5 Things To Do To De-stress Before The Busy Holiday Season

Posted by Kara Crail

people icing gingerbread cookies for the holidays


Ah, the holidays! 🎄 They're a time of joy, festivities, and... let's be real, a bit of stress. Between the shopping, the planning, and trying to be everywhere at once, it's easy to feel a bit overwhelmed. Breathe in, breathe out! We've got your back. Here are five amazing ways to de-stress before the holiday frenzy kicks in, and yes, they include some fabulous holiday nail art ideas because, after all, self-care can be super stylish! 💅

1. Dive Into the World of Holiday Nail Art 🎨

admiring a new manicure towards the sky with trees in the background

Nothing says "holiday spirit" like some festive nail art. It's not just about looking great (though that's a big plus!); it's about the calming, meditative process of painting your nails. Imagine sitting down with your favorite holiday tunes playing, a warm cup of cocoa by your side, and a palette of reds, greens, golds, and sparkles at your fingertips. Whether you're a fan of intricate designs or prefer something simple and chic, holiday nail art is a perfect way to engage in holiday selfcare. Plus, you'll have the most Instagram-worthy nails at every holiday party! 🤳✨

If you're new to nail art, start with something simple like candy cane stripes with a simple stamp or a glittery accent nail. You don't have to be a pro to create something beautiful! Maybe even pick up a nail stamping starter kit to set yourself up for success!

2. Create Your Own Holiday Selfcare Ritual 🛁

sipping tea and reading a book with fall maple leaf as a bookmark

Self-care is essential, especially during the hustle and bustle of the holiday season. Why not create your own holiday-themed selfcare ritual? This could be anything from a long, luxurious bath with scented candles and soothing music to a cozy night in with your favorite holiday movies and a face mask. The key is to make it something you genuinely enjoy and look forward to. This ritual will be your secret haven away from the holiday madness!

Add a festive touch to your self-care ritual with seasonal scents like cinnamon, peppermint, or pine.

3. Practice Mindfulness and Gratitude 🙏

woman writing in a journal at a kitchen table

The holiday season is a wonderful time to practice mindfulness and gratitude. Amid the chaos, take a moment each day to reflect on what you're thankful for. This could be as simple as writing down three things you're grateful for every morning or meditating for a few minutes each day. Focusing on the positives can significantly reduce stress and improve your overall holiday experience.

Try a gratitude journal with a holiday twist! Decorate it with stickers, doodles, and festive colors. If a whole journal isn't something you're ready to commit to, write an on-going Google Doc or write your daily gratitude in your planner.

4. Get Creative with Holiday Crafting 🖌️

women doing holiday crafts together in a home

There's something incredibly soothing about getting lost in a creative project. Whether it's making holiday cards, decorating a wreath, or even baking some festive treats, crafting is a great way to de-stress. It's not about perfection; it's about enjoying the process and creating something that brings you joy.

Host a holiday crafting night with friends! Goody bags for the kids, gingerbread cookies, Christmas ornaments. Whatever it is, getting the gang together for a artistic sesh is a great way to socialize, be creative, and de-stress all at once.

5. Plan a Pamper Day (or Night!) 💆‍♀️

bath bomb fizzing in a bath with flowers floating in the water

Last but not least, why not plan a pamper day (or night) for yourself? This could include a DIY mani-pedi session (with some holiday nail art, of course!), a relaxing massage, or even a leisurely stroll in a peaceful setting. The idea is to do things that make you feel pampered, relaxed, and happy. Why not combine your pamper day with your holiday selfcare ritual for an extra dose of relaxation?

Remember, amidst all the planning and partying, taking time for yourself is crucial. Whether it's through holiday nail art, self-care rituals, or a bit of crafting, find what helps you relax and embrace it. Happy holidays, and stay fabulous! 💖🎅🎁

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