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10 Tips to Help You De-Stress During the Holidays

Get on your Mark, Get Ready, Get Set Go > this is the week that it all begins!

Thanksgiving preparations, Christmas shopping, then New Year’s Eve celebrations.  There may be a nip in the air here in the MidAtlantic Area, but there are also some heated emotions and high anxiety brewing the closer we get to the holidays. 

holiday stress

Before you begin to get yourself too stressed, check out these 10 Tips to help you de-stress during the holidays.  Leave a few of your own in the comments section as we can all benefit from having a happy and stress-free holiday season.


10 Tips to Help You De-Stress During the Holidays



how to reduce stress during the holidays


Take a bath, add some Epsom salts to help ease aches and pains and to soothe your mind and body.  Try using a lavender scent salt which will provide a calming aroma.



Sleep is the most important stress reducer to keep us healthy and relaxed.  Don’t let your To-Do list cause you to lose sleep, stay in bed a bit later or go to bed a bit earlier then rise and shine rested and less stressed.

sleep recharges the body and soul


Slow down and enjoy the little moments around you.  Enjoy and appreciate God’s Gifts; a sunrise, a sunset, trees blowing in the wind or snow flakes falling, slow down and enjoy the moment.

enjoy a beautiful sunset


Learn to say, “no” and don’t try to attend every meeting or event invite that pops into your email box or on your Facebook timeline.

3 signs saying no


Clear your mind by clearing the clutter from your closet, desk or dresser drawers.  Pull out a drawer and sit on the sofa or bed to remove and discard old papers, socks or items that you no longer use.  You will feel better the next time you open that drawer and are able to find exactly what you need without digging through the mess.

messy kitchen drawer



Make and take some time alone to re-center yourself.  Sit in a quiet dark corner of your home or apartment or even on the floor of your walk-in closet to pray, mediate and breath deeply.

release stress with mediation


Put on your favorite music then dance or jog in place or run around the house or up and down the steps.  Dance like no one is looking to boost your endorphins.

Fresh Prince of BelAir


Laughter is a great way to reduce stress hormone levels, leaving you recharged and refocused.  Turn on the television, your computer or Tablet and watch re-runs of old shows like “Everyone Loves Raymond”, “I Love Lucy” or “Everybody Hates Chris”

laughter is the best medicine


Unplug and give your mind a rest from electronic and digital media then pick up a book or a magazine.  Curl up and relax with a good story or a “rag mag” that is for “entertainment purposes only” and enjoy the stress-free read.

reading in bed


Buffet and Potluck meals are more fun and social than traditional sit-down meals.  Ask family and friends to bring a dish and purchase pre-made items to cut down on your time in the kitchen.  Let everyone relax and eat as they please then tell some jokes, play games or just catnap the rest of the day away.

How do you reduce stress during the holidays?


Cut down on time and stress in the kitchen with a Jennie-O frozen, No Thaw Turkey.  It goes from freezer to oven to perfect on your table!

Disclosure: I am a member of the Jennie-O Switch Circle.  All opinions are my own.

  Switch to Turkey with Jennie-O


15 Ways to Take 15 Minutes for Yourself {Guest Post}

15 Ways to Take 15 Minutes for Yourself {Guest Post}

Author: Whitney Hollingshead

Do you feel like you never have any time for yourself? Is your to do list always growing in length? Are you exhausted all of the time? If you answered yes to any or all of these questions, you are in good company. Day to day life can be both exhausting and stressful! Before the stress leads to major physical, mental, and emotional consequences, it’s time to take some time for yourself.  

Taking care of yourself is not selfish. When your basic needs are met you are much more capable of meeting the needs of others. So make taking time for yourself a priority each day and set aside 15 minutes.

What can you do for yourself in those 15 minutes? Check out these suggestions:

1. Rest. 15 minutes may not be long enough to take a nap, but you can gain a lot from a 15 minute rest. Lay flat on your back on your bed. Keep your arms gently at your sides and do not cross your ankles. Close your eyes and think restful thoughts. If your mind is racing about all of the things you have to do when you get up again, focus strictly on breathing in and out.

