Four Wellness Rituals to Take Care of Yourself During the Holidays – Abigail Nora

You guys. It is December 8. Hanukkah is right around the corner (Tuesday!) and there are only 17 days until Christmas. aka just over two weeks. It’s all happening, and the holidays are flying by.

So, yes, between gifts and parties and work and travel, it’s a lot. The holidays are fun and exciting for sure, but they can also be, well, stressful. That’s why it’s so important to practice self-care and maintain a wellness routine during this time of year. Trust me: no one’s having fun when they’re too burnt out from a packed schedule and all the holiday activity.

Here are four ways to take care of yourself during the holidays:


Whether you’re doing face masks and a bath at home or going out and getting your nails done, a good old-fashioned pampering session is a great stress buster. I just ordered a jade roller and it’s my new favorite self-care treat. Also the foam roller I got for my birthday. I’m very into rolling.

If you want to go all-out, you could also literally go out and treat yourself to a facial, massage or other luxe spa treatment. I’m super excited to check out the facial offerings at Reishi Beauty in Wicker Park, an amazing new wellness spa on Milwaukee Avenue. (They also offer acupuncture, massage and cupping!)


It can be super difficult to slow down this time of year and take even five minutes to sit and breathe…but it’s so, so helpful. Try an app like Headspace or a guided meditation studio like Chill Chicago. Some local yoga studios, like Mirepoix and OhmCulture, also offer meditation.


Speaking of yoga, it’s a great way to move and exercise, whether you’re taking a class or flowing at home. Even seemingly simple poses like child’s pose, legs up the wall and corpse pose (savasana) can reduce stress and help your nervous system.

For me, SoulCycle is a super important aspect of my fitness and my wellness routine. It’s an hour a week (Soul Survivor for life!) where I can clip in, let go and lose myself in the music. Oh, yeah, music itself is also a fantastic way to de-stress and chill out.

Stay Mindful

I know, it’s like, what does stay mindful even mean? Isn’t that what this post is about?? There are so many tools to connect with yourself and reflect, it’s almost overwhelming. Personally, I like a good podcast session with an episode of That’s So Retrograde or tarot card spread topped off with some journaling.

Reading is also an amazing way to stay mindful, whether it’s losing yourself in a novel or pursuing personal development and self-help. I recently finished Fitness Junkie, which was a super fun read (slash relevant to this post), and Harry Potter is absolutely perfect to re-read during Christmastime.

If you’re looking for books more in the motivational vein to help inspire a fresh start in the New Year (you overachiever, you), try You Are a Badass, Big Magic or The Universe Has Your Back.

Shop my holiday self-care picks below:

What are your favorite wellness rituals — during the holidays or any time of year, really?

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