The holidays are a wonderful time of the year. A time to connect and celebrate with friends and family. They are a time to exchange gifts and eat yummy food. Even so, with all sorts of reasons to be merry, the holidays can be stressful too. People often feel a higher level of family responsibility around the holidays. With the extra time and money required to celebrate, it is easy to feel overwhelmed.

A poll by the American Psychological Association found that 38% of people say that their level of stress increases over the holidays. That is saying something considering that 8 out of 10 Americans report suffering from stress sometimes (35%) or frequently (44%) outside of the holiday season.

Why all the stress? How can CBD topicals and other natural approaches help?

Stress Factors

While stress can be caused by a myriad of factors—around the holidays the stand out stressor is having high, and maybe unrealistic, expectations.

Who doesn’t want to give their spouse, friends, children and other family members the perfect holiday experience and gift? That can be a pretty expensive proposition depending on the age of the child and the expectations of the adults. And how about the expense of travel and the time off work?

Then there is the stress of the holiday celebrations themselves (or lack of them as the case may be.) What if Aunt Bertha insists on bringing up embarrassing moments from your childhood for the millionth time or Uncle Pat decides to drink a little too much? What if you are living away from friends and family and are celebrating alone?

What You Can Do About Stress

Communicate!

Talk to your children about the value of money and spending responsibly. Make the holidays a teachable moment!

It is also important to communicate with friends and family about the level of gifts that will be exchanged at family gatherings so no one feels pressured or uncomfortable. That doesn’t mean that everybody has to spend the same amount of money, but if gift-giving gets stressful, it’s time to talk it out. If Uncle Bill insists on giving you that Tesla you’ve been wanting, we are not suggesting that you turn him down. Just make sure he knows that he may be getting a fruit basket and a pair of socks in return.

A great way to get control of the financial stress is to establish a budget for your holiday spending. According to a Gallup poll, American adults spend about $800 on average each year on Christmas. Decide in advance what level of spending you are comfortable with and stick to it.

Be Social!

Connect with good friends and supportive family members. Your connections can help you manage your holiday challenges and you can help them too! Being around supportive and positive people is a great way to decompress.

Keep it Real

The holiday season is relatively short and then it’s over. So what is the worst that can happen? Uncle Pat gets falling-down drunk. Aunt Bertha tells the same old embarrassing stories. You accidentally burn the pot roast and drop the cherry pie just as dinner is being served. Well, at least you’ll have some stories to tell your co-workers after the holidays.

What if you don’t have plans for the holidays? That can be stressful too. If life circumstances have you spending time alone over the holidays, you can use the opportunity to volunteer. Volunteering not only helps others but can be an opportunity to socialize depending on what you do. You can also use that time to make extra money by taking on holiday shifts. Finally, you can simply do some things you have been wanting to do but haven’t had the time—read that novel that has been collecting dust on your bed stand, refinish that table, and pamper yourself (more on that below!)

So keep it in perspective. Enjoy the fun and let the rest roll off your back the best that you can (Yes–even Aunt Bertha). To do this, the next point is really important.

Take Care of Number One

The truth is, if you don’t take care of yourself first, it is going to be hard to take care of others. Being tired and stressed doesn’t make for a good mood, so make sure that your own needs are met. To help you relax there are a number of natural strategies you can use.

When it comes to your body’s systems and organs, the skin is a BIG player. The skin is the largest organ in the human body. It serves as the body’s first protective barrier against germs and the elements. The skin also helps the body regulate temperature, and permits the sensations of touch, heat, and cold.

The skin covers an average total area of about 20 square feet on the adult human body. With that much real estate, it is no wonder that caring for the skin can help people relax and feel better all over.

Pamper Yourself with Fusion Full Spectrum CBD Topicals

CBD, aka cannabidiol, is the plant-based compound found in hemp—the same plant that helps us produce textiles, hemp protein powder, and hemp milk (a delicious alternative to cow’s milk.) CBD is one of over a hundred cannabinoids found in the hemp plant.