2. Listen to five songs. Put your mp3 player on shuffle and listen to the first five songs that play. Allow yourself to really enjoy the music. Don’t do anything else while the music is playing.

3. Write in a journal. Grab your journal and write about anything you want. Recount a funny experience, record what you are grateful for, or compose a simple poem. If you don’t feel like writing, read older entries instead.  

4. Sit in the sun. Take a chair out to the middle of your yard or sit on your front porch. Make sure you are sitting in direct sun and then do nothing. If you must do something, sip lemonade or water.

5. Take a hot shower. Since you most likely take a shower daily already, the key is to quickly wash and then spend the remaining time relaxing in the hot water. Just stop and let the water cascade over you for the remaining time. If the temperature of your shower is lacking, read up on these tips. You won’t get the same relaxing benefits with a cold shower.

Blonde lying on couch reading a book

6. Read one chapter in a book. Grab a book you’ve been wanting to read and head to the couch. Read one chapter and set the book aside. You don’t need to feel guilty about reading one chapter and you will most likely make time to read another chapter tomorrow too.

7. Talk to a friend on the phone. Call up a good friend just to chat. Catch up on each other’s lives and take time to laugh. Set a timer for 15 minutes before you make the call and when the time is up, tell your friend that you have to go.

8. Dance. Turn on some music and dance around your house. Dancing talent is not required.

9. Make something with your hands. Creating something with your hands can do wonders for your emotional health. Consider arranging fresh flowers, making cards, painting, sewing, wrapping a pretty gift, making origami, scrapbooking, or crafting. Choose something you enjoy and get a little creative.

10. Relax in the tub. This is different than taking a hot shower. Relaxing in the tub is not about getting cleaned up, rather it’s about pure relaxation. Light a scented candle in the bathroom, or use a scented plugin. Add bubbles to the water. Place the softest towel you own nearby to dry off when you are finished.

11. Eat your favorite healthy snack. Choose a snack that you know is good for you, but also tastes really good. Take time to savor the food instead of eating it on the go.

12. Go for a walk. If you can get out alone, walk without having a destination in mind. Don’t worry about your pace, just enjoy the stroll. If you have a baby, put them in a stroller and head out to tour your neighborhood.

woman hand holding a pencil and solves crossword sudoku.

13. Do a puzzle. You can choose from jigsaw puzzles, word puzzles, crossword puzzles, word searches, Sudoku puzzles, etc. Pick a type of puzzle that you find both enjoyable and relaxing. Set the timer for 15 minutes and work on the puzzle until the timer goes off. If you are using a digital format for your puzzle, be careful to not get distracted by other things like social media or the news.  

14. Organize something. If you like having your movies in alphabetical order or enjoy color coding your closet, taking the time to get things back in shape will make you feel better. The key is to choose something that you want to organize. For example, take a few minutes to organize the photos on your computer or make your favorite seasonal shoes more easily accessible.

Blonde applying mascara

15. Get dolled up. Spend a little extra time on yourself. Put on a little extra makeup. Exfoliate some skin. Paint your nails. Add accessories to your outfit. Pick a process that makes you feel good. The key is to choose one or two extra things that you can accomplish in 15 minutes or less.

Think of yourself as having a battery just like your smartphone or tablet. When the battery runs down you have to plug the battery into a charger and wait until the battery is recharged. You need to treat yourself the same way. When your battery is running low, you won’t have the power to get things done. Find the suggestions above that really help you to recharge, or a use a few of your own. Remember that recharging your battery on a daily basis is crucial to extending your battery life.

Disclaimer: This Guest Post was written by someone other than the author of DeDivahDeals. The author of this post, has submitted their article to DeDivahDeals for the purpose of being published on this blog as a Guest Writer.