7 Ways to Reduce Holiday Stress and Actually Enjoy the Season! {Giveaway!}

///7 Ways to Reduce Holiday Stress and Actually Enjoy the Season! {Giveaway!}

7 Ways to Reduce Holiday Stress and Actually Enjoy the Season! {Giveaway!}

Dealing with holiday stress can be awful!  Today I’m sharing simple ways to conquer the holiday with grace, style and a smile.

Thank you to Mirum Shopper for sponsoring this post on combating holiday stress.  As always all opinions are my own and I only write about products I believe in.  Thank you for allowing me to share posts like this that allow me to publish Running in a Skirt!

7 Practical Ways to Reduce Holiday Stress this year AND actually enjoy the season. / Running in a Skirt

Hi everyone!

I love the holidays, but I’m the first to admit they can stress me out.  Dealing with holiday stress can even give me pretty bad anxiety.  Between the shopping, cards, gift wrapping and parties I don’t always handle all the “extras” this season brings well.  I want to just relax and have fun, but my Type-A-ness sometimes takes over and keeps me from living in the moment.

This year I want to really embrace the holidays and not just DO ALL THE THINGS.  I actually want to enjoy the things… even if it just means I’m only doing some of the things.  I put together a little list of ways I’ll be dealing with holiday stress.  Hopefully they will help you too, because I know I’m not the only one who feels the stress this time of year.

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Dealing with Holiday Stress

Shop Now

One of the biggest holiday stressors is holiday shopping.  If you haven’t already started, make a list and a budget and get going.  I used to really enjoy going out to the mall to shop for Christmas, but now I find ordering gifts online to be a big time saver and stress reliever.

Dealing with holiday stress! 7 Practical Ways to Reduce Holiday Stress this year AND actually enjoy the season. / Running in a Skirt

Check off a few gifts a night until your list is done.  Bonus points if you can mail them directly to the recipient.  Go this weekend to finish any loose ends that you actually need to go to the store for.  Don’t forget cards, gift wrap and ribbon.

Wrap it all and put it under the tree.  It’s more work early on, but you’ll feel so much better than waiting until the last minute.  If you stick to the budget, you’ll have less financial reasons to worry after the holidays.

Say No

This is a big one for me, but say NO this holiday season.  Decide on a few events to go to and decline the rest.  The holidays don’t have to be about running around like crazy.

Plan to use January and February as time to continue to connect with friends.  You don’t have to do everything now.  They will be there later.

Be Prepared for Parties

Even with saying NO, there are still some holiday parties you have to or want to go to!  The trick is to be prepared for those parties.

Plan what you are wearing now.  Consider a nice little black dress with different accessories if you are short on clothes.

Dealing with holiday stress! 7 Practical Ways to Reduce Holiday Stress this year AND actually enjoy the season. / Running in a Skirt

If you are wearing a little black dress you don’t want to forget your Dove Dry Spray Deodorant.  I love how fresh it feels, how dry it keeps me and most of all how it doesn’t make white marks or yellow stains on my clothes.


These dry sprays are a wonderful new way to do deodorant!

Dealing with holiday stress! 7 Practical Ways to Reduce Holiday Stress this year AND actually enjoy the season. / Running in a Skirt

I also like to create a party rescue pack to keep in my purse!  It’s a little beauty arsenal, which could handle almost any issue that comes up at the event.

Dealing with holiday stress! 7 Practical Ways to Reduce Holiday Stress this year AND actually enjoy the season. / Running in a Skirt

In my Party Rescue Pack I include more Dove Dry Spray deodorant, Q-tips for any make-up fixes, and a Vaseline lip tin to keep my lips moisturized. I also throw in a travel size TRESemmé hairspray and hair ties to keep my hairstyle looking sleek.  You want to look and feel great at a party and this kit can really help.

7 Practical Ways to Reduce Holiday Stress this year AND actually enjoy the season. / Running in a Skirt

When you have a busy day traveling between events this kit could be a life saver keeping you from a sweaty situation, smudged makeup or a hair disaster.

