Beat stress with these 3 holiday helpers

Thanksgiving is just two weeks off, and with it comes the official start of the Holiday Season. (Although, if you look around now, it seems like it started weeks ago...)

You know the drill from here.

There are plans to make, parties to attend, meals to prepare, and presents to buy.

It can start to overwhelm you pretty fast, if you're not careful.

And while stress feels crummy any day of ANY season, it's especially rotten when it stops you from enjoying what's supposed to be the "most wonderful time of the year."

So if you find your own fuse starting to burn fast, it's time to take a step back, and then take action -- because new research shows how a habit I hope you already have can chase away stress.

All you need is these three essentials: a daily multivitamin with minerals, a magnesium supplement, and probiotic capsules.

Together, they can help arm your body against stress -- and in the new study, volunteers who took them felt better, calmer, and more energetic.

After just one month, the volunteers who took the supplements saw their stress levels drop by 23 percent and fatigue levels plunge by 45 percent.

What's so remarkable about the study is that the benefits lasted. They were feeling less stress and fatigue a full month after they stopped taking the vitamins!

What I like about this study is that it didn't test a single ingredient, as so many others do.

Instead, it takes the big-picture approach -- it shows the results you can get when you combine proven stress busters.

Magnesium alone, for example, has been shown to cut stress levels by as much as a third. The B vitamins in any decent multi can help boost your mood and cut anxiety.

And don't forget that probiotic -- because those healthy bacteria do more than help digestion. One study a few years back found probiotic supplements cut stress levels in seniors within just three weeks!

If you're stressed, these nutrients are a good start -- but don't stop there.

Many cases of stress, especially chronic stress, are caused or worsened by worn-out adrenal glands, which are responsible for balancing your levels of stress hormones.

Ashwagandha extract can help cut levels of stress hormones, which in turn will ease tension, anxiety, and fatigue. You'll find this stuff sold on its own or, even better, as part of a quality adrenal-support formula.

Finally, don't forget the basics. The holiday season isn't about plans, presents, and parties. It's a chance to reconnect with family, friends, and your faith.

Sometimes, it's good to slow down a little and rearrange your priorities -- and that's the most natural stress-buster of all.