7 Self-Care Tips to Get through the Holidays

7 Self-Care Tips to Get through the Holidays

There’s no doubt about it—the holidays can get hectic. Slow down and enjoy some self-care this holiday season to keep that frazzled feeling to a minimum. You might even find some new winter traditions to enjoy every year. Here are seven of our favorite ways to treat yourself:

Decorate with Cozy Touches

Your home environment can be a part of self-care, especially when you add amenities throughout. Toss throw blankets on sofas and chairs, and you can drape one at the foot of your bed. There are faux-fur and Sherpa throws and pillows for a coordinated cold-weather look.

Christmas decorations can also be a nice addition during the holidays. When it’s dark and cold outside, even simple decor such as a garland and set of string lights can impart festive cheer. If you have a fireplace—traditional or electric—now’s the time to enjoy it. Cozy up in a recliner with your favorite book and watch the flames dance.

Update Your Bed with Flannel Sheets

There’s nothing wrong with cotton sheets. In fact, we love organic cotton and Supima cotton sheets during most of the year. However, winter calls for a warmer, cozier fabric—like flannel. Swap your summer sheets for a set of flannel sheets in a festive color or print, whether you prefer snowflakes, buffalo check or another motif.

Flannel isn’t just for duvets and sheets either. Flannel shirts are a winter essential for men, women and kids that you can wear with jeans or leggings, and they layer beautifully under sweaters or over T-shirts.

Stock Your Bath with Luxe Towels

Another way to practice self-care is with a warm shower or bath using your favorite products. Afterwards, wrap up in a thick Turkish cotton towel. This type of cotton is ultra-absorbent and fast-drying, yet it’s also thick and soft. You can find towel sets with washcloths and hand towels, which also make foolproof holiday gifts that everyone can use. If you’re looking for gifts $50 and under, a bath towel set or even monogrammed towels may fit the bill.

Some towel sets may be less or more, depending on what you choose. There are luxurious bath towels in many solid colors and some prints. If you’re not sure what color towels to choose or want a spa-inspired look, opt for white. You can arrange your towels in seagrass baskets for an elegant presentation.

Add Soothing Illumination

Lighting can also make a difference when it comes to your self-care efforts. Swap harsh overhead lighting for a table lamp with a linen shade for softly diffused light. Or light a scented candle in your favorite fragrance and place it on the mantel or side table. There are flameless candles that provide the same ambiance without any fire involved, along with reed diffusers for infusing your space with scent.

Suit Up in Comfy Loungewear

What you wear can also be an act of self-care. Whether you go casual for holiday celebrations or dress up, spend some time in women’s loungewear during the festive season. There are women’s sweatshirts and sweatpants in fleece and French terry and some styles have Sherpa lining. Slip into women’s yoga pants for an at-home stretch session or wear your favorite flannel pajama pants and a T-shirt for a day spent relaxing at home.

There’s cozy loungewear for everyone in your family, too. Men’s sweatpants and sweatshirts offer the same comfy features, such as toasty warmth and a super-soft texture. There are also kids’ sweats and pajamas perfect for relaxing at home during winter break.

Wrap Up in a Flannel Robe

Treat yourself every morning by wrapping up in a warm flannel robe. There are women’s flannel robes in different lengths and styles, and some of them have Sherpa lining. You’ll find hooded styles and robes with pockets, along with matching PJ-and-robe sets from which to choose. There are slippers that pair perfectly with flannel robes, and they come in various styles including slides and booties.

There are also kids’ and men’s flannel robes that make great gifts. Consider outfitting your crew in matching family pajamas for a self-care night everyone can enjoy. In addition to the comfort factor, matching PJs are also super-cute for Christmas pictures or even your annual photo card.

Binge-Watch Your Holiday Faves

Another way to treat yourself to some self-care this season is by relaxing with your favorite entertainment. If you’ve got a show you love or some favorite holiday movies, spend an afternoon in front of the TV in your comfy sweats. A binge-watching session or even just a family movie night can be a fun activity everyone can do together.

These are just some of the self-care ideas to consider this holiday season. Everyone has their own idea of what it means to treat yourself, so think of your favorite things and work them into your days whenever possible.


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