The holidays can tend to really stress you out, because of the high demand of your time, with entertaining, decorating, cooking, and shopping! We have compiled some tips to help you to relax during this crazy time, plan, so you can take it easier, and how to make it a tranquil time for celebration.


  • Sunlight increases serotonin. Spend time outside or near a window.
  • Aroma of citrus can really help with feelings of depression. Dab oils of lemon or orange on your wrists or purchase some citrus scented candles.
  • The repetition of walking has a stress relieving effect and will decrease anxiety. 30 minutes a day. Research finds a good workout can boost your mood for up to 12 hours.
  • Be optimistic – a “negative Nancy” can trigger your body’s stress response.
  • Music is a great stress reliever – it calms the heart. Dancing couldn’t hurt either.
  • Learn to say NO, keep tasks at a minimum.
  • Try not to veer off of your daily routine.
  • Do what makes you laugh. It’s believed that laughter is the best medicine.
  • Honey is an antioxidant and its antibacterial properties can help improve immunity. Darker the honey, more antioxidants. Hot foods, like soup, can trigger and endorphin release to give a feeling of euphoria.


Ask yourself, “does it always have to be perfect?” No, it doesn’t. It will be wonderful no matter what. It’s ok to ask for help. Learn to delegate some simple tasks to other family members – Don’t try to ‘do it all’.

It’s hard to have memorable conversations when your guests have their nose glued to their telephone. Wrap up an open top gift box and kindly ask your guest to stow the devices for an hour or two. There will be plenty of time for embarrassing videos and selfies later.

Eating, drinking and shopping; it always costs more than you can afford. Live within your means and you will sleep better during the holidays.

Don’t forget – it’s time that you need to wrap, box and ship gifts to friends and family that live far away from you. Visit the Post Office before it starts to get very busy.

It’s either too much or not enough togetherness during the holidays. Try to find a happy balance.

Upset that you missed that Black Friday deal and you didn’t get the whozit at the price it was advertised? It was only a cheap draw to get you into the store. Chill. Didn’t you know that prices for gifts get lower as Christmas approaches?

Don’t bite off more than you can chew. Don’t over schedule!  So much to do, so little time.  Pick and choose.


Does your extended family tend to get a bit combative or loud? Maybe your family wouldn’t mind meeting at a restaurant. Being in public tends to stifle any loud or overzealous conversations.

If you have recently lost a special someone, consider starting a new tradition. Time will heal and a small reminder will always beneficial and put a smile on your face. You may want to make a monetary donation in their name or look for shelters doing “adopt a resident” programs or opportunities to buy gifts through an angel tree.


Volunteer. Serve food at a food bank or donate unwrapped toys or blankets. Pay it forward and take care of someone’s meal. Pay the toll for the car behind you. Visit a senior center and bring a little gift. Spend some time talking to someone who has no one.

Who said you have to be home for the holidays? Schedule a quick trip with the family or your significant other. Last minute travel sites can offer up some great “on the fly” deals.

Try to get out there and participate in other culture’s celebrations. Kwanzaa, Winter Solstice, Las Posadas, Chanukah or Festivus (for the restovus).

And remember, some alone time is good for the soul.

Happy Holidays from the team at ZEE Medical.

Please never drink and drink. Set up a ride or designated driver.