The holiday season can be a wonderful time of year, full of joy, cheer, and time spent with loved ones. However, it can also be a time of stress, anxiety, and overwhelm. With the pressures of gift-giving, party planning, and holiday travel, it’s no wonder that many people find themselves feeling stressed and exhausted during this time of year.

But it doesn’t have to be that way. By taking a few simple steps to de-stress and take care of yourself during the holidays, you can enjoy the season to its fullest. In this blog post, we’ll be sharing five ways to de-stress over the holidays in 2023. From self-care practices to mindfulness techniques, these tips are designed to help you stay calm, centered, and grounded throughout the holiday season. So if you’re looking for ways to reduce stress and increase your holiday cheer, read on for some helpful tips and tricks.

When you’re feeling drained after a long day of shopping: Take a bath

Even if you only have five free minutes to soak, use them. A warm bath loaded up with epsom salts or your favorite essential oils (or both! #treatyoself) is one of the most relaxing things you can do for yourself. Light a candle, ditch your phone, and let your muscles relax. You’ll feel pretty much like a superhero when you’re done.

When you just need to see a friendly face: Connect with friends

Friendships are the only relationships in life that are completely voluntary and because of that, these are the ones we tend to neglect when we’re feeling pressed for time (or sanity). But amount of scientific evidence correlating supportive friendships with longer, happier lives and increased resilience is astounding. Rather than view spending time with friends a luxury, consider it mandatory. And if you only have 20-30 minutes to spare, embrace that: call up your best friend or make a quick detour on your way elsewhere for a quick hug and chat session.