keys to managing stress + gifting lulu

The holidays are a crazy time for all of us. Between buying gifts, traveling, hosting, cooking, family, wrapping gifts, and holiday parties, it seems like every night is booked and there are never enough hours in the day to get everything done. Even though Christmas is a crazy busy time of year, it’s also my favorite time of year. But I think managing stress is key to making it through the holidays with joy and with great memories! So, today I want to share 3 quick and easy ways I manage stress during the holidays (and really, all the time).

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1. Get outdoors. For some of you, you might live somewhere where getting outdoors in December is rough because of the cold weather. For those of us in Dallas though, winter weather is totally manageable. In the middle of my work day I try and get outside for at least 20 minutes to take Beau for a walk, or maybe call my mom while I walk around our neighborhood. Sometimes I’ll just go for a quick stroll and listen to worship music or take that time to pray. Regardless of what you do though, I think getting our doors is such a stress reliever. Breathe some fresh air and remind yourself that life is about so much more than what’s on your phone or computer.lauren sims lululemon lauren sims lululemon lauren sims lululemon lauren sims lululemon lauren sims lululemon lauren sims lululemon
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2. Stay active. Alot of people ask me how I stay motivated to consistently workout 5-6 days a week, and my answer is honestly that I love it and working out is probably one of my biggest stress relievers. Whether you go for a jog outside or go to a spin class or simply do an ab workout and pushups in your living room…staying active is one of the best ways you can manage your stress level – especially during the holidays! Even if you’re someone who thinks you hate to workout…make a goal for yourself to do something active for at least 30 minutes a day, a few days a week. I promise you will start to feel less stressed, and feel better about yourself as well!lauren sims lululemon lauren sims lululemon lauren sims lululemon

3. Serve others. During busy seasons like the holidays, it can be really difficult to carve time out of our schedules for others. But, I promise, it’s worth it. Choosing to serve others when you have a lot on your plate is a great reminder that you are not the center of the universe. There are others out there with hurts and needs that you can totally use your gifts or resources to help and bless them. Around the holidays especially there are so many opportunities to serve in a homeless shelter or volunteer at a soup kitchen. Another way you can serve others is just by inviting people into your home and cooking a meal for them, or remembering to give a gift to a neighbor or the people who clean your house.

Outfit details: Sports bra | Tights | Jacket

Speaking of gifts…I think this year my Christmas list was comprised of 90% lululemon. In my opinion, Lululemon makes for the best gift for anyone on your list – whether it’s someone who already loves to workout (because you can never have too many workout clothes), or someone who is trying to get back in shape. Having cute workout clothes is one of the best motivators for working out! Anytime my family asks me for gift ideas or what I want…I always tell them “anything from Lululemon is a safe bet”, because I KNOW I will love it every time!

A few gift ideas from Lululemon:

Gifts under $100:

Gifts for cold weather running:

This post was created in collaboration with Lululemon. All thoughts and opinions are my own!

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11 Comments

11 Comments on keys to managing stress + gifting lulu

  1. Rebekah
    December 7, 2016 at 1:42 pm (7 months ago)

    I want all of this…after I have my baby! <3 motivation!!

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    • laurenkaysims
      December 7, 2016 at 2:58 pm (7 months ago)

      haha whatever! you’re already jogging now!!

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  2. Kelsey
    December 7, 2016 at 2:59 pm (7 months ago)

    These leggings are amazing!
    Kelsey | petiteinherpearls.blogspot.com

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  3. Kari
    December 7, 2016 at 3:34 pm (7 months ago)

    what kind of shoes are those? so cute!

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  4. Seema
    December 7, 2016 at 6:38 pm (7 months ago)

    Oh I LOVE that you included “serve others” on your list. Seems counterintuitive during a busy, stressful season but offers invaluable perspective. I love your heart, Lauren!

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  5. Anna White
    December 8, 2016 at 5:07 pm (7 months ago)

    I LOVE this post!! I’m getting ready to start my COLD training for my FIRST half marathon in the spring and these items are just what I need to help me get started!! Also, love your tips on staying stress free!! XO –

    Anna | http://www.parkavenueblogger.com

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    • laurenkaysims
      December 9, 2016 at 1:24 pm (7 months ago)

      That’s awesome! Good luck training for your first half!!

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  6. Cassie
    December 8, 2016 at 10:39 pm (7 months ago)

    I really love this post! Great tips and your outfit <3

    I love looking at your blog/insta for fitness outfit inspiration. I started looking into the Calia line after you posted about it. What is your opinion of Calia vs Lululemon? Quality/versatility/fit/etc? Thanks!!

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    • laurenkaysims
      December 9, 2016 at 1:23 pm (7 months ago)

      Hi Cassie! ah – both are such great lines! I feel like you can definitely work out in Calia, but that it’s better for more “lifestyle” – going for walks, running errands, travel, etc. It is so adorable and so comfortable (and great quality!). I would probably choose Lululemon over Calia though when it comes to what I’d actually work out in. Both are great for working out but I feel like Lululemon has more of a performance quality to it than Calia. Honestly, both are great though and you can’t go wrong with either!

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      • Cassie
        December 9, 2016 at 11:42 pm (7 months ago)

        Thanks for replying!!! 🙂 This is really helpful 😀 I love your style and outfits.

        Reply

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