5 Ways To De-Stress After The Holidays

5 Ways To De-Stress After The Holidays | Keating & Co.

The holidays can be are a stressful time of year.  Between all the Christmas shopping, traveling, and dealing with friends and family, you can be left feeling incredibly exhausted by the end of it all.  It’s literally the most exhausting time of year.  That’s why it’s important to find a way to effectively de-stress in the new year.  I’m the queen of getting stressed out.  Seriously.  I literally stress over everything under the sun.  So over the years, I’ve developed a few techniques that help me de-stress and overall feel better so that I’m ready to tackle my next project.


It’s okay to take a break from life whether it’s just a day, a weekend, or even a whole week.  Take all the time you need!  Draw yourself a bubble bath one night or treat yourself to a few glasses of wine.  Sleep in later or go on a much needed date night with your spouse.  Do whatever you have to do to relax and focus on yourself and get yourself motivated to start the new year off right.  You can’t tackle those “new year, new me” resolutions if you’re still wiped out from the holidays.


One of my favorite things to do when I’m stressed out is going to the gym.  It was challenging to motivate myself to go back to the gym after taking a month off to be with Zack, but I finally went back last night and am already feeling so much better. It’s been proven that exercise can dramatically lower your stress levels and getting your body moving and in shape can really boost your mood!  Not only will you be getting in shape, you’ll also naturally feel more energized and good about yourself.  And I guarantee you’ll notice a difference in your state of mind when you exercise compared to when you don’t.


I’m horrible with this, but there’s really nothing wrong with asking for help.  Ask a family member or a friend to help you take down decorations or get your home straightened up.  Maybe even send the kids to grandma’s house so that you and your spouse can have a date night.  There’s always someone available to help you tackle that never-ending to do list.  Don’t be afraid to ask for their assistance every once in a while.


We all have our guilty pleasures in life.  I happen to love treating myself to a good manicure or a sweet I’ve been craving (lately it’s been milkshakes for some reason, but I have yet to actually buy one).  Maybe even buy yourself something that’s been on your wish list, but you didn’t end up getting for the holidays.  Whatever it may be, treat yourself to something you’ll enjoy.  These little things not only brighten my mood, but make me feel more relaxed.  And if you’re anything like me, a good manicure or pedicure can make you feel refreshed and ready to take on anything (once your nails dry, of course)!


I don’t know about you, but I always feel like a complete mess after the holidays.  Nothing seems to be in order anymore and I’m completely off track from everything I’m supposed to be doing.  It can really make things stressful when I have to go back to the real world of waking up at a decent hour and getting back to work and school.  That’s why I set aside a weekend after the holidays to sit down and put myself back together.  Take down all the Christmas decorations, rid your home of excess clutter, clear your inboxes, make sure your work and/or school schedules are in order for the following week or month.  Do whatever it is that you have to do to get yourself organized so that you can go into the new year stress-free.

What do you do to unwind after the holidays?

  • You have such a great list here! I’m trying to get back to the gym ^_^

    • Thanks Diana! I took a few weeks off for the holidays to spend time with my husband and it wasn’t the smartest idea haha I felt so much better when I got back in there last night.

  • great list! My favorites are getting back to the gym and getting organized. Getting organized is fun, the gym is not!

    • Thanks Angela! I used to hate going to the gym. Now, I go 3-5 times a week depending on my schedule and I love it. I actually get super excited on the drive there. You’d think I was going to Disney World haha

  • Laura Holt

    I love that you included taking some time to relax. Sometimes we want to jump back into everything too quickly after the holidays! Thanks for sharing this great list.

    • That’s exactly what I do! i sometimes feel like I relax enough during the holidays so when the new year hits, I’m ready to get going again. But this typically leads to work overload by mid February haha so I try to take a break first instead.

  • Now that the holidays are over my husband and I are organizing and purging.

    • That’s awesome! I love getting organized for the new year. It makes me feel so refreshed!

  • Liz

    Needed to read these! I am cleaning EVERYTHING. If I haven’t used it – it’s getting donated. Organizing + decluttering are my main priorities!

