It’s the most wonderful time of the year—or is it? If you’re like many people, December might feel like the most stressful time of year. But there’s hope! Here are some holiday hacks to save your sanity this season and help you look and feel your best no matter what winter brings.

Slow down and savor the season

The holidays often find us in a mad rush to check off everything on our to-do list. Frenzied last-minute shopping, hurried errands, and complicated meal plans can leave anyone feeling frazzled. Instead of dashing from one task to the next, keep your holiday schedule simple. Think about what the season means to you and plan meaningful, memorable activities.

Make time for “me” time. While holiday time is traditionally family time, that doesn’t mean you can’t enjoy some peace and quiet to yourself. Do something that makes you feel rejuvenated so you have more to give to others. Consider a soothing spa night at home or a date with a good book.

Take a relaxing breather. When the hustle and bustle of the holidays start to overwhelm you, swipe on Thieves® Roll-On and breathe in the fresh aroma to find a moment of calm. If you’re having trouble letting go, try these tips for unwinding with essential oils.

Focus on presence, not presents. Gifts aren’t all bad—they can be a lovely and thoughtful way to show someone you care. But the holidays are so much more than brightly wrapped boxes tied up with bows. Remember to keep the focus on meaningful moments with loved ones over material things.

Thieves Essential oil roll-on with lemon and cinnamon

Keep your skin merry and bright

As the seasons change, you may find that what worked for your skin in the summer and fall doesn’t work now. Dry winter air tends to suck the life out of your skin, and indoor heating can make the problem worse. Add in holiday stress and you have a recipe for a breakout. Try our skin care tips to put your best face forward this winter.

Moisturize, moisturize, moisturize. The best time to apply lotion is right after bathing when your skin is still damp. Still fighting parched skin? Use BLOOM™ Brightening Essence after cleansing and before moisturizing to further hydrate your skin and get that glowy, radiant look.

Skip the hot water. Long, steamy showers and soaks in the tub feel amazing, but cool or lukewarm water is better for your body. That’s because hot water can strip your skin of necessary natural oils, leaving it feeling dry and irritated. If you can’t resist a hot shower/bath, keep it short or end your shower with a blast of energizing, icy-cold water.

Remember your lips. Prep your pout for holiday soirees and impromptu video calls with an exfoliating lip scrub. We love Savvy Minerals® Poppy Seed Lip Scrub because it’s made with four hydrating butters that help to soften skin while you smooth away any roughness. Finish your look with a moisturizing lip gloss in a festive shade like Rockin’ by Savvy Minerals.

Woman applying Young Living BLOOM moisturizer to her face

Be imperfect

Okay, so maybe Santa is on a budget this year and you couldn’t get everything on your loved ones’ wish lists. Or perhaps you burned the Hannukah latkes a little. So what! Are the holidays ruined? If you’re nodding your head yes, then these next tips are for you.

Say ho ho, no. In other words, set boundaries so you’re not trying to take on more than you can handle. You may find that letting go of some holiday traditions is just what you need to fall in love with the season again. Give yourself permission to decline activities you dread and make your own holiday magic—even if it involves skipping presents or (gasp) ditching the decorations.

Good is good enough. The holidays don’t have to be a huge ordeal to be memorable. Need some convincing? Repeat after me, “It doesn’t need to be perfect, I don’t have to do everything, and I am enough.” Make this your mantra when things don’t go as planned.

Enjoy yourself. The holidays are supposed to be fun, not stressful! Get in a celebratory spirit by surrounding yourself with the scents of the season—cheery citrus and warm spice. A few drops of Thieves, Stress Away™, and Orange can go a long way to setting a cozy and festive atmosphere.


Holiday Joy diffuser blend

Young Living Holiday Joy essential oil diffuser blend

Want more holiday survival hacks? Check out our tips and tricks for a healthier, happier you or try these mindfulness tips to help you slow down and enjoy the season more.

What’s your best holiday hack for surviving the season?

Tell us in the comments!