Christmas is coming and there is an abundance of festive smells, how do we associate this with mood?

Updated: 5 days ago



Written by Julie, our registered associate nutritionist


What does Christmas smell like to you?

  • Surely a smell will come to everyone’s mind: cinnamon, cloves, cardamom, snow, pine cones, hot mulled wine, vanilla, ginger, orange, ground coffee beans, honey, cold fresh air, not to mention the delicious aroma of hot chocolate to name a few…

  • Christmas has many aromatic smells that evoke family moments as well as celebrations from years gone by, for example, you may have attended a Christmas wreath class with family or friends or received lovely fresh-cut flowers or scented candles that have special memories.

  • Baking is always a fun time over the festive season too, whether it be with the kids or on your own. The smells are amazing, and some may find this quite therapeutic and relaxing too!

So how can smell affect mood, emotions and feelings?

  • The part of our brain that processes smell also stores our memory, and this is retriggered when we smell something familiar to us.

  • This may be a childhood memory that makes you happy, alternatively, it could have a negative impact. For example, during pregnancy, the senses are more heightened, and smells may not be so pleasant.

Hopefully, you can experience some smells that can give you a warm glow over these next few weeks. The festive season can be very busy and stressful for some, but these may help you unwind, relax and enjoy some ‘me time'.


If Christmas is a hard time of year, you will find support and guidance here: https://www.mind.org.uk/information-support/tips-for-everyday-living/christmas-and-mental-health/why-christmas-is-hard/


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Julie is an Associate Registered Nutritionist and believes in providing a personalised approach to her clients to help them reach their health and lifestyle goals. Julie has experience working with clients on a one to one basis to support digestive disorders, weight management and women’s health, in addition, Julie is a qualified chef and lecturer, and is able to support clients with their culinary skills, education and training.


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