    • That’s awesome Liz! I always feel so refreshed after doing a huge clean up and purge. I try to do it a few times a year so that I’m not constantly buried under clutter! haha good luck in your organizing!

  • Shann Eva

    Great ideas . Even though it’s been super hard for me to go, I’ve pushed myself to go to the gym too .It totally made me feel better 🙂

    • Thanks Shann! It can be super challenging to motivate myself to get back to the gym lol I get very disappointed in myself when I don’t go.

  • Kara Schwieterman

    Yes! Get organized (still working on that) I feels good just to have everything back to normal again!

    • Doesn’t it?! I actually love getting back to normal. It’s comforting haha

  • Caitlin Elisabeth

    great post! i always make lists to keep myself on top and organized!

    • Thanks Caitlin! I’m a huge list maker. I dont know what I’d do without them haha

  • These are awesome tips! I definitely used a few and it sure does help!
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  • Belle Vie A Deux

    Awesome tips! Taking a rest day to get some sleep and getting to the gym are so smart! Organization is the love of my life! ha

    • Thanks! Rest days are a challenge for me. I’m too much of a workaholic. The moment the holidays are over, I’m usually ready to jump right back into everything haha but it’s always so beneficial to take the time to rest up a bit first.

  • These are great tips! I definitely tried to fit many of these in during my two weeks before getting back to school yesterday. Thanks for sharing.

    • Thanks Amanda! I’m so glad you found these tips helpful! 🙂 good luck in your courses!

  • Kelsie Kleinmeyer

    I love all of these- especially hitting and gym and treating yourself! There is a lot of stress to let loose this time of the year. These are great 🙂

    • Thanks Kelsie! I’m so glad you find these tips helpful. To me, hitting the gym is the same thing as treating myself. I always feel so much better after a good work out. Super sore, but still so much better haha

  • Bree Hogan

    Is it possible you just read my mind, lol? These are all things on my mind at the moment as I try to regroup and refocus for the year ahead. The clean-up part is definitely front-and-centre, the spare bedroom is very messy with the remnants of suitcases and clothing from our trip over Christmas, doh! Time to clean it up me thinks. Thanks for a fab post!

    • Thanks so much Bree! I do try to read the minds of readers. It helps in creating good content 😉 haha cleaning up after the holidays is always the worst! And I’m HORRIBLE at unpacking from trips. Typically everything stays in the suitcase for a good week or two after I get home from the trip. It’s so bad lol but I’m doing better with it. I hope you get everything cleaned up and organized soon! 🙂

  • Jen

    Yes to all of these! I have been so sick lately that life has taken a stand still, this baby is kicking my butt. I am hoping though to get back into my fitness routine soon. I know that will help me unwind from the holidays.

    • I’m sorry to hear you haven’t been feeling well! I bet it’ll all be worth it once you have the baby. I hope you feel better soon 🙂

  • I need to get back into the gym like asap.
    Its like the one thing I just dont ever make time to do.

    xoxo, Jenny

    • Haha I love going to the gym, but it’s SO hard to get myself to start it back up after taking some time off. Yesterday, I went in a snowstorm simply because I didn’t want to get lazy again lol

  • I can relate to this! I’ve been going to the gym and going out to run. I sill have Christmas decor boxes in my living room and I will get rid of them soon. Thanks for sharing.

    • Last year, our Christmas decorations stayed up until February haha it was horrible. This year, I took everything down the day after and it felt so great to have everything back to normal so quickly.

  • Two of my favourite things to do after Christmas is to organize and treat myself with clothes, shows and lots of food lol! I need to up my non-existent fitness regime.

    • I love Netflix and hot chocolate nights. i’ve had A LOT of those lately haha it’s a great way to unwind and relax a bit. I love it.

  • Dylan

    Great tips. I have absolutely been using the gym more this time of year to de-stress (as in every day!). Not sure what I would do without it because wow, life is hectic! Bring on those endorphins!

    • Thanks Dylan! The gym does wonders for mental health. It’s always my go to whenever I’m stressed as well.