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Tips On Taking Care of Yourself Over the Holidays


I do not go out on Black Friday. I avoid it like the Plague! One year, I do remember being at a Best Buy at 5 am, in Pittsburgh, freezing while waiting for a laptop that would never come. The claim to have “just run out” of the discounted item many of us were waiting for. I also didn’t feel good about looking through the store as other people’s elbows and shoulders ended up pushing their way through without an “excuse me” in sight. I thought, what is SO IMPORTANT that people are acting like this? I didn’t feel right about being there, as there was NOTHING i needed so badly.

Anyway, I do 98% of my shopping on-line, in my robe, with coffee in hand. I find it much less stressful. No crowds, lines, people running in different directions. I do end up going to Target for decor and  boxed Cards. My main point is, to make it less stressful on yourself. Stress, eating poorly, sleeping poorly can take a toll during this Holiday Season.


I was sent this Chanille robe in red roses by Bath and Robes very thick and cozy for those cold winter days.

Taking care of yourself over the Holidays

  • The stress of the Holidays can hard on oneself. If you enjoy shopping on-line continue this practice during the Holiday Season. Many retailers have great return policies and shipping options during the Holiday Season. There are no lines and no hordes of people.
  • Treat yourself to some pampering this winter. Our skin gets dry and nails crack. Take one of those days and enjoy a manicure/pedicure or facial.
  • Wear a cozy and warm robe. I am wearing this Red Roses Chenille robe that was gifted to me. It is so cushioned and soft. I have a slight obsession for robes. I love the rose detailing on the sleeves and front.
  • Take an Epsom Salt Bath. You have to have bubble bath when you take a bath, It just Is something you do. ( wink) Add 1 cup of epsom salts ( I love the lavendar) , a drop of aromatherapy oil,, in your tub and relax those muscles you used while on your shopping marathon.
  • Listen to some Holiday music while decorating. For me, music relaxes me and brings back fond memories. I favor old fashioned classic Holiday tunes by Bing Crosby, Nat King Cole, Burl Ives.
  • Enjoy a cup of tea with honey or some hot cocoa.
  • Make sure to get plenty of sleep and feel well rested
  • Take a walk outside. Not only will you feel refreshed but exercising gives us more energy throughout the day.
  • Enjoy the festivities, but it is not the time to throw out healthy eating. I like to indulge in some sweets such a cookies, chocolate, etc. but I also continue to fuel my body with smaller portions/ healthier choices. It is time to enjoy yourself, and not worry throughout the season about everything that you eat.
  • . Make a holiday cocktail, or try a new bottle of wine. If you enjoy holiday flavors, perhaps try a recipe for a Holiday flavored martini.
  • I don’t have kids, but I enjoy watching some of the classic Holiday favorites like Rudolph, Frosty..etc..”Put one foot in front of the other…”


Robe c/o Bath and Robes * c/o product was gifted to me. All opinions are my own.

What are some other ways you take care of yourself over the Holiday Season?

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Have a great weekend!

Jess xo


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  • Reply
    Casey Capra
    November 21, 2016 at 9:15 am

    These are great ideas! I’m going to try making my own list!

    • Reply
      Jess Jannenga
      November 21, 2016 at 5:19 pm

      Thank you! Glad you enjoyed it, and yes, I think it is very important to take care of one’s self especially during this time! x Stop by again!

  • Reply
    Aditi Oberoi Malhotra
    November 20, 2016 at 9:28 pm

    Great tips!! Shopping can be a nightmare this time of the year!
    Adi xx

    • Reply
      Jess Jannenga
      November 21, 2016 at 5:51 am

      Thank you! I truly shop mostly on line to avoid it! x Thank you for stopping by!

  • Reply
    November 20, 2016 at 7:31 pm

    Great tips Jess! Yes, there is no way I am getting up at 5 AM for anything! I buy year yound for gifts…I do not like crowds, and this Year in NEW York, we cant even get near Filth avenue… A good time to take some time for yourself!
    xx. Elle

    • Reply
      Jess Jannenga
      November 21, 2016 at 5:56 am

      Yes! 5 am is no longer i my vocabulary! I bet it is crazy in ny this time of year. Have always wanted to see the tree . Glad you like the tips, i really do practice what I preach. Have a great week! xx

  • Reply
    November 20, 2016 at 9:51 am

    Just discovered your blog through our many mutual friends. I really like your style. These holiday tips are excellent. We all need to reduce the stress and enjoy the season more. Like you, I find online shopping and outdoor walks to be good tonic.

    • Reply
      Jess Jannenga
      November 21, 2016 at 5:55 am

      Hi! Very good to “meet” you. Thanks very much! I love dressing for fall, the colors and ability to layer.. be creative.Glad you enjoyed the tips! I prefer to shop at home, and avoid the stress, t also think the meaning of the Holiday is lost, when one gets so worried about what to buy .Stop by again! x

  • Reply
    November 19, 2016 at 11:32 pm

    I have never ever gone black friday shopping and based on the stories I am pretty sure I never will. I hate rude crowds

    • Reply
      Jess Jannenga
      November 21, 2016 at 5:52 am

      I am with you Linda, I enjoy shoppng from the comfort of my own home! xx

  • Reply
    Posh Prime
    November 18, 2016 at 10:47 am

    These tips are all so great! I will always shop online!

    • Reply
      Jess Jannenga
      November 18, 2016 at 11:06 am

      Thank you Megan! Me too! Its more fun getting packages too. 🙂 xx

  • Reply
    November 18, 2016 at 8:03 am

    It is silly to stress out over most of the things we do at this time of year. I always have to tell myself, so what if that one food doesn’t get made or if I don’t get all my decorations up….
    That robe looks fabulous!! I never usually take a bath, but my robe gets worn daily!!

    • Reply
      Jess Jannenga
      November 18, 2016 at 9:22 am

      Hi Jodie, that is right! I try and keep this motto in mind in life, ” Is it important in the overall big picture?” You just do the best you can! It is a pretty robe. and will certainly keep me cozy in the winter months.. I wear them daily too. I wasn’t a big bath person until EDS, and I use Epsom Salts 2 times a day to help my muscles so I enjoy it. Prior to, i probably took 1 bath a month. Have a wonderful weekend! xx

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    Nancy Baten
    November 18, 2016 at 3:14 am

    Oh right, black Friday, isn t that the huge sale in Us? It s on the News every year and then I think, Oh my you dont want to participate in that! Hahaha, Happy weekend Jess!

    • Reply
      Jess Jannenga
      November 18, 2016 at 9:19 am

      Yes Nancy! I really only shop on line unless I need to return something to a store like HM or something. I avoid this as it really isnt fun to me! Have a great weekend as well! xx

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