3 Ways to Instantly Unwind After a Stressful Holiday Season

How to Unwind
Flickr: Erik Veland


No doubt you’ll agree that the holiday season, filled with good cheer and plenty of merrymaking, is also exhausting. We rushed through the days from Thanksgiving to New Year’s Day cooking for loved ones, shopping for ourselves and hopeful family members, running errands, and chauffeuring out-of-towners. Now, it’s 2015, and there are deadlines to meet, houseguests to whom we must bid farewell, and gym memberships to resurrect for the sake of optimistic resolutions. If your head is still reeling from last holiday season, here are 3 ideas for how to unwind instantly before you hit the ground running in 2015.

Try a vacation of the mind. Next to the sound of roaring waves slapping against a secluded beach, nothing unwinds the body like a warm bath. Set aside an hour, pour a hot bath, a full glass of wine, and enjoy our most calming collection of chocolate truffles, the Wellness Truffle Collection. A set of 9 chocolate squares, infused with antioxidant rich blueberries, bittersweet chocolate, and relaxing green tea. Increased oxidation, encouraged by the antioxidants naturally found in these ingredients, is proven to boost health and attentiveness. Feel your muscles ease as your palette enjoys each creamy morsel, bite by bite.

A little aromatherapy goes a long way. If you’re short on time, look to your nose for a quick decompression designed to relieve anxiety. Studies show that smelling lavender calms our nerves, aiding in relaxation. Light the fragrance with a few candles sprawled through your favorite room. Quietly sip our soothingly rich Lavender Hot Chocolate, a recipe made with fresh Texas lavender, grown locally, blended with pure solid milk chocolate. In no time you’ll feel the weight lifting from your shoulders. For an extra touch, top your hot drink with a few homemade vanilla or champagne marshmallows.

When there’s no time to stop your routine, try a mood boosting pick-me-up instead. The smell of citrus is known to improve our mood and increase energy. Keep a box of things filled with the fragrance at your desk. Try our Citrus Chocolate Truffle Collection. Each zesty chocolate square is filled with orange, lemon, or lime. We dare you not to smile while enjoying these fun, discreet treats.

Stress affects everyone to some degree. Before it infringes upon your productivity, we at Delysia Chocolatier want you to remember the 3 R’s: reflect, relax, and reward. Take a moment to acknowledge your accomplishments, proactively release any built-up tension, and routinely reward yourself with the delicious, fine chocolate made with love in our kitchen.

Featured Image: Flickr: Lynda Giddens

Nicole Patel

Nicole Patel is the proprietor of and chocolatier for Delysia Chocolatier. In 2006 while pregnant with her first son, Nicole made a batch of chocolate truffles as holiday gifts. To the delight of friends and family, she continued to create chocolates as a way to relieve stress from her corporate engineering job. In 2008, a chance trip to Becker Vineyards led to Nicole being the first in Texas to make truffles using local wines. Within five years, what started as a hobby turned Delysia into one of the Top Ten Chocolatiers in the Americas, as selected by the International Chocolate Salon.