How to Reduce Holiday Stress

My advice is simple: Get plenty of sleep and be happy. 


The holidays are meant to be a time for connecting and relaxing, but often bring symptoms of anxiety and stress leading to sleep loss and depression.

You’re probably calling me Sherlock and asking, “Is this some puerile joke that’s going to waste my precious time?” Actually it’s not a joke, and I abhor wasting time—yours or mine. 

Today there are some easy, inexpensive, healthy ways that can help you get plenty of sleep and more than just a whiff of happiness.

In the past, options for overcoming these problems weren’t that easy, inexpensive or healthy, and once you are on a downward cycle the problem becomes very persistent. I know this all too well, having been an insomniac for more than two decades and a habitual pessimist most of my life.

Holiday Stress and Depression

Before I share two useful ideas that may help you or someone you love get through the holidays, the dark winter months, and even the sunnier times of year, let’s first look at the shocking detrimental effects of not getting enough sleep. Once sleep deprivation takes hold it affects our physical health, leads to poor mental health, and even depression.

  • Not getting enough sleep pretty much neutralizes the benefits of healthy eating and exercise. It wreaks havoc with our hormones, and just one night of missed or inadequate sleep is sufficient to make you as insulin resistant as a type 2 diabetic.
  • It causes persistently high cortisol levels, which can cause a myriad of disorders, including thyroid and metabolic dysfunction – resulting in depression, irritability, anxiety and carb cravings.
  • It affects physiological and cognitive functions like memory and attention, complex thought, motor response and—importantly—emotional control.
  • It even can make you fatter! Lack of sleep causes imbalances of leptin and ghrelin, the two hormones responsible for the control of appetite: Ghrelin is produced in the gastrointestinal tract and stimulates appetite, while leptin provides a signal to the brain when we are full.

You get the picture; sleep is pretty important. Especially during the holidays when there is an extraordinary amount of things to cope with.

Holiday Stress Relievers


Click on the image above to learn more about the book, Six Steps To Sleep, the companion audios, and the happier mood and good brain function that better sleep brings.

Most cases of poor quality sleep and insomnia can be cured using six core steps, as documented in Peter Litchfield’s book, Six Steps To Sleep.

Litchfield tops off his easily-acquired sleep habits you learn in the book with audios that use supraliminal effects, which are audio attributes that really do work.

You have got to try his audios!

The meditation music contains special frequencies that entrain the brain for different states of wellbeing, which in this case is for relaxation or sleep, depending on the audio you choose.

Basically, the music encourages your brain to produce brainwaves of the same frequency being played underneath the music. My favorite mp3 is Calm Mind. It’s great for those evenings when your mind is still on full throttle at 11pm, threatening to keep you up until the early hours.

  • The entire program is instantly downloadable and compatible with all computers, tablets and phones. The books come in PDF format and the audio in high-quality mp3 files.
  • Six Steps To Sleep also comes with a cool Sleep Diet Guide that teaches you which foods to eat and which to avoid to improve the quality of your sleep.
  • A full 60-day money-back guarantee gives you ample time to give it a try. Many people say it starts working right away; others say it works within 3 days.

              We all love it when we sleep like a baby!

SAD and Light Therapy 

Seasonal Affective Disorder, or SAD, affects many people who live where sunlight is limited. SAD lamps are an easy, inexpensive solution. You simply set up a lamp near you while you work, and you get enough “sunlight” to relieve the deficit that is causing you to be SAD. CLICK HERE to see some excellent light therapy lamps and terrific SAD alarms that will make waking up a little more pleasant with “sunlight” instead of an abrasive noise!

I wish they had these helpful products when I lived in a dark winter climate, couldn’t get much sleep, was depressed and still had to work and take care of kids and a home, despite my misery!

Wishing you plenty of sleep and happiness these holidays,

Rori O’Hara


  1. Anh Nguyen

    Hey there,

    Thanks so much for bringing attention to this almost ambiguous form of stress. And I know how it can manifest, although I’ve rarely experience it myself, I’ve seen the symptoms in others. And this is especially true if they have a lot to do after the holidays, homework to get through as well.

    I learned a lot from your post and this can help me giving advice to my loved ones. 🙂


    • Rori O'Hara

      Thanks, Anh. I agree, it’s not only the adults who are extra-busy, but students as well. Hope you and yours have wonderful holidays!

  2. isaac

    Hi Rori. Thanks for this informative article. I’m also having some problem sleeping on some days due to rescuing mind like you said. This audio could be the answer to this problem of mine. May i know what’s the price of the book. I’m guessing it also comes with the audio right?

    • Rori O'Hara

      Yes, Isaac, the book and audio are included together in one purchase, and I took a peek to check the price for you. It’s been reduced by 50%, to only $20 US!

      Just click on the image, “Say Goodnight to Insomnia” in the article and it will bring you to the details. Scroll down to the “Add to Cart” button and click through to purchase the package.

      Thanks so much for your comments. Sleep is sometimes difficult to come by and this is sure to help you!



  3. Vlad

    You wouldn’t expect the holidays, of all times, to be such a stressful time – but they are!

    I actually liked the input about SAD, it just goes to show you that this type of stress *can* and *will* cause some mental issues to you, the type of issues that are widely recognized by professionals.

    But not by the public, oddly enough.

    Anyway, thanks for the read!
    Cheers, Vlad!

    • Rori O'Hara

      Thanks for the comments, Vlad. Yes, people can be stifled by environmental blindness. It’s sort of like a fish that isn’t aware it lives in polluted water so it doesn’t bother to move upstream where it can have better life outcomes.

  4. Josh Ellery

    Is crazy how we humans get stressed about almost anything. A holiday is supposed to be a relaxing time right? Many people do suffer from it though and the cd you recommended seems pretty useful. None of us want an unhealthy body and sleep is an essential part in helping us function to our maximum capabilites.

    • Rori O'Hara

      Thanks for stopping by, Josh. Take a look around my site for more on why we humans are generally so stressed, and what positive thinking can do to reduce the stress we feel. And have great holidays with plenty of sleep!

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