by Komal Patel
7 Ways to De-stress During the Holidays

‘Tis the season to get your ass handed to you.

Yeah. That was blunt.

During the holiday season there is sometimes stress surrounded by reuniting with family members, gift shopping, preparation of food, and other household chores.

This is supposed to be a happy time of the year but it is inevitable that stress will build and tensions will rise.

So how can you stay present, be in the M O M E N T and spread the holiday cheer?

Here are some best practices to keep your mind healthy and your heart happy.

Set your intentions and expectations:

By opening yourself up to happiness and making the conscious decision to be HAPPY, you can train your brain to be ready for a positive experience.  Remember that not everything has to be perfect (even though you may want it to be) and that some things are out of your control. I am the worst at allowing things to be out of my  hands, but sometimes you need to let go.

Take a whiff of citrus:

“Researchers studying depression have found that certain citrus fragrances boost feelings of well-being and alleviate stress by upping levels of norepinephrine, a hormone that affects mood. For an all-day pick-me-up, dab a little lemon or orange essential oil on a handkerchief to tuck in your pocket.” You guys know I am all about the natural so I am LOVING this suggestion. Do something that will keep you calm. Try lavender if citrus isn’t your thing.

Don’t do too much:

During the holidays people tend to go overboard trying to please everyone with everything. Learn to put your foot down and just say NO. Trust me, it’s OK.

Do less “things” and spend more time with your loved ones.

Get some vitamin D:

This may sound crazy but when the days get shorter and it becomes darker earlier many people go through depression. It is called SAD – otherwise known as Seasonal Affectiveness Disorder. To help beat this plan a Christmas morning hike or a stroll around the neighborhood.


For some of us the holidays are hard because we have lost a loved one or can’t have the person we love be present. This one is tough. Make plans to see the person you can’t see and if you aren’t able to see the person at all share a story or memory that reminds you of them. As cheesy as it sounds they are still in your heart and memories. That will never change.

Practice gratitude and generosity:

Appreciate the people you have in your life. Reflect on the blessings you have had in the last year. Be thankful and try to reciprocate the effort. If you are in a position to give back to your community or loved ones, take advantage of it. You will be helping someone else and spreading your blessings.


Don’t take yourself too seriously! Allow yourself to be a kid again. Be goofy, sing songs, dance, make cookies…anything! Just have fun while you are doing it.

What are some things you do to help destress and lift your spirits during the holidays? xx

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Brandi December 24, 2016 - 1:56 pm

This is the perfect ready during the busy holiday season!

Debbie Savage December 24, 2016 - 10:40 pm

Thank you so much for a wonderful reminder! So, needed at this time of my life — especially during the holidays! Merry Christmas!
xo Debbie | http://www.tothineownstylebetrue.com

Komal Patel December 26, 2016 - 7:38 pm

Merry Christmas!

Stefana Silber December 26, 2016 - 3:50 pm

These are all great suggestions! I hope you had a wonderful Christmas!

Farida December 26, 2016 - 5:49 pm

Such great tips! Happy Holidays Komal xo

Komal Patel December 26, 2016 - 7:37 pm

Happy holidays to you!

Gisel December 26, 2016 - 6:01 pm

Great tips! Totally agree that the holidays, while they can be a wonderful time of year, are stressful and tough for those who have had recent loss.

Gisel // http://www.mintandthrift.com

vanessa December 26, 2016 - 6:43 pm

These are great ideas! Semi happy it’s all over haha

Vanessa | http://www.vanessarenae.com

Komal Patel December 26, 2016 - 7:36 pm

Aren’t we all! Lol

Resheena December 26, 2016 - 7:31 pm

This was perfect and a much needed reminder to not let the holiday season overwhelm you! Excellent post!

Komal Patel December 26, 2016 - 7:36 pm

Thank you Resheena! Hope you had a good one! Xx

Amanda Maxwell December 26, 2016 - 8:12 pm

Great list! I love the idea of setting intentions and expectations- I am really trying to make this an active part of my days- really helps eliminate disappointed. Great post.

Komal December 28, 2016 - 12:27 am

It is hard trying to do this everyday, but with a positive attitude we can do it!

Ana Prodanovic December 26, 2016 - 8:29 pm

Thanks for the advice! 🙂


Komal December 28, 2016 - 12:26 am

Thank you for reading 🙂


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