Wednesday, December 16, 2015

10 Ways to De-Stress This Holiday Season

Happy Wednesday everybody! I hope you're having a wonderful week. I'm officially on my Christmas vacation! Wahoo! Because I live away from my family, I like to save up my vacation and use it around the holidays to ensure that I have plenty of time to spend time with everyone! As much as I'd love to hit up the beach earlier in the year, I never regret having all of my vacation time around the holidays. Even though I'm on vacation, I feel the undue stress of the holiday season. Why do we do that to ourselves? I know that Christmas is supposed to be a joyous time of celebration but I always seem to get caught up in the craziness of it all. I want to refocus, and thought y'all might too, so I wanted to share my favorite 10 ways to de-stress during the holiday season.
10 Ways to De-Stress this Holiday Season

1 Watch your favorite movie. Several popular TV channels do marathons leading up to Christmas and play some of the best holiday movies! I always make sure to watch Elf and How the Grinch Stole Christmas! Make an evening of it- pop some popcorn, make some hot cocoa, and snuggle in your favorite blanket to unwind.

2 Listen to festive music. When I'm feeling overwhelmed, cheery music is a quick and easy way to lift my mood. Earlier this week I posted my favorite Christmas songs in a playlist- that's a great place to get started!

3 Bake. If you're like me, taking time to try a new recipe is a great way to relax. I really love baking and have always found it to be a great stress reliever! There are all kinds of yummy holiday recipes out there to try or you could whip up a family favorite!

4 Visit a light display. Where I grew up, there were always neighborhoods who took their Christmas decor to another level as compared to mine. Everyone knew who they were and made a point to drive by to check the displays out every year! You could also check out one of the many drive-through light shows that pop up around the season!

5 Read a holiday devotional. My small group is working through one right now and I think it's the best way to refocus on what the season is about. There are tons of bible reading guides online surrounding the Christmas story or advent-style devotionals that you can find for free!

6 Visit a coffee shop. I find a stop by the coffee shop to be relaxing. You can settle into a comfortable chair with a hot drink and take a deep breath. Not only do I love to get a good cup of coffee, I love to people watch! I've always found this to be relaxing.

7 Find a way to give back. Last year I volunteered at the Capital Area Food Bank close to the holidays, and am so thankful that I did! It was really rewarding to do something charitable in the middle of a time that has become so consumer- and self-focused. You can read all about my experience here. This year, I participated in Operation Christmas Child and it felt amazing. Giving back can mean donating time, or food, or money to those less fortunate that yourself.

8 Reflect. Simply take a moment and reflect on everything that you have to be thankful for this year. In the midst of the hustle and bustle, the best thing you can do to de-stress is to focus on the blessings in your life. It makes everything else feel small!

9 Call a relative or friend to catch up. It can be so rejuvenating to talk with someone you haven't spoken with in a while! I love to call my grandmother or some family friends when I'm feeling stressed. They're a breath of fresh air and help me relax for sure.

10 Take a soothing bath. This is my go-to all year round to de-stress and things are no different around the holidays! I love bath products and always put them to good use during the busy holiday season.

How do you de-stress during the holiday season? What do you do to keep it all together when you're busy?


  1. Love these tips! It's so important to de-stress, so I hope you find some time for you.

    xx katie // a touch of teal

  2. There's nothing better than sitting back and watching a holiday movie to relax over the holidays. :)

  3. A relaxing bath sounds AWESOME...I also love holiday lights

  4. I never thought to read a devotional. I'm not 100% certain I know what it is BUT do you have a recommendation?

  5. Excellent tips! I totally do that. I get stressed out.. I watch 300. Something about hunky men in no shirts. And I love the 7th tip... find a way to give back. So true... so many people who are without this holiday season so it would help take your mind off things by giving to those that are indeed less fortunate. Cheers.

  6. Love this list definitely #4 and #6 those are things I enjoy :)

  7. I love all of these! I could go for a good bathr ight now.

    xoxo, Jenny || Breakfast at Lillys

  8. It's so important to take time to do something that de-stresses you, especially over the holiday season. These are great tips - I'd like to do at least half of them if I can, ESPECIALLY taking a soothing bath. Pure relaxation. :)

    Christie's Take on Life. x

  9. Looking at Christmas lights help me ease my stress SO MUCH. I love that when I look at them I just feel peaceful and I can't help but smile.

    xoxo Lex // LexMeetsWorld


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