’re grateful for that day. It could be as simple as “being alive,” “having enough food to eat,” or “having a nice place to live.”

As an alternative, take 5-10 minutes to journal about those things you are grateful for. Maybe your daughter hugged you that day, or you got a pat on the back at work. Remember to be thankful for the simple things.

Create a Gratitude Jar

This is a good way to get the entire family involved in a gratitude practice. Have everyone write down one thing they’re grateful for each day and then drop the paper in a gratitude jar.

Then gather over a meal or at the end of the day and pull the papers out of the jar. They are likely to spark positive conversations that help you all to relieve some stress.

Find a Gratitude Rock

This is all about reminding yourself to be grateful throughout the day. Find a rock or stone that you like—one that speaks to your personality somehow. Then keep it with you throughout the holidays. You can even make it into a piece of jewelry if you like.

Every time you clutch it in your hand or see it on your desk or table, pause to think about at least one thing you’re grateful for. It can be as simple as the sun shining down on you at that moment.

Use a White Board

This is another good family activity. Put a whiteboard up in your home somewhere everyone can see it. Then every day, write one of the following prompts (and any others you can create yourself) at the top of the board, and encourage family members to respond.

  • I’m grateful for these three things I hear:
  • I’m grateful for these three blue things:
  • I’m grateful for these three friends:
  • I’m grateful for these family members:
  • I’m grateful for these three things in my home:
  • I’m grateful for these three books:

Write a Letter or Email

This can be a very powerful gratitude exercise. Write a letter or email to someone you’re grateful to have in your life. Explain why you are grateful for them and thank them for who they are. Then mail or send the letter. This activity was found in studies to enhance levels of life satisfaction and happiness.

Be Grateful for Yourself!

We are often our own worst critics. You can boost your self esteem and energy by taking a moment to write down those things you appreciate about yourself. It may feel strange at first, but give it a try.

All you have to do is along with your regular gratitude list, write down at least two things that you appreciate about yourself. Maybe you are glad that you are a hard-working person, or that you have a big heart. Maybe you are grateful that you were patient with your child today, or that you pushed yourself to exercise when you didn’t really feel like it.

We Are Grateful for You!

As part of this post, we want to express our gratitude for you, our customers! Many of you have shared your stories of how our products have helped heal, repair, and restore radiance to your skin.

Please know that we appreciate your support. Without you, we wouldn’t be able to do what we do!

How do you cope with holiday stress?

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Do gratitude and skin care go together?

When you’re writing down those things you’re grateful for, it’s common to include things like your own health, the health and wellbeing of those you love, your warm home, and your steady job.

But your skin?

Have you ever written down, “I’m grateful for my skin?”

Probably not. But you might want to!

Gratitude and Skin Care?

Most of us are far too critical. We look in the mirror and find all our flaws. We think about how we’re looking older. We see more wrinkles, sagging, and hyperpigmentation. We wonder what we can do to “fix” these problems so we can look younger again.

It’s time to make a change. At least, according to many beauty influencers. And we think they’re right.

The trend goes like this: Instead of worrying about everything that’s wrong with your skin, how about giving thanks for it?

We already know that gratitude is good for you. Studies have connected expressing gratitude to the following health benefits:

  • Better mental health
  • Fewer negative emotions and more positive ones
  • Overall greater happiness
  • Better relationships
  • Fewer aches and pains
  • Improved sleep
  • Boosted self-esteem
  • Increased resilience
  • Reduced stress
  • Lowered blood pressure

Considering all this, it makes sense that gratitude might be good for your skin as well.

Why Gratitude and Skin Care Go Together

Gratitude helps improve the skin’s condition by improving other aspects of your health.

A good night’s sleep, for instance, is known to improve the health and appearance of the skin. (See our post, “Why A Poor Night’s Sleep Could Make You Look Older.”) Since gratitude improves sleep, that means it could also help reduce the look of aging.

We also know that stress has a direct effect on the skin, creating inflammation, reducing defenses, increasing breakouts, and damaging the outer barrier. (See: Signs of Stressed Skin and 10 Ways to Fix It.”)

