5 simple ways to find your zen this holiday season

get rid of stress during the holidays

The holidays are stressful.


Gift shopping. Present wrapping. Dinner cooking. Party hosting. Treat baking. Decorating.


This chaotic mess of festivity can make anyone fall out of a state of relaxation pretty darn quickly. While it may seem like you don’t have the time to get to a blissful, zen-like frame of mind, taking a few moments to regain your sanity will be worthwhile.

5 simple ways to find your zen this holiday season:


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How to relax this holiday season


It’s hard to clear your mind of your to-do list. Sometimes taking just a few short moments to forget about it can recharge your foggy brain so you can accomplish things more efficiently and effectively.

Need help guiding yourself into a Zen state? Check out “guided meditations” on YouTube. Put on some headphones and tune out the rest of the world for a few minutes.


No, dashing to the store or reaching for the roll of wrapping paper doesn’t count. Take advantage of the snow and put on those snowshoes. Bundle up and go for a walk. Throw on an exercise video (and a spandex body suit, obviously) and do a workout in the livingroom. Release all of that extra holiday stress and burn off those extra cookie calories. Your body and mind will thank you.


Healthy food and lots water.

Rum and eggnog is barely dairy. Cookies are not a food group (although they should be).

Christmas treats are inevitable. Don’t add extra stress to yourself by avoiding them, but make sure you are fuelling your body with that veggie plate that’s been put out. Drink lots of water. Don’t fill up on only sugary treats. A sugar crash is not going to contribute to your productivity.

Take “You” time.

There’s a lot of time put into doing things for others over the holiday season, and that’s SUPER rad. However, you’re going to start running on empty if you forget about yourself. Keep up with your journal. Take a long bath. Enjoy your coffee in front of the fireplace. Do whatever it is that brings you to your zen. Don’t forget to take care of you.

Slow down.

This is supposed to be a time to enjoy. Before you spend time and energy on anything, really consider if it’s going to be worth your while. If you’re feeling the fatigue set in ask yourself if putting up decorations in each bedroom (on top of the rest of the house you’ve already done) is going to benefit everyone. If the answer is no, forget about it. Put that energy into doing other things you may enjoy more, like hiding your kid’s Elf on the Shelf* that you currently love and hate .

(*This reference to Elf on the Shelf was my kind way of reminding you that you need to do that still. Go on. I’ll wait here until you get back. Need ideas? Click here for my resource of ideas.)


It’s easy to get caught up in the things we need to get done, but try not to forget to enjoy this time of the year. Taking the time to regain your feelings of zen during the holiday season will make it so much more enjoyable for you and those around you. You’ll have and be more fun, and won’t lose your spot on Santa’s “Good list”.



  1. Lacey

    I need to follow all of these tips. I especially need to exercise more and drink more water. That is like 80 percent of my problem. lol As soon as the weather turns the slightest bit chilly I get super nervous about going outside for walks with my kiddo, which is our main source of exercise, but I really should get out and about before it becomes super super super cold.

    1. Samantha Palmer (Post author)

      I do exercise videos when it’s super cold, and get the kiddos to join:)

  2. Amanda

    My favorite is to meditate, a brief moment with myself to get my head back on right. I still need to try to slow down alot, going to work on that!

    1. Samantha Palmer (Post author)

      It’s hard when there’s so much to do…but it always makes me feel better!

  3. Stacy- Taylor411

    These are great tips! You know I always say I’m going to take some me time, but I always end up working online when I get that time. Maybe I need to exercise instead!

    1. Samantha Palmer (Post author)

      I bought an exercise bike used for $100. I ride it while doing stuff on my phone! Win-win!

  4. Stefani @ Crafty Christian

    Great tips! I try to follow all of these year round. But I do love the egg nog, rum and cookies this time of year 😉

    1. Samantha Palmer (Post author)

      They are a must!

  5. Elizabeth Doren

    I really wish drink a glass (bottle) of wine was an option. Your list is much better for actual zen than my plan for temporary peace.

    1. Samantha Palmer (Post author)

      Deep breathing helps with temporary peace:)

  6. Holly

    Yes to all of this. I really need to drink more water.

    1. Samantha Palmer (Post author)

      Me too! It can actually be challenging!

  7. Laura Roth

    Whoa. Are you talking directly to me here? Because I lost my zen a few weeks ago. Thanks for the reminder!

    1. Samantha Palmer (Post author)

      Hopefully you get it back quickly:)

  8. Jaclyn Bree

    Your tip to exercise sounds (surprisingly) REALLY nice. Must be the pregnancy hormones haha Or maybe just the spandex is too good to pass up. It’s a great list and I really like how you don’t say to avoid all the Christmas goodies, but just to eat healthy at the same time. I try my best to do that (I admit I overdo it on the eggnog . . .) and I find that it cancels out any guilt from eating too many sweets!

    1. Samantha Palmer (Post author)

      Spandex is the best:) It’s hard to avoid goodies all around, but evening it out, like you say, is wise!

  9. Georgiana

    Slowing down and taking me time sounds so wonderful! We really are supposed to enjoy the season, and I think we so often forget to really take that time. At least I do until I force myself to purposefully pause.

    1. Samantha Palmer (Post author)

      For sure! I hope you get some time to relax:)

  10. Raquel Harbin

    Yes to all of these, especially water and slowing down. These are things I’m guilty of not doing, but when I do it makes all the difference.

    1. Samantha Palmer (Post author)

      It sure does! Take care of yourself!

    2. Samantha Palmer (Post author)

      It sure does! Take care of yourself!

  11. Amanda

    Thank you for this! The holidays can be so stressful!

    1. Samantha Palmer (Post author)

      I hope you get some time to relax!

  12. Julie

    “You” time, so hard to relax and allow ourselves to do it though. SOOO important. Great list.

    1. Samantha Palmer (Post author)

      It’s so worth it when we do, though:)

  13. Shann Eva

    Yes, yes, yes! I’ve been trying to stress less this holiday season. Every year my stress level goes up, and this year I’m determined not to let it. Great tips!

    1. Samantha Palmer (Post author)

      I hope you have a peaceful holiday:)

  14. Samantha Broyles

    Slowing down is so hard to do at this time of year! I am trying and it helps that my littles make me slow down and see the snow.

    1. Samantha Palmer (Post author)

      Yes! They force you to stop stressing a bit, for sure!

  15. Tiffany | shortsweetmom

    These are great tips! I love that you presented them in a fun and humorous way.

    1. Samantha Palmer (Post author)

      Thank you!

  16. Candace @ Fullest Mom

    Definitely a fan of the slow down method. Sometimes the holidays can get hectic.

    1. Samantha Palmer (Post author)

      They sure can! I like relaxing, not stressing!

  17. Camilla

    I love all of these & honestly they’re great for all year round!

    1. Samantha Palmer (Post author)

      Yes, for sure!

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