The holiday season often comes with a whirlwind of joy, laughter, and celebration. But amidst the festivities, we can often find ourselves feeling frazzled and overwhelmed. Balancing family, work, and the holiday hustle can take a toll on mental and physical well-being. But fear not! With a focus on natural health and holistic practices, it’s possible to navigate this festive period with grace and tranquillity. Here’s a guide on how to keep stress at bay and embrace the joys of the season:

Breathe and Embrace Mindfulness

The power of breath work and mindfulness practices cannot be overstated. When the holiday chaos begins to loom, take a moment to pause and breathe. Deep, intentional breaths can instantly calm the nervous system, reducing stress and promoting a sense of peace. When you have a few more minutes consider incorporating short meditation sessions or mindfulness exercises into your daily routine. Apps like Headspace or Calm offer guided meditations that can be easily integrated into even the busiest schedules.

Step Into Nature’s Embrace

During the bustling holiday preparations, make time for nature. Whether it’s a leisurely stroll in the park, a hike in the woods, or simply sitting in your garden, spending time outdoors can work wonders for stress relief. Nature has a remarkable ability to restore balance and perspective. The fresh air, the calming sounds, and the natural beauty can provide a much-needed escape from the chaos, allowing you to recharge and rejuvenate.

Nourish with Fresh and Wholesome Foods

Even with the abundance of holiday treats, prioritize nourishing your body with fresh, whole foods. Incorporate plenty of vegetables and beans into your meals. These nutrient-rich foods not only support your physical health but also contribute to improved mood and energy levels. Having a nourishing soup on the go makes this much easier, mix in a bone broth for extra taste and nutritional punch. While indulging in festive delights is part of the fun, maintaining a balance with nutritious foods will help you feel more energized and resilient.

Embrace the Power of Connection

Amidst the chaos, don’t forget the true essence of the holiday season – love and connection. Prioritize spending quality time with loved ones. Share laughter, stories, and moments of joy. Connection with friends and family can serve as a powerful antidote to stress. Don’t worry about the washing in the sink or the cleaning to be done – schedule moments for heart-to-heart conversations, cozy gatherings, or even a simple phone call to connect with those who matter most.

Simplify and Delegate

The pressure to create the perfect holiday experience can lead to undue stress. Remember, it’s okay to simplify. Delegate tasks and share responsibilities with family members or friends. Allow yourself to let go of perfection and embrace the beauty of imperfection. There was a year my friend has spent hours preparing a 3 bird special for our Christmas dinner. We all went out for a long Christmas walk while it roasted, all very excited on our return. Only to discover I had put on the grill not the oven. Not my finest my culinary moment – but a good Christmas story now. 18 years later!!

Prioritize Self-Care

Amidst the chaos of the season, prioritize self-care. Set aside time for activities that bring you joy, whether it’s reading a book, taking a long bath, practicing yoga, or enjoying a hobby. Taking care of yourself allows you to be more present and resilient in handling the holiday demands. Taking baths is my go-to for relaxing. In one particular overwhelm and cold day recently – I had a 2 bath day. I have never done this before, maybe not cost effective but prevented a stress-out/shouty situation.


The holiday season is a time of love, joy, and togetherness. By incorporating these natural health tips – practicing breath work, spending time in nature, nourishing your body with fresh foods, embracing connections, simplifying tasks, and prioritizing self-care – you can navigate this festive period with grace and ease. Remember, amidst the busyness, finding moments of peace and serenity is the greatest gift you can give yourself this holiday season.