Five Ways To De-stress During The Christmas Season

Isn't it sad that the Christmas season, which should be joyfully filled with family and fun, is so often clouded by stress?  There is a lot of pressure associated with Christmas, especially for moms who are typically in charge of all the Christmas fun.  I've written already written about how to prevent Christmas stress, and specific things you can do to make Christmas easier.  So what can you do when the stresses start to get to you?  These are a few of my favorite Christmas-time escapes!

1.  Take a holly jolly bath.

I just made that term up, and if it were in the dictionary it would mean a bath with some Christmas-y scented something.  Every Christmas I break out my Gingerbread Girl body wash, and it has become a scent that I associate with this time of year (think gingerbread in a fresh, airy way, if that is possible - and it is).  Find your own Christmas scent (I will refer you to Bath and Body Works to get you started).  Light a festively scented candle, use your new soap, and get in a Christmas mood while you de-stress.

2.  Go Christmas shopping at night.

There is something particularly festive to me about Christmas shopping at night, when all the Christmas decorations are lit up at the same time.  Make it a date with your husband, or see if he can take the kids so you can go by yourself.  Only do actual shopping if it will not be stressful to you (sometimes hunting for gifts can be relaxing, and sometimes it's just not).  If trying to find gifts for specific people is going to feel too much like a chore, just window shop, or make a Christmas list for yourself and hand it off to your husband when you get home.

3. Enjoy a Christmas movie with a Christmas drink.

You can only really watch Christmas movies at Christmas time, so settle down on the couch with a hot mug and enjoy them while you can.  Some favorites of mine (partly because I watched them growing up, so the nostalgia kicks in) are "The Santa Clause" and "Jingle All The Way" (I'm all about comedy for de-stressing).  As for a Christmas drink, wassel and holly jolly coffee are the best, or try this Christmas tea recipe I invented!

(Of course, snuggling a newborn is an instant relaxer.)

4.  Take some quiet time each morning to re-focus.

Last year I used an advent devotional along with my Bible study time, and it was a great way to refocus during the Christmas season.  I really looked forward to reading my devotion each day to help keep in the forefront of my mind what Christmas is all about!  I used Ann Voskamp's The Greatest Gift last year, and I'm looking forward to going through The Dawning Of Indestructible Joy by John Piper and Waiting Here For You by Louie Giglio this year.   If you haven't started an advent devotional yet, it's not too late to start!  Just double up until Christmas.

5. Sing a Christmas song (not an annoying one).

I would wager it is impossible to be stressed out while singing a Christmas carol.  I don't have any research to back me up, but stress and singing carols have never co-existed for me yet.  Don't do the secular classics, because those can get old fast - pick your favorite actual carol (like Joy to World, or Hark the Herald Angels Sing), and look up all the verses you don't know.  I love singing the little known verses to my favorite Christmas carols!  Add in some scarves, snow, and loved ones to join in on the singing, and it just doesn't get much better.

What are some of your favorite ways to relax at Christmas time?

And also, what is your favorite advent devotional (I just really want to know, so I can add it to my book list for next year!)

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Victoria Stacey said...

Luckily, I'm done my shopping so that's one stressful thing off my list! Next is hosting the family Christmas :/ Thanks!

Becky @ bybmg said...

Love this. Looking at Christmas lights is a huge de-stress for me!

Chelsie Carr said...

Christmas music is playing 24/7 in my home and it always helps me remember the real meaning of the season. I love singing along to it and if it was socially acceptable, I would play it all year long!

Callie Nicole said...

I love Christmas music! You are like my husband and sister - they both listen to it all year long even though it's not socially acceptable, haha! :-)

Callie Nicole said...

There is something so peaceful about Christmas lights - I love it!

Callie Nicole said...

Shopping is one of the most stressful things about Christmas, so you are ahead of the game! We are done shopping too, but wrapping is another story. :-/ I am determined not to leave it until Christmas Eve this year!

Lauren English said...

I love Christmas music too! Sitting in front of my Christmas tree on my couch is one of my favorite things in the whole world. It's so sparkly and peaceful! I can't wait to do that same thing with baby snuggles one day like your sweet picture :)

Callie Nicole said...

Baby snuggles are the best, and Christmas-time baby snuggles is just a bonus! ;-)

Dana Brillante-Peller said...

I love singing Christmas music too!!! (Oh, and I would love to snuggle with a baby ;) Mine are past the snuggling stage but are still huggers...I'll take that!!)

Sarah Koves said...

Movie and a drink sounds perfect. I like coffee with butterscotch schnapps.

Callie Nicole said...

That sounds yummy!

Callie Nicole said...

Hugs are lovely too! :-)

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