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14 Holiday Self Care Tips & Bucket List Challenge + Checklist!


We’re all wearing many hats and juggling lots of responsibilities. It’s in our nature to want to continue to grind and get more and more done. However, we also need to take the time to nurture our physical, mental, and emotional health. This is never more true than during the holiday season.

With holidays of all sorts upon us, it’s an exciting time of year! And while it can be a time for joy, celebration, family, and fun, the holidays can also be very stressful, overwhelming, and isolating.

So whether you’re on Santa’s nice or naughty list for self-care this year, here are 14 holiday self care tips to help you get the most out of the season, so you can start the new year fresh and recharged. 

How many will you do this holiday season? Use the checklist at the bottom of the page to complete the Bucket List Challenge!

14 Holiday Self Care Tips:

Say no to commitment overload

Holiday self-care means being honest with yourself, your time, and your commitments.

This time of year is a wonderful opportunity to connect with people, but you have to ask yourself just how much you can commit to.

The holidays are a busy time for everyone. But they should also be enjoyable! Being selective with how you spend your time is an act of self-care.

Get cozy with a pyjama day

Pyjama days are a great form of self-care, and let’s be real – they’re just plain fun!

Embrace your inner child and stay in your PJs ALL DAY LONG. Be lazy, lounge, and take time to relax & recharge.

Extra bonus points if they are holiday-themed PJs!

Set boundaries as needed

Setting boundaries can be very complicated and uncomfortable, especially during the holidays.

As an act of self-care, consider making a list of all the boundaries you need to set, with whom you need to set them, and how you will do it over the holiday season, then practice!

Get out and look at the lights

It is a beautiful time of year with all the holiday decorations up. Grab some hot chocolate and take a walk around the neighbourhood or city to soak it all in. Getting outside in the fresh air will feel not only feel rejuvenating, but it will relieve stress and provide mental clarity, making it one of our top holiday self care tips.

Bonus points for singing carols at the top of your lungs! 🎄

Practice gratitude

If you begin to feel overwhelmed from the stress of the holidays, focus on finding three things you are grateful for in that moment.

When you cultivate a practice of gratitude it can enhance your happiness, improve your sleep, boost positivity, support physical and mental health, better relationships, and help with stress.

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Do some holiday baking

Do some festive baking! Baking can be super relaxing and take your mind off holiday stress. Plus, you get to enjoy and some holiday deliciousness! Be sure to share for an extra positivity boost.

There are billions of recipes to choose from, but we recommend these 2 Ingredient Holiday Cookies by BLCC Co-Founder Sarah Mae:

Be present

The holidays are often a whirlwind of activity and can leave us feeling like Dorothy being dropped in Oz come January when it’s all over.

Practice being present. Put your phone away (we promise the text and emails can wait) and focus on being truly in the moment.

One way to do this is with a quick Power Pause, as discussed by BLCC Coach Josephine Tremblay here:

Another is to practice Mindfulness-Based Stress Reduction, as discussed by BLCC Coach Eric Johnson here:

Have a holiday movie night

Nothing beats cozying up on the couch in holiday jammies and watching holiday classics. There are so many to choose from! So here’s a giant list of the 80 best Christmas movies of all time. You’re welcome!

Complete a random act of kindness

It can be something as simple as shovelling the snow for a neighbour or buying someone else’s coffee in line.

If you can, call up a local shelter and ask what donations they could use. These are usually items such as warm clothes, blankets, food, toiletries, and toys. You can also ask if they need any volunteers.

T’is the season of giving after all!

Make some hot cocao & get lost in a book

We love getting lost in some good (non-personal development) books over the holidays. They help us disconnect, relieve stress, and give us a sense of belonging with the characters. Paired with a delicious cup of hot cocoa and some cozy socks and you’ve got yourself a real treat!

Here are some books our co-founders recommend:

Sarah Mae: The Nexus Triligy – By Ramez Naam

Stephanie Nelb: Push: A Climber’s Search for the Path – By Tommy Caldwell

Melissa Byone: Untamed – By Glennon Doyle

Move your body

Working out floods your body with endorphins, so staying active during the holidays will put you in a better mood. This will lead to a more positive and empowered mental state to handle any stress or challenges that may come your way.

You could go for a walk, take a virtual pilates class, or hit the gym.

Stretching I also a great way to move your body and it has many benefits that are great for your mental health – stress relief, increased endorphins, reduced tension, and improved mental focus… and it just feels good!

Plan an outdoor activity

Outdoor activity is the ultimate de-stressor, so head outside for some winter fun! Forest bathing, snowshoeing, skiing, ice skating, sledding, building a snow sculpture, or visiting some hot springs are some super fun activities to get outside and do this time of the year!

If you happen to live somewhere that’s warm this time of year, get out there and enjoy it for the rest of us! ☃️

Stay hydrated

What does this have to do with the holidays? During winter the air is dryer, which leads to dehydration. Yet, when it’s cold you’re less likely to notice that you’re dehydrated! This is why it’s so important to stay on top of it and be proactive when it comes to hydration.

Some tips for staying hydrated: track your water intake, use a clear bottle so you can see how much you’ve had, set an alarm for every hour, and/or add some fresh lemon!

Run a bath and listen to holiday music 🎵

Sometimes, a nice hot bubble bath is exactly what’s needed after a long day.  

Or, if you’re into something more adventurous, like BLCC co-founder Sarah Mae (pictured), try taking a cold plunge! Just make sure you have some great holiday tunes playing.

Suggested Playlist: On Spotify

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Maintain Your Peace and Enjoy the Holiday Season With These Holiday Self Care Tips

At the end of the day, remember that the holidays are meant to be enjoyed – so laugh, breathe, and allow yourself to unwind.

Happy holidays!

Love, The BLCC Team

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