4 Natural Ways to Minimize Holiday Stress


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1. Chamomile Tea

Not only reduces stress and anxiety, but it also helps treat insomnia. Chamomile tea relaxes the muscles and reduces irritability. Several cups of chamomile tea per day can also do a significant help against chronic stress. Click here for a chamomile tea recipe.

Other benefits – eases depression, natural allergy fighter or hay fever, anti-inflammatory, muscle spasms treatment, PMS natural remedy and other menstrual disorders, insomnia cure,  helps with skin disorders, and ulcers.



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2. Rose Tea

Easing anxiety is just one of the many benefits that rose tea has to offer. Click here for a recipe to make your own rose petal tea.

Other benefits – Eases menstrual pain, skin, hair, immune system boost, sore throat, improves digestions, urinary tract, and weight loss.



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3. Green Tea

The polyphenol in green tea helps combat anxiety and stress. Although green tea contains caffeine, it’s adaptogenic in nature, so it can keep you alert and calm without feeling drowsy.  Click here for an iced green tea recipe.

Other benefits – improves brain function, increases fat burning, may lower risk of breast cancer, may lower risk of Alzheimer’s disease, kills bacteria and lowers your risk of infection.


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4. Peppermint Tea

The menthol that is naturally present in the herb is a known muscle relaxant; this physical manifestation of relaxation can translate to stress and anxiety relief as well. Click here for a peppermint tea recipe.

Other benefits – soothes many stomach ailments, including stomach aches, stomach pains, stomach cramps, heartburn, gas/flatulence, indigestion and diarrhea, and has been proven to promote healthy digestion, improves headache, and fights sinus problems.

Taking Photographs Increases Happiness and Eases Anxiety


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“A camera is a tool for learning how to see without a camera.” – Dorothea Lange

In this study, published in the Journal of Personality and Social Psychology, a series of nine experiments were conducted to examine the effect of taking photographs of an experience on people’s enjoyment of an activity. In each experiment, individuals were asked to participate in an activity (e.g., taking a bus tour or eating in a food court) and were either instructed to take photos during the activity or not.

Afterward, participants completed a survey designed to measure not only their enjoyment but their engagement in the experience. In almost every case, people who took photographs reported higher levels of enjoyment. The authors of these experiments explain that “one critical factor that has been shown to affect enjoyment is the extent to which people are engaged with the experience.” Interestingly, Diehl and her colleagues also discovered that this effect is not limited to the action of taking pictures. Participants in one experiment reported higher levels of enjoyment after just taking “mental” pictures as they were going through the experience.

Taking photographs has also been linked with helping to ease anxiety and depression. For many people, the act of taking or editing the photos is very therapeutic, and working with your photos afterwards can be as well (asking questions about them, writing stories about them, etc.).

Bryce Evans created the ONE project for the photography community and for people suffering from depression and anxiety. The ONE project a private online platform to allow a safe space for people to share these stories, while providing education about therapeutic photography (the healing power of photography) techniques through online courses and other resources. Bryce describes how photography saved his life on this TEDx Talk .

Below are some ways that photography can be used as a therapeutic tool:

  • Motivation to get outside and connect with nature.
  • Provides a shift in perspective (you’re literally looking through a new/different lens, often seeing the world differently).
  • You begin searching for and finding beauty in the world.
  • Photography acts as non-verbal communication, which can be huge when dealing .with issues like depression or anxiety that are hindered by stigma.
  • Many people experience a “flow” state with photography, but often it simply helps you to focus externally — rather than getting caught up in the thoughts racing through your mind.
  • You gain control of how you frame the world.
  • Your photos can provide powerful self-expression and reflection.
  • Photographs often allow positive feedback from others, which can be huge when going through depression or dealing with anxiety.
  • Photography can be very social, helping to establish social bonds.
  • Photography can be a connection to your subconscious mind, helping you to discover powerful personal insights about the cause behind your depression. Often the answers we seek externally are found within us.


Take a look at the link below and notice the emotions that arise as you view different pictures.

28 pictures that make you feel

What Do Your Eyes Say About Your Personality?

“The soul, fortunately, has an interpreter – often an unconscious but still a faithful interpreter – in the eye.” – Charlotte Bronte

Denny Ray Johnson developed the Rayid model, which is a method of interpreting the markings in one’s iris and indicate characteristics, patterns, behavioral traits, attitudes, challenges and strengths that reside within each person. The Rayid model designates four Iris patterns, with two being primary and two that are secondary. The primary patterns are identified as the “Jewel” and “Flower.” Each person’s eyes fall into one of these two patterns and these two patterns are modified by the secondary patterns which are labeled the “Stream” and “Shaker.” Understanding these four categories can help you to distinguish certain unique personality traits and types.






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Jewel types are identified by freckles, specks, or dots that are brown, orange, or gold in color and appear to be sprinkled throughout the rest of the cornea. Those who fall into the basic eye type of the jewel are thought and thinking oriented people. A jewel person primarily navigates life through thinking, observing, and analyzing.

This type of person is also a visual learned and responds most strongly to information obtained visually. They absorb visual stimuli and communicate it with strong verbal precision. Jewels can be intense, detail oriented, and controlling, finding it difficult to change or be flexible. They can fear criticism, loss of control, and lack of freedom. They can be future oriented, active, interesting, and may hide away their depth of emotions.




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The flower type is the other primary type and can be identified by distinct curving and rounded openings in the fibers of the iris. The hallmark of the flower type is emotion and feeling based personality. Flowers tend to feel and express deep emotions and to communicate more through gesture, emotion, and images. They can be introverted or extroverted ranging from shy and timid to gregarious and warmly affectionate.

Whereas the Jewel type is a visual learner, the Flower type tends to be an auditory learner, a lover of music, and one who does well with clearly given auditory instruction. Flowers are those who go with the flow, enjoy spontaneity, and embrace change. Change is a keyword with Flower types. Flowers are creative, innovative, and vibrant, but may lack the wherewithal to see projects through to their end. They are quick learners and can benefit from learning to trust themselves.




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Stream iris types are identified by very uniform fiber patterns which tend to radiate out from the center sometimes displaying streaks of color. Pure stream types are very rare and area almost always a combination with Flower or Jewel types. People who embody the stream personality type are kinesthetic people- primarily experiencing the world and learning about it through touch and by physically engaging with people and their environment. They are highly sensitive, perceptive, and empathic people, very attuned to the energies of everything and everyone around them, but they also carry an inherent inner stillness. For this reason they can serve as an excellent balancing agent in relationships and social situations, but on the unbalanced end of things, can take on the emotions of others. Streams have a great deal of energy which they easily transfer, and they are great team member and often are instrumental in bringing about change and progress.



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Shaker types are recognized by a combination of dots or specks in the pigment fibers (Jewel) as well as rounded openings (Flower). As their name indicates, Shakers are the revolutionaries. They are the movers and the shakers of the world, possessing dynamic and exuberant energy and passion. These people spearhead societal and world change, bringing excitement, motivation, and conviction to any cause they become a part of.

Shakers can be impetuous and extremely opinionated, and can inspire and motivate others. Shakers tend to learn and explore by moving their physical bodies and by experiencing touch. As children they are often highly independent, difficult to instruct, and have a hard time being physically still or obeying. In imbalance, these types can be dominating, can burn themselves out, or have addiction problems. At their best, they are world-changers and revolutionaries.

“The eye is the jewel of the body.” – Henry David Thoreau