These are products I stock up on at Walgreens, including the adorable tote, and keep in my beauty arsenal year-round. And you should too… especially with the great offers Walgreens has going on right now!  I’ll share those deals and how you can win your own party rescue pack below.  There will be THREE winners, so stick around.

 Don’t Overindulge

There is so much food and alcohol around this time of year.  I’m not saying not to have fun and eat your favorites, but don’t do it everyday.  If you over eat and over drink more days than not you will put on weight, not feel good and regret those decisions.

Choose to only indulge on the weekend, or just at select parties, but not all the time.  Find a balance in enjoying the holidays and not over doing it.

Make Time for Self Care

This time of year can get so busy that we take care of everyone but ourselves.  Don’t forget to schedule time for self care!

Sleep with help you deal with stress and any unexpected problems.  If you haven’t slept sometimes they can seem much worse or less manageable.  Also don’t forget to honor your exercise routine. Are you a runner, keep doing that.  Try yoga and meditation to find your zen in all the chaos.

Keep it Simple

Sometimes we are our own worst enemy around the holidays.  We try to do too much and make it too complicated.  I am SOOOO guilty of this.

Try just making one type of cookies this year, or use gift bags instead of paper.  There are ways to keep it simple and cut corners without sacrificing the joy of the holiday.

Dealing with holiday stress! 7 Practical Ways to Reduce Holiday Stress this year AND actually enjoy the season. / Running in a Skirt

Set an Intention of Joy

And that brings me to the most important way to help with dealing with holiday stress.  Often times our negativity can take over without realizing it.  Meditate and set an intention of joy this holiday season.  We all KNOW this time of year is busy and brings all sorts of stressors out.  Some of those we can control and some we can’t.

Dealing with holiday stress! 7 Practical Ways to Reduce Holiday Stress this year AND actually enjoy the season. / Running in a Skirt

Decide to embrace the chaos with joy and do your best to make your decisions surrounding that.  I call it “fake it ’till you make it.”

Now I know this doesn’t always work and that life isn’t always fairy tales and happiness.  The holidays can cause all sorts of family stress and even bring on true depression, but on some level I believe this can help.  If you are feeling completely overwhelmed and feel you need more help, don’t be ashamed to reach out and get that help!

Hopefully these tips can help with your holiday stress!


Party Rescue Pack Giveaway

Now here’s the fun part!  Three of you will win your own Party Rescue Pack from Walgreens featuring Dove deodorant, Q-tips, Vaseline lip tin, travel size TRESemmé hairspray and hair ties.  What a perfect addition to your purse this holiday season.  Comment below to enter!

Here’s the official contest rules.

Dealing with holiday stress! 7 Practical Ways to Reduce Holiday Stress this year AND actually enjoy the season. / Running in a Skirt

And don’t forget Walgreens is the place to shop for all your holiday party must haves.  

Right now they are featuring $1.50 off any ONE (1) AXE, Degree or Dove antiperspirant or dry spray (excludes trial and travel) until January 13thThey will also be Buy One, Get One 50% off December 18th through December 24th!



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Dealing with holiday stress! 7 Practical Ways to Reduce Holiday Stress this year AND actually enjoy the season. / Running in a Skirt

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Thanks so much for reading today!  Come back tomorrow for a fun and healthy Dark Chocolate Peppermint Popcorn recipe. <— it’s da bomb. πŸ™‚  

Your turn!

What kind of dry spray (pictured above) would you add to your Party Rescue Pack?  Comment below for the chance to win your own pack!

By | 2017-08-15T14:03:53-04:00 December 5th, 2016|Fitness, Healthy Living Tips|130 Comments


  1. nancy begley December 30, 2016 at 9:19 am - Reply

    Hi, Julie I would want to add the Dove dry spray….

  2. Stephanie Stephenson December 30, 2016 at 8:56 am - Reply

    Hi Julie!!! Thank you so much for all the wonderful information. I love your blog and miss seeing you on WLOS. I would love to try the Dove deodorant as well as the other products! Have a happy new year from Asheville!!!?

