How to Preserve Your Sanity this Holiday Season | Seersucker Sass

Tuesday, December 15, 2015

How to Preserve Your Sanity this Holiday Season

Last week was so chaotic that my theme song was "Living on a Prayer" because I was living off of holiday hors d'oeuvres and very little sleep.  Despite the craziness, I stayed (mostly) sane by sneaking some time for myself.  Here's how I did it!

how to preserve your sanity this holiday season

Light a candle.  I don't know about y'all, but just the presence of a lit candle helps me to relax.  I stocked up at the last Bath & Body Works sale, and I have them stashed everywhere. 

Soak in a bath.  Light your relaxing candle in your bathroom, and soak in the tub for a bit.  Whether you enjoy a few moments of silence, play some relaxing music, or use it as an opportunity to deep condition your hair, you'll emerge feeling more relaxed and less tense.

Watch a cheesy Christmas movie while wrapping Christmas gifts.  If you have to do things to prepare for the holidays, why not enjoy a Hallmark Christmas movie while doing so or get caught up on a couple of episodes of your favorite show on Netflix?  Before I moved out on my own, my mom and I would stay up late on Christmas Eve wrapping gifts, and I would always watch the Batman marathon.  I didn't love wrapping gifts, but I do love Batman movies, so it made it a million times more enjoyable!

how to preserve your sanity this holiday season
Read.  Reading is the perfect distraction from chaos.  I have a subscription to Readly, which allows me to read just about any magazine that's out there, even back issues and international versions of fashion magazines.  (Seriously my favorite part of my subscription, because those babies are expensive if you buy a hard copy!)  You can read it from your desktop or download the app, so you can relax no matter where you are.

Enjoy a hot beverage.  This is my trick for relaxing at work or after a long day of holiday shenanigans.  Whenever I need a second to myself, I make a cup of tea and allow drinking it to be my focus.  I know that sounds crazy and crunchy, but think about it.  Most mornings, we slurp as much coffee as possible while on our commute or sorting through emails at our desk.  We don't take time to enjoy it.  I drink my green tea, take a few deep breaths, and enjoy the warmth of the mug before diving back into writing copy.

Say no.  You can't do it all... and you don't have to!  If I went to everything I was invited/expected to attend, I would be triple booked most nights.  For me, saying no means I'm going to one thing every day after work and not bothering with event hopping.  For others, it may be going to two events each week leading up to Christmas, or just saying no to it all!  Do what's best for you and makes you the happiest... your sanity will thank you ;)


What is your number one tip for preserving your sanity over the holidays?  I'd love to hear it!




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16 comments:

  1. I really needed this, especially since I am right in the middle of finals!
    Thanks for sharing!

    xoxo
    Amy | Pastelnpink.blogspot.com

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  2. A hot bath is my favorite way to de-stress. I am such q nightly bath girl, reading in the bath is my favorite! Readly seems like an awesome service, I love magazines and it sounds like a perfect way to get my fix and save some money!

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  3. Candles, baths, and reading are my sanity this time of year. I am hoping to pick up some LUSH bath bombs soon so I can really relax.

    xoxo, Jenny || Breakfast at Lillys

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  4. Christmas movie + hot cocoa + wrapping christmas presents is my kind of December night! I've been taking advantage of hot cocoa this season -- should probably take a step back, but it's just too good haha!

    x Sarah
    http://www.bohochiccafe.com

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  5. I definitely needed this! I love lighting a good candle!

    Lauren | The Arizona Prepster

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  6. I love this and thank you for the reminded! I actually did most of these today 😊

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  7. Candles and tea are my favorite ways to destress. And yes to watching Christmas movies, it makes me so happy!

    Jadoregrace

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  8. You're spot on! I love a good candle and long soak in a bath when I'm stressed out. I try to do too much around the holidays, but it's hard to say no!

    Nicole // Chronicling Home

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  9. Love this especially with finals time!
    www.kayleighskloset.com

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  10. I love the cheesy Hallmark Christmas movies. Honestly they put me in such a better mood ☺️

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  11. I love your tips. My favorite candle is the peppermint bark one from Yankee Candle. It soothes me and seems to give me a little extra energy from the crisp scent filling my home.

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  12. I definitely think watching a Christmas movie (like Elf!!) helps! And I love candles; they are so soothing!

    xo
    Lauren

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  13. Oh I love watching Christmas movies while wrapping!

    -Morgan
    How 2 Wear It [] http://how2wearit.com

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  14. Candles are my FAVORITE!!! It really is the best calming thing.

    xo
    Sara Kate Styling

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  15. What a great list! I love that you included taking a hot bubble bath, that's definitely one of my favourite ways to relax!

    Jennifer Ashley
    www.prettylittledetails.ca

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  16. These are all great ideas to relax! I watch a lot of cheesy Christmas movies during this time of year. They make me so happy! I also drink lots and lots of hot cocoa.

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