25 days of Christmas self-care ideas

25 days of christmas self-care

Are you ready to sprinkle a bit of self-care magic into this festive season?

Many of us have such high expectations for Christmas and trying to meet these high expectations can lead to frazzled nerves and high stress.

Because let’s face it, amidst the flurry of tinsel and gift-wrapping, holiday parties, travel, and ensuring your family’s Christmas spirit stays high and you dont disappoint, you can feel stretched thin and frazzled.

While the Christmas season is the most wonderful time of the year, a lot of that magic requires our time and energy, especially as moms. And between gift shopping

and doing all the things, it is easy to get stressed out.

You may feel a lot of anxiety even discontent if you dont take time to rest and recharge.

That is why we really should infuse our Christmas magic with some fun Christmas self-care and fun activities to avoid getting overwhelmed with all the Christmas to-dos.

Schedule your self-care and you will enjoy Christmas so much more.

Taking a moment to pamper yourself with a little self-care is a great way to care for your mental health during December when the to-do list can sometimes feel pretty overwhelming.

These 25 days of Christmas self-care ideas are meant to help you take a few moments each day to give you a bit of rest and nurturing you surely need.

Now, are you ready to sleigh the holidays with a dash of self-love?

Let’s dive into this list of 25 days of Christmas self-care.

Why you should have 25 days of Christmas self-care

25 days of christmas self -care

Taking on 25 days of Christmas self-care is like giving yourself a month-long gift of joy and well-being.

First off, it’s a game-changer for your mental health.

Amidst the holiday hustle, those moments of relaxation and mindfulness become your escape from the holiday stress.

They help dial down the stress and keep those overwhelming feelings at bay. Picture it: a daily dose of calm amidst the festive chaos.

It’s not just about surviving the holidays; it’s about thriving in them.

Engaging in self-care rituals for 25 days straight infuses your days with positivity.

You’re setting a tone of self-love and appreciation. It’s like having a mini celebration every day – and who doesn’t want that during the most wonderful time of the year?

Moreover, these self-care ideas create a beautiful ripple effect. When you’re recharged and centered, you bring that energy to everything else – your interactions, your celebrations, and your relationships.

You become the holiday cheer ambassador, radiating joy and warmth to everyone around you.

Let’s not forget the long-term benefits. Cultivating habits of self-care during this season plants seeds for the future.

You’re nurturing a mindset that values your well-being, not just during the holidays, but year-round.

It’s like gifting yourself the tools to tackle everyday challenges with a renewed sense of resilience and balance.

In a nutshell, those 25 days of self-care are like sprinkling a little bit of magic into each day.

They’re about carving out moments for yourself amidst the festivities, embracing the season with a smile, and nurturing a spirit that lasts well beyond the holidays.

25 days of Christmas self-care

25 days of christmas self-care

Here is your self-care advent calendar for 25 days of Christmas self-care to boost your mental health during the holidays.

Day 1. Decorate your house for Christmas

Decorating your space for the holidays can be therapeutic.

It’s not just about hanging ornaments and decorating the Christmas tree; it’s a chance to create an environment that makes you feel cozy and festive.

Take your time, play your favorite tunes, and relish every moment.

The act of arranging and beautifying your space can bring a sense of accomplishment and joy, uplifting your spirits.  Put on some soothing music, sip hot cocoa, and take your time to make your surroundings cozy.

This is one element of self-care everyone can enjoy.

Decorate the tree. Sit back and enjoy the twinkling lights and your now pretty and festive house.

During this time of the year with cold weather and dark days, a festive house sure does lift the spirit and is a great way to practice holiday self-care.

Day 2. Enjoy a hot beverage

Sipping on a warm drink like a decadent hot cocoa, a cup of tea herbal tea, or mulled wine is like a hug from the inside. It’s comforting, and cozy, and adds an extra touch of warmth to the holiday season.

Are you feeling the bite of that cold? I know I am. And what better way to keep warm than with some hot chocolate? I like mine with lots of milk.

If you don’t mind the excess sweetness, add some marshmallows on top. Yum. Relax and enjoy. I told you these 25 Days of Christmas are going to be full of wholesome fun and bliss.

Day 3. Find a fun Christmas-themed novel to read.

Curling up with a fun Christmas story during the holidays can transport you to a world of magic and wonder. It’s a delightful escape and a great way to unwind and practice Christmas self-care.

In the spirit of Christmas fun light reading is a fun way to practice self-care. Leave your life for a while and enjoy the character’s journey and their Christmas programs, mishaps, and celebrations.

This can be so much fun. You will either be nodding along thinking how crazy is their life. Enjoy a moment away from your own Christmas stresses.

Need some ideas? Here are a few I love:

 

Day 4.  Watch a Christmas movie marathon

There’s something magical about snuggling up with blankets, sipping hot cocoa, and immersing yourself in holiday movies. It’s a chance to unwind, laugh, and revel in the festive spirit without any pressure.

Plus, it’s the perfect excuse for a day of pure relaxation!

Snuggle up with blankets and have a great time binge-watching your favorite festive films.