    • JulieWunder December 30, 2016 at 4:34 pm - Reply

      Hi Stephanie! Thank you so much for reading! xoxo

  3. Ellen Casper December 30, 2016 at 8:38 am - Reply

    Great tips! I would add the Dove dry spray to my party pack.

  4. Latanya December 29, 2016 at 12:15 pm - Reply

    Your decorations are pretty.

  5. Lisa L. December 27, 2016 at 7:42 pm - Reply

    I’ve been wanting to try out dry spray deodorant. I use degree antiperspirant stick now so the degree spray would be the one I’d want to try first.

  6. Elizabeth p December 27, 2016 at 1:40 pm - Reply

    I would add the dove dry spray to myee pack. thanks for the chance

  7. Christine Labelle December 23, 2016 at 11:25 pm - Reply

    I would get the Dove dry spray for me and the Axe for my husband.

  8. Sheila Austin December 19, 2016 at 8:55 am - Reply

    Great tips, I would like to try Dove Dry Spray. Merry Christmas!

  9. Kristin December 16, 2016 at 10:02 am - Reply

    I absolutely love dove dry spray. It’s so easy to use, no mess and smells so clean.

  10. Mary Jean Henson December 16, 2016 at 6:48 am - Reply

    Great advice. I’m giving some of these suggestions a try during this stressful season!

    • Mary Jean Henson December 16, 2016 at 6:50 am - Reply

      Great advice. Will use some of these tips during this stressful time!

    • JulieWunder December 26, 2016 at 11:42 am - Reply

      Thanks Mary Jean! Hope you holiday was amazing!

  11. Edye December 9, 2016 at 7:53 pm - Reply

    Such awesome advice! The holidays can be stressful, but I think we need to remember the reason for the season. Also, this is a time to be with the ones we love most, not worry about all the little details. Wishing you and yours a very merry holiday season <3

  12. Janelle @ Run With No Regrets December 9, 2016 at 8:18 am - Reply

    Really great tips! I definitely need to follow your advice and shop early and online and just get it all done! Rushing around can be so stressful. I also like the idea of unwinding…my boyfriend and I definitely need to work on that as we’re still recovering from Thanksgiving!

    • JulieWunder December 11, 2016 at 11:40 am - Reply

      Oh I feel ya! It takes me awhile to recover from Thanksgiving! haha!

  13. Kristy from Southern In Law December 8, 2016 at 2:59 pm - Reply

    These are such great tips! One way I always reduce stress is by getting my Christmas shopping done REALLY early…. like… September/October early. That way I know that’s out of the way and I can focus on enjoying Christmas parties and events, spending time with loved ones and finishing up work for the year!

    • JulieWunder December 11, 2016 at 11:33 am - Reply

      That is such a good idea! I wish I would do that!

  14. Farrah December 7, 2016 at 11:23 pm - Reply

    Shopping online is such a huge time saver! I definitely don’t have time to shop in person as much as I’d like, so Amazon it is! Great tips!

  15. Michelle @ Fruition Fitness December 7, 2016 at 8:42 pm - Reply

    I started shopping (on Amazon from the comfort of my own home!) on Thanksgiving night, and it has taken so much stress off! Thanks for the tips!

  16. Nicole @ Fitful Focus December 7, 2016 at 2:29 pm - Reply

    Oh the holidays – so joyful and yet so stressful! These are great tips. I love the idea of a little holiday party rescue pack.

  17. Annmarie December 7, 2016 at 10:55 am - Reply

    I’ve done a majority of my shopping already and it really does help to take some of the seasonal stress away!

  18. Jen @ Pretty Little Grub December 7, 2016 at 9:21 am - Reply

    I definitely think holidays are as stressful as people make them. You have the option to say no, do less, etc. and if you do, you’ll likely be happier and enjoy the season. That’s my mantra when it comes to the holidays, less is more.

  19. Madeline December 7, 2016 at 6:22 am - Reply

    I’d add the Dove dry spray to my party pack. Thanks for the tips!

  20. Alisa @ Go Dairy Free December 6, 2016 at 11:32 pm - Reply

    Great tips! So many of these are useful for year round – like self care – one I think we all ignore too much!

