Got the Holiday Blues?

Day 6 of December and the holiday stress is already starting to get to me. What should I get for Aunt Norma who is 97? Will my daughter bring home the vegetarian  boyfriend? And where will he sleep? How can I ship presents to South Africa without breaking the budget? When will I find time to do everything—let alone relax and have fun?!

Joi Casado, Group Administrator for MDLiveCare, says that stress like that (and the unrealistic expectations that we can do it) can add up to a nasty case of the holiday blues.

For minor cases of being down in the dumps, try these tips from Sharecare experts:

  • Inhale peppermint oil. I’m a big fan of aromatherapy and am a firm believer that a little whiff of peppermint can perk a person up. I also like the idea of eating a few chili peppers for an instant pick-me-up (it’s the capsaicin that gives you a boost).
  • Eat your vitamins. Having enough vitamin D in your body can help you fight off the winter doldrums. A yummy and good-for-you food like D-rich salmon, may boost levels of serotonin, which positively affects mood.
  • Exercise away the glums. Research shows that moving your booty may be more effective than some antidepressants! Both Dr. Mehmet Oz and Dr. Michael Roizen tout the stress-reducing power of endorphins produced during exercise.

Additional Research by Taylor Dahl

File under: Healthy Holidays


Anne Krueger

A print editor turned digital junkie, Anne launched during her tenure as Editor-in-Chief of Parenting magazine and blogged at while Executive Editor at Health magazine. She launched and has worked at and

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