How to make time for your creative outlets during the holidays

Ah, November. For many it means cooler weather, leaves on the ground, and start of the busy holiday season. With Thanksgiving and religious and cultural holidays looming in the not-to-distant future, what is supposed to be a joyful time of year filled with celebration can also be filled with feelings of stress, overwhelm and pressure to have the picture-perfect holiday. Bring back the holiday cheer and make time for the creative activities you love with these tips.

Relieve some of the stress of the holiday season and make time for the creative activities you love with these three tips!

Put your energy toward the things you enjoy

Thanks to the internet, people feel this pressure to have their house decked out for each holiday, serve gourmet meals, and give perfectly wrapped gifs that look like they are from a catalog. If anything, this can all together create a lot of unnecessary stress. Instead of feeling like you have to do everything — and do it perfectly — focus on the things that make you happy. If holiday decor is your thing, turn your house into a mini Christmas — or Hanukkah — village. If the thought of having to dig out everything from storage makes you break out in a cold sweat, skip it. If you love to give homemade presents, get down with your crafty self! Prefer to let someone else make the gifts? The internet is here to help. You get to define what the holidays mean, not Pinterest! Less time spent on all the things we think we are supposed to do means more time for the things we enjoy.

Bring your creativity into the things you must do

Even if you have unloaded your plate with the things you don’t enjoy, inevitably there are things we still must do that we don’t enjoy in preparing for the holidays. Perhaps you are stuck participating in the dreaded work cookie exchange when the thought of baking makes you want to hide behind your couch. How can you bring your creative interests into the process so that it is more enjoyable for you? For example, if you are really into design, how can you present the cookies in a fun and creative way? If writing is your thing, compose an ode or haikus about baking, or turn the recipe into a poem. Or instead, you can cheat a little and ask a friend who loves to bake for you and in return you do something that you enjoy for her!

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Take creative breaks

With added things to do on top of your already packed schedule, it may see, impossible to find any time to relax and do things you enjoy, but finding time for creative outlets can actually help to reduce stress. While you may feel the pressure of the clock ticking, give yourself a break amidst the holiday hoopla to do things that make you happy and relax you so that you feel energized. Color in a coloring book for adults (or your kids’ — no shame in coloring in Dora if it relieves your stress!), sit down and write, cook a favorite recipe, knit, blast some music and do an interpretive dance.

How do you deal with holiday stress?

Relieve some of the stress of the holiday season and make time for the creative activities you love with these three tips!

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24 thoughts on “How to make time for your creative outlets during the holidays”

  1. You know I am all about creativity and trying my best to make time for it. So, just can’t thank you enough for sharing some more wonderful tips on how to do this especially with the busy, holiday season coming up now 😉

  2. That is great advice. Now, I need to follow it. Things get so busy during the holiday season, but as you said, we can let some things go in order to focus on what we find enjoyable. There is the fringe benefit that we are likely to be less stressed too!

  3. Tricia Goodmama

    Great advice! I try to follow number 2. Since blogging is my creative outlet, I try to post recipes and activities that I’ll be doing during the holiday season anyway.

  4. I love this! I have given in to the crazy over the last few years and honestly, the madness doesn’t kill me. I think I blog more in the fall/winter, which is probably for stress relief! And to make more money to buy holiday presents!

    But making Christmas cookies and planning fun things for vacation makes me so happy.

    1. I haven’t made holiday cookies in years, but I’d like to with Eve now that she’s older. Blogging can be such a great stress reliever.

  5. I love each of these points. Being creative really brings out the best in me and the kids. I notice the more we craft, the more my daughter sees the sky is the limit.

    1. That’s fantastic, Alana! My daughter has been getting more into art. It’s so much fun to watch and to see her creative side bloom!

  6. Love this. There are certain things I like about the holidays and certain things I’m just not good at. It helps to prioritize and let go of the things we just don’t enjoy, if we can.

    1. Yes, there are things that we are each good at and things that just stress us out. Better to let go of the latter when you can!

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  8. I totally plan on creative time during the holidays! We (my family & I) went to Color Me Mine yesterday and had such a blast creating 🙂

    1. Color Me Mine is so much fun! Sam and I had a date night at a similar place earlier this year. We made a spoon rest to replace the one I had made with a friend years ago and broke! :-O

  9. Hannah@Seeingthelovely

    I definitely agree with following your creative passions vs. what you are “supposed” to do. For example, I enjoy decorating my house a little bit here and there, but I really don’t feel like taking the time to get it all decked out! Maybe someday I’ll feel different, but for now I’m okay with where it is. Thanks for the tips!

    1. Yes! I’m totally with you. When I was younger I had visions of decorating my home for the holidays, but as an adult it just feels like a chore. I’d rather spend my time doing something that I find enjoyable, like cooking a delicious meal!

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  11. I love to be creative especially during the holidays! I like to look on pinterest for inspiration.

  12. Aye! So in point. I always have these things in my mind but oh dear, my procrastination is worst. I hope I can be motivated again through these. Thanks for this Bev!

  13. Every year, I say, ok, going to get creative with my decorating and gift wrapping and it never happens. It seems the holidays pop up faster as I get older.

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