29 stress-free songs for whenever you simply want a minute to your self


I’ll be the first to say it: I love holidays! The food, the glitz, the parties, the gifts, the music, and of course, spending time with family and friends. But even as someone who really enjoys kicking back for a cheesy holiday movie or sipping a late-night glass of wine around a fireplace, I also know that this time of year can be… a lot. And we all deserve breaks to get away, recharge and come back refreshed.

So that’s exactly the idea behind this week’s playlist. It’s an eclectic mix of music meant to calm you down and soften you up when you seriously need some solo time. Because here’s the thing: It’s totally normal to love your family deeply…and to love having 10 minutes of peace and quiet in the midst of chaos. So if you’re the type of person who likes some time for yourself after a day of intense overstimulation, this is the playlist for you.

There’s a great mix of decades here, including quiet jazz classics (« I Fall in Love Too Easily » by Chet Baker and « Solitude » by Billie Holiday) to modern tunes from Perfume Genius, Tennis, The 1975 , and MUNA. You’ll also find a decent dose of indie from the years on this playlist—Iron and Wine, Death Cab for Cutie, and The Decemberists all have a track—as well as dream beats like Angus and Julia Stone, The Postal Service, and Felix Snow.

No matter where you spend the holidays, I hope you have the chance to get out at some point and take a walk or a walk, whether it’s a walk around your neighborhood or a leisurely trip to a nearby park where you can take in a bit of nature. Here comes the vacation, made on your terms, exactly as you deserve.


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