Our topicals contain full-spectrum hemp oil. This oil is extracted from the harvested and dried hemp plant. Full-spectrum means that all of the natural goodness of the hemp plant is left intact—all of the cannabinoids, terpenes, and flavonoids. When you use CBD products, your body’s endocannabinoid system is affected.

Fusion CBD has an array of topical products to help you relax and destress over the holidays—and all year round! They also make great Christmas gifts for friends and family that need a little help taking the edge off their own stress.

CBD Hemp Body Cream

CBD Hemp Body Cream pampers your skin with its mix of high-quality lavender & mint and 300 mg of full-spectrum cannabinoids and other essential oils.

After an exhausting day of buying food and gifts, try rubbing the natural goodness of this cream into your sore and tired feet.

Not only does this cream provide a soothing, relaxing experience, using it daily or as needed will help your skin stay smooth and soft.

CBD Hemp Soap

There is nothing more relaxing than a nice hot shower. Add to this our all-natural CBD soap infused with full-spectrum cannabinoids and other natural oils and now you’re really talking!

Whether you are showering in preparation for your day or after exercise (another good way to destress!) a shower and our bar of CBD soap is a great combo. Each 4 oz. bar contains 150mg cannabinoids.

CBD Targeted Spray

Feeling a bit stiff and sore with all the holiday hustle and bustle? Give yourself fast comfort and relief with our topical hemp CBD spray. As a spray, it allows for direct applications to the areas where you need it most.

After your busy day, put on some soothing music, put your feet up, and spray away. It’s time to relax and enjoy the moment.

CBD Salve & Ointment

Let’s face it—walking around stores and shopping can be a pain (in the feet that is!) Target annoying aches and pains wherever they are with this soothing full spectrum hemp extract salve.

Kick back in your recliner and rub this salve in as needed on specific areas. Turn on relaxing tunes and give the CBD salve 20 minutes to fully soak in. This little beauty of a product contains over 300 mg of cannabinoids for your delight and enjoyment.

CBD Hemp Salve with Lavender & Peppermint

This little lovely packs a CBD punch and then some! In addition to 150 mg of full-spectrum hemp extract with terpenes, this hemp CBD salve comes with some extras. These extras include coconut oil, beeswax, menthol crystals, arnica oil, emu oil, lavender & peppermint essential oils, and camphor oil.

Super easy-to-use, just rub it in! (Because who needs something hard to use when you are just trying to chill out right?)

Sit down, drink some green tea, and target annoying aches and pains in specific areas. Breath deeply and allow 20 minutes for this relaxing salve to fully soak in.

CBD Hemp Roll-on

Sometimes you just gotta let it roll. And this is certainly the case with our convenient hemp CBD roll-on. Each roll-on offers 150 mg cannabinoids and lots of enjoyment. Sit back, apply where needed, and let the good times roll.

All of our hemp CBD products contain less than .3% THC. Remember to consult your doctor if mixing with medications.

More Natural Ways to Care for Yourself over the Holidays

Do your best this holiday season to keep your mind and body healthy. Being healthy makes it much easier to deal with stressful situations as they arise.

Physical activity is a great way to keep healthy and destress. Physical activity can also help us to sleep better—another key component to staying healthy. After opening gifts on Christmas morning, instead of retiring to the couch for the rest of the day, consider taking the family out for a walk. Getting out into nature promotes a calm mental state and can be a great bonding experience for everyone.

Another obvious self-care strategy is maintaining a healthy diet. While this is easier said than done over the holiday season, it is something to keep in mind. Where you may be tempted to enjoy all of the desserts at cousin Nick’s holiday party, try just eating a small piece of one or two. By enjoying unhealthy, albeit delicious food in moderation we increase our chances of staying strong.

So from the Fusion CBD family to you our reader, stay healthy and enjoy a wonderful holiday season!