7 Tips for Holiday Self Care

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Don't let the holidays overwhelm you. Here are 7 steps for Holiday Self Care. #HolidayGlow ADThe holidays are in full swing. I know I’m running at about 210% and at some point I’m going to burn out. I’ve been reminding myself of taking some time for holiday self care and how important it is. It’s important for everyone. Don’t forget to take a few moments each day to take care of yourself.

7 Tips for Holiday Self Care

Add light to your day.
The days are getting darker so take some time to take a walk outside. When you’re home, light a candle. I actually like to use LED flameless candles because then I don’t have to worry about the cats or the kids knocking them over. I even use them during the day. Our house gets SO dark even in the winter time, it adds a nice glow.

Eat well.
The treats are delicious but it’s not the only time of year to eat cookies! Don’t feel like you have to sample everything at the party buffet or clear your plate. If you’re headed out somewhere that is going to be heavy on the hors d’oeuvres and alcohol, grab something healthy beforehand.

Be intentional with your decorating.
This year I started to only decorate with my most favorite Christmas things. Since my kids are still small, some of my treasures are still put away but by only using my favorites, I’m able to really enjoy them. Plus, it feels really nice to pass along the things that are less loved to others.

Create traditions that work for you.
Don’t worry about what society dictates that you’re supposed to do. Your family tradition or even your personal traditions may be a quiet Christmas morning without all the chaos and traveling. It might be leisurely opening stockings, then having breakfast and not even exchanging gifts until after lunch. Do what makes sense to you. It’s easy to get caught up with keeping up with everyone else and you don’t have to.
One of my favorite traditions is using special Christmas mugs for my tea. It’s a very simple tradition, and I even have extra mugs for guests, just in case.
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Saying No.
I’m going to let you in on a little holiday season secret. You do not have to do it all. You actually don’t have to do any of it if you don’t want to. It’s okay to say no to any of the following: tree cutting, the house decorating, the light admiring, the service attending, the cookie making, the festival attending, the caroling, the book reading, the gift buying, the gift opening, the party going and everything else that happens during the holidays. Consider saying “NO” as part of your personal mental health plan. In fact, even if you’d said “YES” there is nothing wrong with canceling.

Make Shopping Easier.
If at all possible, eliminate as many shopping stops as you can. I love putting the big kids on the bus, popping my youngest into his car seat and heading up to Costco. I can pick up my Olay skin care products like Olay Regenerist Microsculpting Cream and Olay Regnerist Regeneration Serum {Available in Warehouse} plus quite a few of my staple grocery times so I don’t have to worry about running out. Bonus – there are always samples to snack on – which my little guy loves. Costco also has some great gifts this time of year – one less stop!
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Take Me-Time.
It’s okay to be “unproductive”. Let the errands and laundry wait and take some time for yourself. I like to curl up on the couch with a mug of tea and a book after I put my littlest guy down for a nap. It’s a great time for a quick rest – if I try this at night I’m likely to fall asleep.

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One of the other things I really love doing is taking care of my skin. Since my kids always seem to know when I need some time to myself, I’m doing something a little special for them for the holidays. I put together a basket of special Christmas movies – all I need to do to get some time for myself is to let them choose something to watch. If I’m lucky, they’ll choose something that’s longer than 30 minutes! Throw in some special snacks and I’m on my way to Me-Time!

Put out a basket of kids movies - it's holiday self care for the family #HolidayGlow AD

I decided to make my Me-Time a little easier on myself. I have ZERO space in my bathroom so far too often my skin care products get lost in the shuffle. I had a cute little basket that was the perfect size for some of my essentials – something that was pretty enough I to keep on my dresser but also small enough to take in the bathroom too. I added some washcloths and one of my LED candles for a shower by candlelight. It was perfect! Me-Time is much less stressful when everything I need to take care of my skin is all in once place.


Put together a holiday self care basket, including Olay products. #HolidayGlow ADWhat holiday self care tips do you have to share? What would you pick up at Costco to help?

About Kerri Jablonski

Kerri Jablonski AKA The Maven lives in Seattle,WA with her 3 kids (2008, 2010, 2013), husband, cats and backyard chickens. Two of her children have special needs. Kerri enjoys cooking, travel, movies and spending time with her family.


  1. Great self care tips. We often forget to take care of ourselves during the very busy holidays and saying NO is so important sometimes. Also, as a busy mom, I agree taking time for a nice shower and focusing a bit of time to care of my skin is such a treat. #client

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