Joy, laughter, family and stress: It must be the holiday season

How to cope during the most stressful time of year

The magic of the holidays. Instead, they have been replaced by a host of more stressful holiday thoughts: the only toy your 7-year-old wants is sold out at every store within a 20-mile radius; your parents wondering how much winter-weight you’ve actually put on this year; the two dozen parties you promised you would attend between Thanksgiving and New Year’s day; and the torrential blizzard predicted by the weather forecaster on the day you need to drive 100 miles to your sister’s home.

Then there are the in-laws.

The bottom line: Getting through the holidays stress-free is not easy. But before you drown your blues in another glass of eggnog, while dreading putting on that ugly red sweater with the giant rooster your Great Aunt Kathy knitted for you, try this natural approach to relax and de-stress your mind.

The Brits may have had it right all along

“Cup ‘o tea?” could be the new catch phrase here in North America, replacing “Quadruple Venti vanilla latte,” especially during the stressful holiday season. Why? Tea has trace amounts of a naturally-calming amino acid called L-theanine, which has been shown by mounting scientific evidence to promote mental clarity and focus; something you’ll need for remembering where you hid Dad’s gift. It has also been known to improve sleeping patterns and ease discomfort associated with PMS (more of a year-round stress!). But wait: What if you really need a little extra boost to get you through the lines at the malls, shouldn’t you be reaching for that tall, slender can of concentrated liquid energy, endorsed by the rouge-colored male bovine? No. A better solution: Beverages containing Suntheanine, a pure form of L-theanine, are the new wave of energy drinks because they improve focus and concentration, without the side effects normally associated with highly-caffeinated drinks. Numerous clinical studies have confirmed Suntheanine’s safety and efficacy; no, you won’t grow wings.

How does it work?

Suntheanine supports the alpha brain waves, a state often achieved by meditation where one is deeply relaxed and mentally alert — that same feeling you get when the in-laws finally pack up and leave your house. Its effects are generally felt within 30 minutes and have been shown to last up to 8-12 hours.

What’s in your stocking?

Need gift suggestions for you and your stressed-out relatives? Here are some Suntheanine-infused ideas that will help bring inner peace:

  • Constantly checking your breath? Slip a Mindful Mint on your tongue and sweeten your breath while gaining mental clarity.
  • Put down the jitter-inducing caffeine and become more focused with Pure Focus powdered drink mix.
  • Don’t have the time to drink 20 cups of tea? Try any number of the natural supplements loaded with Suntheanine including Tomorrow’s Nutrition.

So, while Suntheanine may not be able to prevent your crazy Uncle Larry from telling yet another embarrassing childhood story about you, it can at least help you be relaxed and clear-minded enough to laugh it off.

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Taiyo International is the North American sales office for Taiyo Kagaku Japan, a leading manufacturer of functional ingredients for the food, beverage and dietary supplement industries. Taiyo focuses on the development of innovative ingredients, derived from natural sources, to further develop the body’s ability to protect and manage one’s health.

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