  21. Esther December 6, 2016 at 8:24 pm - Reply

    GREAT post!
    I am already stressed and I SO need to get rid of the stress now!
    I made a good plan today to order online and ship my gifts now vs having to travel with everything for my upcoming trip!

  22. Maria December 6, 2016 at 8:23 pm - Reply

    I love the idea of saying no πŸ™‚ It makes you enjoy the things you really want to attend!

  23. jill conyers December 6, 2016 at 7:57 pm - Reply

    Great tips Julie. For the past few years I’ve been on a roll with stress free holidays. yay!

    • JulieWunder December 7, 2016 at 10:41 am - Reply

      Oh man! I’m jealous! I am a work in progress!!! πŸ™‚

  24. Angela @marathonsandmotivation.com December 6, 2016 at 5:47 pm - Reply

    These are all great tips! The holidays can be a very stressful time of year!!

  25. Heather December 6, 2016 at 4:08 pm - Reply

    My time management skills are lacking this holiday season! I will have to give this deodorant a try.

  26. michelle mink December 6, 2016 at 2:38 pm - Reply

    I have got to try the Dove dry spray because I have a problem with sweat stains and white marks from my deodorant. I’ll put that on my shopping list.

  27. Emily December 6, 2016 at 9:21 am - Reply

    Online shopping is SUCH a life saver. It’s funny, because I often come away from a visit to the mall with one thing, but Amazon Prime enables one to find exactly what they need. It truly is such a blessing, and I think I too often take it for granted.

    And I LOVE that you encouraged us to know our limitations, so we don’t have to go to everything. <3

  28. Chrissy @ Snacking in Sneakers December 6, 2016 at 9:02 am - Reply

    Totally with you on learning to say NO this time of year. I think sometimes we accept every invitation or obligation and it causes more stress than joy.

  29. Jessica @ Nutritioulicious December 6, 2016 at 8:46 am - Reply

    These are all great tips! It’s definitely important to take care of yourself and say ‘no’ sometimes! I also love the part about making a conscious effort to choose joy!

  30. Madeline December 6, 2016 at 8:08 am - Reply

    The ultraclear sounds the best! I’d try that one.

  31. dixya @food, pleasure, and health December 6, 2016 at 5:18 am - Reply

    we often forget time for self-care, which is sooo important.

  32. abbey sharp December 6, 2016 at 2:21 am - Reply

    I agree, it’s important not too overindulge and eat mindfully around the holdiays!!
    Also, I really want to try that dry spray deodorant!!

  33. Annette December 6, 2016 at 1:20 am - Reply

    I’ve tried the Dove spray and it was really nice.

  34. Chrissy December 5, 2016 at 11:09 pm - Reply

    I agree that it’s easy to get stressed out this time of year. We just want to do it all and make it all so perfect. Sometimes we just have to let some things go and enjoy. Enjoy ourselves, our family and friends and this magical time of year.

  35. CourtneyLynne December 5, 2016 at 10:58 pm - Reply

    Great tips!!!! I did all of my shopping early this year so I could enjoy all of December!!! Best decision ever!!!

  36. paige c December 5, 2016 at 10:12 pm - Reply

    I love the dove dry spray!

  37. glenneth December 5, 2016 at 9:06 pm - Reply

    these are great tips. i find saying no and planning in lots of self-care time keeps the stress low for me.

  38. ashley December 5, 2016 at 8:38 pm - Reply


  39. Lindsay Cotter December 5, 2016 at 8:21 pm - Reply

    I’m right there with you as far as trying not to have so much stress during the holidays. These tips are really going to be helpful for me!

  40. Blane Sherer December 5, 2016 at 7:44 pm - Reply

    I like to try keep it simple, make plans but
    then being Ok with being flexible . The
    Holidays can certainly be a stressful time
    for folks.

  41. Jolina December 5, 2016 at 7:36 pm - Reply

    I do almost all my shopping online too. So much more relaxed! Not sure how easy it would be not to overindulge though haha. Tis the season!

