List of Holiday Self-care Ideas

INSIDE : Self care during the holidays can look like treating yourself or getting a little pampering, but it also can look like spending time doing fun and joyful activities with and for others. Check out my list of Holiday Self-care ideas.

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This post has been updated since it’s original publish date of December 2021.

A few years ago, I wrote a blog post about actively slowing down as the holiday season approaches. Typically we all get about 100x more busy with parties to attend and cookies to bake and advent calendar activities to accomplish with our children.

I have found entering into November if I can set a plan for the next few months… my sanity levels are so much better. And I can help to set a calm enjoyable tone for my family.

Another key part of slowing down for the holidays is taking care of yourself. I never do this quite as well as I should, but I think it’s important during one of the busiest time of the year, that we try our best to show some self care to ourselves.

Winter Self Care Ideas

The main goal of holiday self care is less stress and more joy, so how can we do that?

Holiday Self-care ideas

For many around the country, winter typically is a fairly cold and semi-gloomy season. Many people are stuck indoors because of the temperatures so it is important to take some active steps in taking care of ourselves when the things around us many feel a little bit more challenging.

Here is a list I put together of numerous self care ideas during the holidays. These ideas include a bit of pampering self care, but also ways we can be generous with those around us. Often times thinking of others can lift our spirits in bigger ways than we imagine.

Let me know if you have any additional to add and I’ll get them on the list!

52 Holiday Self Care Ideas

The holidays can be a wonderful time, but with all the excitement, it’s easy to neglect self-care.

Self care during the holidays can look like treating yourself or getting a little pampering, but it also can look like spending time doing fun and joyful activities with and for others.

Here are some ideas to help you prioritize your well-being during this busy season…

Mind + Spirit

  • Take a few minutes each day to practice meditation or simply sit quietly and observe your thoughts and feelings through journaling.
  • Reflect on the things you’re grateful for, whether it’s your health, loved ones, or even the simple joys of the season.
  • Write down your thoughts and feelings, which can help you process stress and gain perspective.
  • Spend the afternoon in a plant shop.
  • Find a relaxing yoga class to take online.
  • Disconnect from technology for a set period each day to give your mind a break with a digital detox.
  • Do some deep breathing.
  • Take a walk outdoors.
  • Read a great book.
  • Go for a walk or hike in a park, sit by a fire, or simply gaze at the stars.
  • Declutter a space in your home.
  • Get a bird feeder.
  • Choose something that relaxes and uplifts you, audio book or music.
  • Helping others is a great way to boost your mood and connect with your community.
Holiday Self-care ideas


  • Aim for 7-8 hours of sleep each night.
  • Give yourself a manicure or pedicure.
  • Focus on fruits, vegetables, whole grains, and lean protein for fueling your body with wonderful foods.
  • Wear cozy slippers, like these.
  • Take a nice hot shower or bath.
  • Enjoy a heated blanket while watching holiday movies.
  • Drink plenty of water by staying hydrated. It helps improve your mood and energy levels.
  • Start journaling.
  • Begin a watercolor painting class online.
  • Buy a plant and tend to it weekly.
  • Bake holiday cookies.
  • Aim for at least 30 minutes of moderate-intensity exercise most days of the week.
  • Have a dance party to your favorite songs.
  • Make a mug of delicious hot cocoa.
  • Turn on your fireplace or even turn on a fireplace youtube show.
  • Buy yourself something warm and fuzzy.
  • Take a relaxing bath or shower and add essential oils or epsom salts for an extra boost.
  • Do a face mask. These Incredi-peels are my FAVE.
  • Get a massage or other spa treatment. Pamper yourself with a treat that helps you relax and de-stress.
  • Burn a festive or relaxing candle. This Lavender + Eucalyptus candle is still my FAVORITE EVER.
  • Create a cozy atmosphere at home. Light candles, put on some calming music, and curl up with a blanket and a good book.
  • Order in, instead of eating out.
  • Take a nap once in a while if you are feeling sleepy.
  • Use warm towels right out of the dryer.
Holiday Self Care ideas


  • Set boundaries and don’t be afraid to say no to commitments that will overwhelm you.
  • Spend time with loved ones by connecting with people who make you feel good.
  • Volunteer to help in your community or church.
  • Practice gratitude for your relationships. Tell your loved ones how much you appreciate them.
  • Drive around and check out holiday lights.
  • Set realistic expectations.  Don’t try to do too much.
  • Say no to gift exchanges. If you’re feeling financially strained, it is okay to opt out of gift exchanges or suggest alternative ways to celebrate.
  • Focus on experiences over gifts.  Create lasting memories by doing activities together instead of exchanging gifts.
  • Leave a small holiday treat at a neighbor’s door.
  • Send a quick holiday note to a friend.
  • Donate gently used or new items to a shelter for Christmas.
  • Check out a matinee movie.
  • Avoid comparing yourself to others. Everyone’s holidays are different. Focus on your own experience and what makes you happy.
  • Bring a meal to a new mom.

Remember, self-care is not selfish. It’s essential for managing stress, maintaining your health, and enjoying the holidays to the fullest.

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