7 Christmas Self-Care Themed Ideas For The Festive Season

As much as Christmas is a joyous and happy time, it can be an overwhelming and stressful time, especially with all the planning Christmas brings with it. As much as the holidays are about togetherness, we often forget to care for ourselves. I make Christmas about everyone else, but I fail to make the time for self-care. Christmas self-care (it does exist guys) is something that I need to practice more during the festive season. I hope I can safely say that we all agree that Christmas is a selfless time of year, we focus so much on making others happy (absolutely nothing wrong with that btw), but we forget to think about ourselves. Christmas self-care needs to be made a thing - and that's the aim of my post, to make you see that too!

A Christmas mug with 'Merry & Bright' on it.


With that in mind, here are some Christmas self-care-themed ideas for you!

1) Deck the halls

"With boughs of holly"... No, I'm not going to start singing. Anyway, decorating the house for Christmas is a form of self-care. Ok, it may bring a little stress when you're decorating the tree and others are trying to "help" you or think they know best how to adorn the fairy lights, but it can be a form of Christmas self-care. This first point may have come pretty late as the majority of people I know have had their decks up since November. 

2) Get baking!

Christmas pudding, Christmas cookies, carefully building gingerbread houses, you name it, baking at Christmas is good for the soul. I'd love to start baking some of my own Christmas cookies, unfortunately, it involves me actually trying to bake, and I don't think it's something I'd be good at doing. I could never be one of life's Mary Berry's. 

3) Listen to Christmas music

If you're not listening to Christmas music while wrapping the presents, you're doing Christmas all wrong. Even though we've heard the same classics for god knows how many Decembers in our lifetime, they never get old! So go ahead and play those Christmas songs out loud on your Alexa or in the car!

A woman holding a Christmas mug.

4) Watch Christmas films

Whether they are the cheesiest Christmas movies or the classics eg Muppet Christmas Carol (an absolute fave!), watching Christmas films is such a lovely form of Christmas self-care. I'd love to know your favourite Christmas film!

5) Visit a Christmas market

I'm all for supporting small businesses at Christmas (and all year round really) and you'll find some of the best ones at a Christmas market. Even if you don't want to buy anything, it's good to browse around the Christmas market in your town/city (if your town has one). I've visited Cardiff and Bath markets before and I really loved walking around, buying things and enjoying the festive atmos. 

6) Spend time with family & friends

Christmas is all about spending time with loved ones if possible. I know that seeing my family and friends always puts me in the best of moods at Christmas. Especially when giving presents, speaking of presents...

A woman holding a Christmas mug.

7) Giving presents

Oh, I think this is one of my favourite acts of Christmas self-care. Giving presents and being able to see their faces when they open them is such a heartwarming feeling! With presents, I like to buy the most unique kind of presents, Etsy is my go-to for Christmas presents as you can always find that perfect present for each person you buy for. 

I'd love to know what your favourite acts of Christmas self-care are! Let me know!

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  1. Such great things to do. I loved listening to Christmas music today! We've also enjoyed watching loads of Christmas films lately. Sam - Thrift Plan Enjoy

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  2. I love the holiday season for all the joy it brings me! I love the time spent with others, the music, the decorations and the memories! Lovely post!

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    1. The holiday season is such a heart-warming and joyous one isn't it?!

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  3. Watching Christmas films while wrapping presents, listening to Christmas music while cooking - it's a no brainer! x

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    1. I love to listen to Christmas music while wrapping presents Lisa, I love how you love listening to Christmas music while cooking! I can't watch Christmas movies while wrapping presents, I would get distracted all of the time! x

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  4. These are some really good suggestions. I definitely tend to move slower in the winter, as I am usually in more pain and more fatigued. So I am always mindful of practising more self care. Thank you for sharing your suggestions.

    Lauren - www.bournemouthgirl.com

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    1. Aww lovely I can't imagine how hard the colder weather must be for you right now, I hope you are practicing a lot of self-care!

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  5. I love these suggestions! My husband and I have been watching some Christmas movies and enjoying a cozy night in with some hot chocolate! I'm going to do all the things in this post as they are great.

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    1. That sounds like a cosy and lovely evening Molly! You can't beat a hot chocolate during the Christmas season!

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  6. Awesome list Lucy! Decorating and listening to music are my favorite forms of holiday self-care! Something about the cozy and colorful decor along with festive music just brightens up your mood!

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    1. Christmas d├ęcor is just the best isn't it?! Also you cannot go wrong with Christmas music!

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  7. Love this Lucy! You look so festive too. I agree with all of these, its my 2nd time decorating my own home and find it such as self accomplishment when its done. My self-care is definitely nearly a daily hot chocolate in December in the lead up :) xx

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    1. Thank you Bethany!
      I bet it's lovely decorating your own home with Christmas decks!
      You can't fault a hot chocolate during the Christmas season! xx

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  8. Love your ideas! We've been playing Christmas songs for weeks and it never fails to put a smile on my face!
    Rosie

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  9. Love these ideas. The only thing we've not done is visit a Christmas market! We keep saying we're going to go down to Leeds or York but the days keep running away from us. Eeep! X

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    1. I haven't had the chance to visit a Christmas market either Claire, life gets in the way sometimes! x

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  10. Christmas films are the best part about December! x

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  11. Love this - it's important to find joy in the little things! x

    Miriam | A Hygge Escape

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    1. It's so important to find the joy in the little things at Christmas Miriam! x

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  12. That mug is so cute! I love making the festive season about everyone else as well, and this post has made me realise that I perhaps should get a little more self care in. As it can get very overwhelming. We visited a Christmas market this year and it was so nice to take the time out and enjoy it xx

    Hannah | https://luxuryblush.co.uk/

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    1. Christmas can be an overwhelming and tiring period, so it's important to fit in the self-care if possible! xx

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  13. December is definitely a month where self-care slips for me – there's just so much happening! I've been implementing a little here and there though: Christmas lo-fi tunes while I work, a star-shaped treat in the evening, and aaallll the festive films! x

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    1. December is such a busy month for all of us isn't it? I love your Christmas self-care Michelle! x

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  14. All my favourite things! I've not been on the Christmas music as much yet this year, but I'm certainly making it up with Christmas films! And I've obviously already made cookies. Hope you're having a good holiday season so far! x

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    1. It's good that you've made up for not listening to much Christmas music by watching Christmas films instead! I hope you're having a good festive season so far too Em! x

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  15. Well done on doing so much baking etc in during December!
    I like that you are only a short metro ride away from all the Christmas attractions lovely!
    I bet that makes Christmas even more special knowing those places are on your doorstep!

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  16. We always love a bit of festive baking over in our house!

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  17. These are some great suggestions. You can't go wrong with being cosy on the sofa or in bed and watching a Christmas film.

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    1. You definitely can't go wrong with that Kelly!

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