  42. Taylor Kiser December 5, 2016 at 6:27 pm - Reply

    So many great tips here! Planning and doing as much ahead as possible is so important during the holidays. And I love that Party Rescue Pack! Such a wonderful idea!

  43. Chelley Martinka December 5, 2016 at 6:18 pm - Reply

    I am all about the NO! I have a calendar with me at all times and have 2 slots on the weekends. Once they’re full, that’s it!

  44. maria @closeothome December 5, 2016 at 6:16 pm - Reply

    I think I need a warm bath right now to calm me down. So much to do so little time.

  45. Emily @Sinful Nutrition December 5, 2016 at 5:59 pm - Reply

    great tips Julie! It’s so easy to get stressed out and overwhelmed this time of year. So important to remember to ACTUALLY enjoy the holiday!

  46. [email protected] December 5, 2016 at 5:58 pm - Reply

    Love this post! I would add dry shampoo spray to the pack….I especially like Batiste Dry Shampoo spray.

  47. [email protected] December 5, 2016 at 5:44 pm - Reply

    I love the dove spray deodorant. I have a few other spray ones but they still leave a sticky feeling and this kind does not. Learning to say no to things and evend is something I need to work on too.

  48. Liz @ I Heart Vegetables December 5, 2016 at 5:04 pm - Reply

    Life has been a little crazy lately so these tips are just what I needed!

  49. Neely Moldovan December 5, 2016 at 5:04 pm - Reply

    I am the worst about saying no. Mostly because I hate the fear of missing out or disappointing people. At 30 weeks pregnant I have to say no more

  50. Laura December 5, 2016 at 4:53 pm - Reply

    We have *drastically* reduced the amount of presents we purchase and who we buy for! We want our kids to each open 3 gifts on Christmas (because Jesus got 3 gifts)! So we have to be creative with how we give them grandparent gifts!

    • JulieWunder December 7, 2016 at 10:32 am - Reply

      Such a good idea! There is so much stuff this time of year!

  51. heather @Lunging Through Life December 5, 2016 at 4:53 pm - Reply

    Snuggle with a baby πŸ˜‰ haha

  52. Taking time for yourself is so important! Love the rescue kit idea too

  53. Divya @ Eat. Teach. Blog. December 5, 2016 at 4:37 pm - Reply

    Great suggestions πŸ™‚

    I have been doing my shopping online also. It’s so convenient and shipping is so quick nowadays that I know it’ll get here in no time. It’s been such a relief!

  54. Catherine Sargent December 5, 2016 at 4:16 pm - Reply

    These are all great tips. I had planned on shopping early this year, but that hasn’t happened yet. I hope to get some shopping done this weekend.

  55. Elena December 5, 2016 at 4:08 pm - Reply

    These are great tips. Thank you for the giveaway!

  56. Emily Kyle December 5, 2016 at 3:22 pm - Reply

    I just love set an intention of joy! It is so simple yet so difficult! Great post, Julie πŸ™‚ Happy Holidays!

    • JulieWunder December 7, 2016 at 10:27 am - Reply

      Thanks! Easier said than done… but it always helps to try!

  57. Stephanie December 5, 2016 at 3:01 pm - Reply

    this mama-to-be would love this prize!

  58. Chrissa - Physical Kitchness December 5, 2016 at 2:39 pm - Reply

    EVERYONE has a little black dress πŸ˜‰ Super useful tips. Sadly we have no holiday parties this year – although even if we did, I don’t know who would watch my kiddos anyway!

    • JulieWunder December 7, 2016 at 10:26 am - Reply

      Awww bummer!! I’m sure you have lots of fun kiddie events though!

  59. Hey Sharonoox December 5, 2016 at 2:13 pm - Reply

    Yes, I really need this when it comes to holiday stress. This is such a helpful tips! Just Pinned it.

  60. [email protected] December 5, 2016 at 12:40 pm - Reply

    I just wore this simple black dress for a holiday party….and I said to my hubby…this is the WORST for deodorant…this spray dry stuff would be great for that dress!

  61. Gail Bell December 5, 2016 at 12:36 pm - Reply

    Great tips! Thanks!