Today is your day to relax and kick back with a movie marathon. Have a Hallmark marathon or Lifetime movies or Netflix.

It is whatever movies make you feel good. It doesn’t have to be the whole day.

You can dedicate an evening to your movie marathon.

Christmas time is the perfect time to indulge in some fun movies.   Get on your favorite network. I go to Netflix and just binge on Christmas movies.  You can drink a glass of wine but don’t go overboard. It just makes movie-watching so much more fun.

Relax and unwind from the exercise of wondering what gift to get the people in your life who already have everything they need. Time to just be.

Day 5.  Have a spa day at home

Ah, the bliss of a spa day at home! Indulge in a luxurious bubble bath, put on a face mask, and pamper yourself with some TLC. It’s a fantastic way to recharge and show yourself some love amidst the holiday rush.

Here are some ideas:

Create an ambiance: Dim the lights, light scented candles, and play calming music to set the mood.

DIY facials: Make your face masks using natural ingredients like honey, yogurt, or avocado for a nourishing treat for your skin.

Relaxing bath: Add some essential oils or bath salts to your tub for a luxurious soak. Consider using a bath bomb for extra relaxation.

Pamper your hands and feet: Soak your feet in warm water and give yourself a pedicure. Treat your hands to a moisturizing treatment with hand creams and nail care.

Day 6.  Make some hearty healthy comfort foods

Cook a holiday meal: Prepare your favorite festive dishes or try out new recipes that bring warmth and joy.

Baking session: Spend time in the kitchen baking cookies, pies, or bread. The aroma of freshly baked goods can be incredibly comforting.

Try a new healthy recipe because the holiday weight gain is for real. 

 

Slow-cooked meals: Use a slow cooker to make comforting stews, soups, or roasts that simmer all day, filling your home with delightful smells.

See these healthy Winter soups and stews for ideas. 

Day 7. Have a cozy day in

This is the best time of the year to stay in whenever you can.

Wrap up in blankets: Build a nest of blankets and pillows on your couch or bed for ultimate coziness.

Read or watch movies: Dive into a good book or binge-watch your favorite TV series or movies.

Hot beverages: Sip on hot cocoa, herbal teas, or mulled wine while you relax.

Journaling or reflection: Use this time to journal your thoughts, emotions, or goals for the upcoming year.

Day 8.  Make a holiday playlist

Curating a playlist filled with your favorite holiday tunes is a mood booster. Music has the power to evoke emotions and create a festive atmosphere wherever you go.

  • Create themed playlists: Curate playlists for different moods – a cozy instrumental one for relaxation, an upbeat one for holiday cheer, or a calming one for winding down.
  • Include classics and new favorites: Add traditional holiday tunes along with modern versions or new releases that resonate with you.
  • Share with others: Share your playlist with friends and family to spread the festive spirit.

Day 9. Do a Christmas activity

There are so many Christmas activities to choose from for a truly merry Christmas time.

Having a fun Christmas activity is the perfect way to enjoy the season in a fun way.

Enjoy some family time with fun activities or games. You could:

Decorate gingerbread houses: Spend time crafting and decorating gingerbread houses with colorful candies and icing.

DIY ornaments: Make homemade ornaments using items like pinecones, popsicle sticks, or salt dough for a personal touch on your tree.

Holiday-themed puzzles or games: Engage in puzzles or games with a Christmas theme, alone or with family and friends.

Day 10  Start a new nighttime routine

This is a very busy time and the evening time should be your time to slow down.

Starting a self-care routine is a great way to ease stress invite rest at the end of the day and boost energy levels for the next day.

Your most important asset during the holidays is your energy level.  A good self-care night routine will help you have enough sleep every night so you have the energy to tackle the holiday to-do list.

Day 11. Create  gratitude jar

This is like capturing bits of happiness in a jar! Throughout the season, jot down things you’re grateful for—a warm hug, a beautiful sunset, or a thoughtful gesture.

By the end of the year, you’ll have a jar full of heartfelt moments to reflect on, reminding you of the goodness in life.

Start a jar where you jot down things you’re thankful for throughout the holiday season. Reflect on them at the end of the year.

Practicing gratitude is not just for November. A gratitude practice is a great way to invite a feeling of contentedness and abundance in your life.

It does your mind and soul some good to look at your life and marvel at how blessed you are.

And when you read the notes in your jar next year you will feel even more amazed fill your soul with joy and invite inner peace

You can also start a gratitude journal.

Writing down things you’re grateful for each day during the holiday season helps shift your focus to the positive aspects of life.

It cultivates a mindset of gratitude and appreciation.

Day 12. Reflect on the last year 

Spending time reviewing the year’s achievements, challenges, and lessons learned is a valuable way to gain perspective and prepare for a fresh start.

Day 13. Take a nature walk

It is easy to want to spend a lot of time indoors given the weather but fresh air will do you good.

Braving the cold for a nature walk might seem counterintuitive, but it’s surprisingly refreshing! Bundle up, step outside, and soak in the beauty of the season. The

crisp air and serene surroundings can clear your mind and boost your mood.

Enjoy the seasonal sights and sounds. You can take the day and go off for a walk in the park or even a hike if possible.