Indeed, scientists have discovered a direct relationship between stress and the onset or aggravation of many skin diseases like eczema, rosacea, and psoriasis.

Reducing stress, then, has a positive effect on the skin’s condition. And gratitude helps reduce stress.

Including gratitude in your skincare routine, then, seems like a good idea, right? It can help reduce stress, allow you to sleep better, and make you happier, all of which can’t help but improve the condition of your skin.

Thank you Skin Care 25 Ways to Incorporate Gratitude Into Your Skincare Routine

It’s the season to be thankful, which means there’s no better time to practice daily gratitude. We recommend that you include your skin in your list of items to be grateful for.

It’s about shifting your perspective. Rather than train your brain to seek out everything that’s wrong with your skin, it’s time to help it change its attitude.

But just how do you do that? Here are five ways.

1. Add your skin to your gratitude journal.

We highly recommend you keep a gratitude journal during this holiday season. Take a few minutes every morning or night to list out 3-5 things you’re grateful for.

This is a simple practice that can have great consequences on how you feel. Include anything and everything you’re grateful for, then add your skin to it. You could say something like:

  • I’m grateful for the skin that protects my body.
  • I’m grateful that my skin feels soft to the touch.
  • I’m grateful that my skin is healthy.
  • I’m grateful that my skin helps me receive sensory messages from the world.

Use your imagination. Have fun!

2. Add gratitude to your skincare routine.

It’s time to change up your skincare routine. Rather than seek out all your flaws while you’re cleansing, toning, and moisturizing, name the positive things instead. What do you like about your skin?

This may be difficult at first because you’re so used to finding the negative. But give it some time. You’ll start to notice the good stuff, like:

  • I’m grateful for my plump lips. They look lovely when I add my favorite color of lip gloss.
  • My cheeks are my best feature—smooth and soft.
  • My neck has a few wrinkles, but it still looks long and elegant.

3. Be thankful for your skin when you go out.

Your skin is the one barrier that exists between you and the outside world. Its biggest job is protecting you from everything outside of you. It keeps out bacteria, viruses, and other pathogens, while also shielding you from UV rays and pollution.

The skin is constantly working to protect you from infection, allergies, damage, and more. So when you step out the door, give a quick “thank you” in your head for the work your skin is doing to keep you safe.

4. Express gratitude by asking the skin what it needs.

At least once a week, in the evening, take a moment to be grateful for your skin by asking it what it needs.

This may seem silly at first, but we’re usually so busy with our lives that we never take a moment to sit and “listen.”

And listening can teach you a lot.

Light a candle if you like, close your eyes, and try this:

  • Say, “I’m grateful for my skin and everything it does for me.”
  • Let that statement resonate in the air.
  • Now ask your question, “Skin, what do you need from me?”
  • Don’t be surprised if your skin cries out for something. “Moisture!” “A gentler cleanser!” “A clay mask!”

Once you get your answer, give your skin what it needs! You may find that this practice helps greatly improve your skincare routine.

Gratitude Calming Moisture5. Express gratitude by treating your skin to a wellness facial.

We often express gratitude to those we care about by giving gifts. You can do the same with your skin.

If you find yourself resisting this idea, it could be because you’re not convinced your skin is worth it! It’s time to change that. If you’re grateful for your skin, you can show it by treating it right.

Head out to a nearby spa for a facial, or simply create one of your own at home. The key is to take some time to pamper the skin. Use a moisturizing mask with some soft music, or create your own exfoliating scrub. Wear some green tea bags over your eyes for 10-15 minutes, or use an oil-absorbing mask to help reduce the appearance of your pores.

You can also use our Calming Moisture as a mask, applying a little extra and letting it sink into the skin to soothe, nourish, and moisturize.

Dress in something comfortable and cozy, and take the time to let this experience sink in. It will help you reduce stress and relax, which will not only benefit your skin but the rest of you as well!

Have you expressed gratitude for your skin?

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