Treat Yourself and De-Stress With These Mood Boosters

Although the holidays are meant to be a time of joy and love, the stress of planning family gatherings, shopping, cooking, and other chores can put a damper on the season. We came up with some ideas for de-stressing, and spoke with life coach and founder of Joyful Living Coaching Maureen Sweatman to get some advice on how to take care of yourself in addition to taking care of others this holiday season.

Spend some time at the spa. According to Maureen, “Self-care is critical for well-being. Time spent at the spa getting a massage, facial, or other treatments is a great way to take time to care for yourself while also releasing harmful toxins from your body.”

Short on time/resources? Pick up a mud mask and a killer shade of nail polish for a do-it-yourself spa night at home!

Add a furry member of the family. Animals are a great source of joy. Our expert agrees: “Pet therapy has been proven to increase overall well-being and reduce stress. So go ahead, adopt a pet and snuggle your way to better health.”

Short on time/resources? Spend some time at a local animal shelter!

Take an exercise class. Exercises like Zumba and yoga work your mind just as much as they do your body. Maureen says, “One of my favorite de-stressing activities is weekly family yoga with my 9 year old daughter. It is a unique bonding experience that helps both of us get centered when life gets chaotic.”

Short on time/resources? Practice your dance moves from the comfort of your living room!

Volunteer for a local non-profit. One of the best ways to make yourself feel better is to give back to others. Maureen says the “spirit of kindness and gratitude and sense of shared humanity” is a surefire pick-me-up!

Short on time/resources? Try volunteering online!


Jennifer Lauren

Jennifer Lauren is a Zumba® instructor from New York. She blogs about teaching Zumba® classes and all things fitness at



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