12/22/2012 10:16 pm ET

HuffPost De-Stresses: How We Unwind During The Holidays

'Tis the season to be jolly, enjoy that "sentimental feeling," and sing about those sleigh bells ring-a-lingin', right? In reality, the holidays are a notoriously stressful time for many of us: Last minute gifting, overbearing in-laws and treats that leave us in week-long sugar comas are all triggers that can leave us desperate for a breather.

In an effort grab stress by the horns (or, maybe antlers in this case), we asked HuffPost staffers to share their tricks for de-stressing over the holidays. Some felt they were destined to be stressed ("I'll let you know when I find out," a not-to-be-named HuffPost staffer groaned), but others were more solution-oriented. "I make crafts and cook elaborate meals -- I need projects that keep my hands busy and my mind focused on something creative," said Meredith Melnick, our Nutrition and Fitness editor.

Need a tip or two? Check out the many ways in which HuffPosters unwind in the slideshow below, then share your own holiday de-stressing tips in the comments.

How HuffPosters De-Stress

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