Mental Health

3 Creative Ways to Reduce Stress During the Holiday Season

With the holiday season upon us, there is no doubt that this time of year proves stressful for all. Add to that, the military lifestyle and it is a recipe for a lot of CHAOS.  It is  beneficial to take some time to relax and unwind for your own mental health.

Do you struggle with anxiety, depression, or the occasional overwhelm? If you do, let’s get one thing out of the way: YOU ARE NORMAL. Yes, you read that right. Seek the help you need and don’t be ashamed of your internal struggles. There are millions of people who struggle with this yet many people are hesitant to speak up. Asking for help proves that you are strong and resilient by acknowledging the areas in which you need help. The stigma associated with these words needs to stop and it starts with each one of us.

On top of seeking advice from a professional and leveraging the many resources available to military families, I encourage you to engage in activities that provide an outlet for a mental release.

Here are 3 creative ideas to help you focus on YOU:

Evening pamper session. Turn your phone off, put a movie on for the kids (or after they’ve gone to bed), and take a nice warm bath. Take your time and enjoy the serenity. You should make an effort to make your evening pamper sessions a regular thing. We’ve put together a list of some of our favorite things that we use to help reduce stress and feel pampered.


Teal’s Epsom Salt and Foaming Bath A few of Epsom salt’s healing properties are said to reduce inflammation, reduce stress and anxiety, and improves the quality of your sleep.

Flameless Candles Put the lights down low and set the tone of a relaxing bath with these flameless candles.

Himalayan Salt Scrub Exfoliating your body 2-3 times a week will enable you to have soft luscious skin by ridding your body’s surface layer of environmental toxins and dead skin.

Nivea Firming lotion Who doesn’t love soft supple skin? This Nivea skin firming lotion is an absolute gem!

Buffalo Plaid Robe Buffalo plaid is very in right now gracing the fall and winter 2019 runways and Pinterest boards everywhere. Snuggle up in this beautiful robe after your bath.

Gratitude Journaling. Showing gratitude and writing down the things that are happening in your life that cause you stress and anxiety will help to relieve the tension from inside your head by thinking it through and getting it written down on paper. In order to fully engage, make your entire journaling time a unique experience that offers a safe space for your thoughts and feelings.


  1. Peace and Tranquility Candle Light a candle that exudes the aroma of peace and tranquility while writing your daily musings.
  2. Lily Pulitzer Journal with Pen There’s just something amazing about writing with a beautiful pen into a journal that lights up your life!

Crafting. Putting your focus into the creation of something that is handmade has many benefits. Neuroscientists explain that is like a form of therapy by improving mind and brain wellness by turning off the day-to-day stress and turning your worries into a creative piece.

Try this craft: Abstract Glam Beaded Tumbler

How to: This craft is very easy and takes about 3-4 hours total from start to finish. You can choose to work on it for 30 min per day or all at once. The fun thing about this one is that no ONE tumbler will be the same and you do not have to follow a pattern.

  1. Choose a color scheme of 5-6 colorful flat back beads
  2. Start at the bottom and begin working your way up by putting a section of glue on the cup and attaching beads, randomizing the size and color each time.

Of Note:

The Skinny Acrylic Tumblers Comes in a set of four. This allows you to craft when you need the mental release and either keep them for yourself or give away to friends.

Assortment of Flat Back Beads

    1. White Pearl
    2. Black Pearl
    3. AB Crystal
    4. Multi-Color

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