    Earlier in the year you shared a product, Almay Eraser Sticks. They are A.W.E.S.O.M.E. I am giving as stocking stuffers and now will add some of your list to the goodies.

  62. Sonali- The Foodie Physician December 5, 2016 at 12:36 pm - Reply

    All great tips Julie! I’m actually doing ok in terms of shopping, it’s the travel plans, family gatherings and other holiday parties that are causing me stress. I definitely need to get comfortable saying “no” more often πŸ˜‰

  63. Mary Beth Jackson December 5, 2016 at 12:03 pm - Reply

    All great tips! We need to take the holidays slow & easy! The party rescue pack is a super idea! I only use the Dove dry spray- it is the best! Mine has a blue top I believe ?

  64. Sarah- A Whisk and Two Wands December 5, 2016 at 11:49 am - Reply

    So many great tips. Saying NO is really hard for me and really need to do because again more stuff got thrown on me without asking and I’m trying to juggle things. Never fails that my husband ends up traveling too, this year a little more this time of year. Last year we got lucky with the remodel he didn’t have to.
    With that I’m combating the stress by gifting myself a month of unlimited workouts at barre and really trying to prioritize my self and self care more.

    • JulieWunder December 7, 2016 at 10:20 am - Reply

      What a bummer! Hope he gets to stay home this year.

  65. Kat December 5, 2016 at 11:38 am - Reply

    I definitely think that keeping it simple is crucial – especially when it comes to holiday parties! I tend to want to go all out [whether Im throwing one or going to one!] by making extravagant dishes and buying certain plates and accessesories to pair with them. Why go to the extreme? Sometimes its ok I understand that, but don’t add the extra stressor – especially if you are already feeling the holiday blues!

    • JulieWunder December 7, 2016 at 10:19 am - Reply

      I feel ya! I am my own worst enemy when it comes to party planning.

  66. DogVills December 5, 2016 at 10:34 am - Reply

    Being stress this coming Holiday is the worst and I will not let stress to come over me. This is really good advice.

  67. Dee Johnson December 5, 2016 at 10:18 am - Reply

    Awesome tips and great party rescue pack.

  68. Morgan @ Morgan Manages Mommyhood December 5, 2016 at 10:04 am - Reply

    I love this! The holidays are such a stressful time, regardless. Both of our parents are divorced so we have 4 families to see for the holidays (even though Alex’s father passed away, his aunt throws a big holiday party every year) which is a lot with 2 kids. I think a big thing for me is just accepting that I don’t have to do it all – I don’t have to accept all of the invites,do it all my self, bake all the cookies.

  69. Patricia @Sweet and Strong December 5, 2016 at 9:47 am - Reply

    Great tips! I definitely have learned to say No the last few years and skipped some holiday gatherings and/or gift exchanges because of the extra stress. I really get stressed out when we travel home for the holidays since we travel to both my and husbands home towns. It’s hard living out of a suitcase and not feeling comfortable. I could never live without hairspray though, that would definitely be in my party rescue pack.

  70. Ashley L December 5, 2016 at 8:59 am - Reply

    Party pack is a great idea!

  71. Diane Royer December 5, 2016 at 8:19 am - Reply

    These are great tips and I look forward to using them. The little bag is a great idea too, something I’ve never done but will now! Thanks so much, Julie.

  72. Judy Crowder December 5, 2016 at 7:58 am - Reply

    Wonderful tips, thanks!

  73. Susie @ SuzLyfe December 5, 2016 at 7:07 am - Reply

    Have a puppy to lick your face. (and mess up your make up and chew on things) oh wait, this is about decreasing stress, right? oops πŸ˜€

  74. Michelle December 5, 2016 at 5:55 am - Reply

    Great tips. Thank you

  75. Jennell Rogers December 5, 2016 at 5:42 am - Reply

    Why is there no longer a place to click for Pinterest. I can no longer pin your posts

    • JulieWunder December 11, 2016 at 10:56 am - Reply

      Hi Jennell! I haven’t made any changes to the site and I’m still seeing one… but I will do some investigating! Thanks for letting me know. You can also pin from the share buttons are the bottom.

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