25 days of Christmas self-care ideas
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
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
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:
- Sarah Morgans Snowed in For Christmas
- Jenny Hale The Christmas Letters: A heartwarming, feel-good holiday romance Paperback
- Fiona Baker The Christmas Lodge
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.