8 Ways to Practice Self-Care During the Holidays

The rumors are true – the holiday season is the most wonderful time of the year! But, between hosting dinners and visiting family and cooking and shopping (I could go on!), the holidays can quickly become hectic. Don’t let your celebrations become engulfed in chaos and stress! Instead, avoid burnout by practicing self-care during the holidays.

Today, I’m sharing my favorite holiday self-care tips. These are things that you can do before, during, and after your holiday celebrations to help keep yourself grounded, relaxed, and ready to take on the best time of the year!

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Shop Early

Believe it or not, getting your holiday shopping out of the way early can be a form of self-care. Holiday shopping can include lots of stressors. First, there’s the pressure of conjuring up gift ideas. Then, the stores are swarming with crowds. And, of course, there’s the stress of emptying your bank account.

Getting a head start on shopping can help you avoid a lot of stress, thereby helping you maintain a peaceful mindset during the holidays. So, start planning gift ideas, making online orders, and getting gift budgets in order now! The sooner you check this task off of your list, the more time you’ll have to focus on being present during the holiday season.

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Prepare for Less Worry

Whether you’re hosting or visiting this year, be sure to eliminate worry by preparing yourself well in advance. If you’re hosting guests, make sure you start cleaning and stocking up on supplies at least one week ahead of time. Same goes for those of you traveling! Be sure your clothes are cleaned and packed and do a little household tidying a few days before you’re scheduled to leave.

Taking the time to prepare for these events well beforehand ensures that you’ll be well prepared. Most importantly, it eliminates the stress and worry of feeling unprepared just hours before show time.


Steal Away

If you’re an introvert like me, being surrounded by lots of people can become draining after a while. If you feel like you’re running out of steam, volunteer to set the table, clean some dishes, or help with the cooking.

Tasks like these can be incredibly relaxing and therapeutic because they allow you to turn your mind off for a few moments. Plus, they allow you to steal away for some time alone, or at least with a smaller group of people.

Deep Breaths

Try something for me right now. Close your eyes and take 5 deep breaths. Breathe in for four seconds and out for 6 seconds. Don’t you feel relaxed? Deep breathing is one of my favorite self-care practices. Livestrong.com says it helps release stress, increase energy, and improve awareness.

If you find yourself feeling overwhelmed at a holiday gathering, close yourself in the bathroom and take a few deep breaths. This trick will surely leave you feeling more peaceful and ready to get back out there!




In the hustle and bustle of the holidays, don’t forget to take care of yourself. One way to do this is by having a pamper night! Indulge in a luxurious bubble bath, complete with festive scents and candles. Then, snuggle up in a warm bathrobe, put on a face mask and treat yourself to a mani/pedi. Finally, don’t forget to moisturize!

Taking time slow down and pamper yourself can be one of the most relaxing and rewarding experiences. Take advantage of it!

Get Cozy

When the weather gets colder, it gets harder to get out of bed. So, stay there! Treat yourself to an extra hour snuggled up in the covers. Grab a cup of hot chocolate and spend some time reading, watching Netflix, or simply laying there all cozied up in your warm bed.

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Stay True to Your Values

The ultimate form of self-care is being your truest self. Take a moment this holiday season to reflect on your values and what makes you feel most authentic.

If you can emulate those ideas throughout the holidays, you’ll feel supremely energized and at peace with yourself. This will make your holiday experiences the best they can be!

There you have it – my favorite holiday self-care tips! I hope they help you find a little extra peace and joy this holiday season.

What are your favorite ways to sneak self-care into the holiday season?

  • Such a good reminder! It’s only the best time if we remember to take care of ourselves!

    • Emily

      You’re absolutely right!

  • These are great tips for those who need time to decompress. Shopping early is the best idea for everyone (particularly young parents), so there is time to enjoy the moments.

    • Emily

      I’m glad you enjoyed these tips!

  • I can’t believe that Thanksgiving is right around the corner. I always find myself commenting to doing to much. This year my goal is to focus more on enjoying the people I care about and being grateful.

    Great reminder!

    • Emily

      That’s a great goal! If you keep it at the front of your mind, it will make such a difference.

  • These are great tips to remember during the holidays. I think planning ahead can save us from many headches.

    xo, Elizabeth | txelizabeth.com

    • Emily

      I agree. I just did some of my Thanksgiving shopping today, and I’m so glad I did. I can just imagine how stressful it would have been if I’d have gone on Wednesday only to find everything to be sold out!

  • Love this! I love how proactive this blog inspires people to be. I completely agree on the philosophy. I generally tend to stay away from large shopping crowds lol people are crazy

    • Emily

      Thanks, Sami! Your comment made my day!

  • I’m loving these tips! I think people sometimes forget to take care of themselves during the holidays to reduce the stress.

    • Emily

      I’m glad you like these tips!