This a great way to get some exercise and improve your physical health as well as mental health.

A brisk walk in the cold weather is so refreshing.  It’s so relaxing to be in nature this time of year. Or take a long walk in your neighborhood or other neighborhoods to enjoy all the Christmas lights.

Day 14. Reach or to friends and family

It is easy to get caught up in all the busyness of the season and neglect your vital relationships. But Christmas can be hard sometimes. Reach out and check on your family and friends.

It will boost your emotional well-being as well as theirs as long as they are people you have good relationships with.

Is there a family member you haven’t talked to in a while? Reach out to them.

Call an old friend and catch up. It feels so good to have good deep conversations with an old friend or a close family member and is a good way to keep those connections alive.

We all need healthy connections.

 

Day 15. Do a random act of kindness

The holidays are all about spreading cheer, and what better way than doing something kind for someone else? It could be as simple as sending a heartfelt message, helping a neighbor, or donating to a local charity. The joy of giving can be immensely rewarding.

Day 16. Unplug for a day

In a world buzzing with notifications, a day off from technology can work wonders. Spend quality time with loved ones, engage in hobbies, read a book, or simply enjoy the tranquility of being present in the moment.

It is so freeing not to be tethered to technology. We have forgotten how to be present due to constantly looking at our phones.

Taking a break from social media and screens can offer mental clarity and help you reconnect with yourself and loved ones, fostering meaningful connections.

Day 17. Practice deep breathing or meditation

Amidst the holiday rush, taking a few moments for deep breathing or meditation can anchor you. It’s a way to pause, center yourself, and ease any stress or tension, allowing you to navigate the season with a calmer mind.

Day 18. Make DIY holiday crafts

Getting crafty can be incredibly therapeutic. Whether it’s crafting ornaments, making handmade cards, or creating wreaths, the process itself is soothing and allows for self-expression.

Day 19. Bake Christmas cookies

The aroma of freshly baked cookies or pies wafting through the house is pure comfort. Baking not only produces delicious treats but also brings joy and satisfaction in creating something delightful.

Nothing says Christmas like a holiday treat you have made at home. You can share and give them as gifts to your neighbors or simply enjoy with your family.

 

Day 20. Write a letter to yourself

Reflecting on the year and penning down your thoughts and aspirations for the future is a beautiful way to acknowledge personal growth and set intentions for the upcoming year.

This is a great day to capture your wins for the year as well as areas you have struggled in. This is a great way also to stop and appreciate that you have tried and done great even while you may still have room for growth. It’s an opportunity to be kind to yourself.

Day 21. Practice mindfulness while wrapping gifts

Instead of rushing through wrapping presents, take your time. Mindful wrapping can turn a chore into a calming activity. Enjoy the process, put on some holiday music, and let your creativity flow.

Day 22. Volunteer

Giving back to the community during the holidays can be incredibly fulfilling. Whether it’s serving at a soup kitchen, participating in a charity drive, or helping a neighbor, it spreads joy and fosters a sense of connectedness. Invite a friend or go volunteer as a family. Contribute to a food bank.

Day 23. Have a solo dance party

Turn up the holiday tunes and dance like nobody’s watching! It’s a fantastic way to lift your spirits, release endorphins, and simply have fun. Play your favorite Christmas music and enjoy your dance party. I love Donny Hathaway’s “This Christmas”, or “Mariah Carey’s All I Want for Christmas is You”

It doesn’t have to be solo either. Dance with your spouse or children and embrace the spirit of the season with fun music.

Day 24. Treat yourself

Go out and treat yourself to a delicious cup of coffee. Order the most decadent coffee you can or your favorite coffee shop drink. You have worked hard to get all things Christmas done and you deserve this moment of pure coffee bliss.

Or you can just go out and buy a gift for yourself as a final touch for all the shopping you have done for everyone. A beautiful soft scarf perhaps or a warm soft sweater. Go for it.

Day 25 Spread the love

Say it out loud and tell your spouse you love them. Say I love you to your children. Call family and friends and let them know you love them on this special day of utmost God’s love. And remember count all the way you love yourself too.

You are phenomenal. Remember that and say I love you to yourself as well.

 

conclusion

Taking better care of yourself is important, especially during the month of December.  I hope you will take the time to enjoy these 25 days of Christmas self-care.

Each of these activities is like a little gift to yourself, offering moments of joy, relaxation, and self-reflection during a time that can sometimes feel overwhelming. Embracing these practices can help you navigate the holiday season with a greater sense of balance and enjoyment.

Taking the 25 days of Christmas self-care is a fun way to keep your spirit high amid the bustle of the season to avoid feeling stressed and enjoy the season.

Get your whole family on board and show them how much more fun it can be when you all take time to decompress while embracing the Christmas spirit.

These days of self-care may be the best perfect gift you give yourself.

During the festivities, it is important to have some pockets of quiet time. Of course, you can change and incorporate your favorite things to do around Christmas in your self-care ideas.  Now go forth and enjoy some Christmas-time self-care.

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25 days of Christmas self -care

25 days of christmas self care