These YouTube Workouts Are Exactly What You Need To Chill

Photographed by Erin Yamagata.
Your bus home was delayed. Your sibling's partner is ruining your family fun. You showed up empty-handed to your S.O.'s parent's party. You have to cancel on a friend's New Years get-together. At a certain point during the holidays, it hits you just how stressful this time of year can be.
If you regularly make time to exercise, chances are you've had too many social obligations to actually work out like you usually do — which can definitely throw you off, too. But the good news is that there are tons of easy YouTube workouts that you can do right at home. Now, working out might sound like one more thing to add to your to-do list, but exercise can help you handle stress and possibly make you a little more relaxed.
If you're up for it, we found the chillest YouTube workouts that you can do while you're home for the holidays. You'll find a mix of yoga, stretching, strength-training, and plain old walking routines. Most of these won't make you break a sweat, but they may help you break a bad mood.
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Do it when your mom wants to hang out, but you're not in the mood to chat.

Why it's great: Yogis of all levels can handle this beginner yoga workout, so your mom won't be whining that the poses are too challenging. Plus, it's only 20 minutes long.
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Do it when you tried to sleep in, but failed.

Why it's great: You literally don't have to leave bed.
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Do it when you're stranded in an airport terminal.

Why it's great: This is an energetic chair workout that is basically like Zumba, but seated. You'll do a mix of arm motions and fun stepping patterns set to music.
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Do it when you finally get home after a long car ride.

Why it's great: The theme of this beginner yoga routine is "flexibility and relaxation," which is exactly what you'll need after sitting in traffic.
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Do it when everyone is being annoying.

Why it's great: Yin yoga is a very slow style of yoga that involves holding a pose for extended periods of time, rather than flowing through a bunch all at once. This is an hour-long class, so you'll feel like you had plenty of time to unplug and reflect.
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Do it when you need a clear mind for the rest of the day.

Why it's great: This is a short yoga workout that you can do first thing in the morning. The instructor's voice is very soothing, and you can pretend you're on the beach, too.
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Do it when you're jet-lagged and trying to fall asleep.

Why it's great: This is just a simple, 10-minute yoga routine that you can do before falling asleep. It'll relax your body and mind better than scrolling Twitter, that's for sure.
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Do it when it's too cold to walk outside, and you want a little light exercise.

Why it's great: Don't knock walking in place until you've tried it. This is a mile-long walk that you can do without leaving your house.
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Do it when you want to break a sweat.

Why it's great: If you've never tried a HIIT workout, this is an excellent introduction to the method. You don't need any equipment, and you'll definitely be a little dewy after.
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Do it when you're trying to hide in your room.

Why it's great: There's a nice mix of strength-training and stretching in this 10-minute workout, and you can do it in bed.
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Do it when you're watching Netflix.

Why it's great: All of these moves can be done seated, so you don't have to get up while you binge-watch.

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