The holidays are such a wonderful time of the year, but they can certainly add a layer of stress to already busy lives. Running around for the perfect or last-minute gifts, working longer hours to account for days off and parties squeezed into week(end) nights all in one month can make your head spin.
It’s incredibly important to stay sane, especially if you actually want to enjoy all of the festivities.
I’m very much someone who stresses too much. I’ll give myself anxiety over a situation well before it happens with all of the “what ifs.” It’s important for me to destress for my mood and energy levels, so here are tips for others who may need a moment to just — ahhhhh — relax.
Map Out Your Month/Weekends
It’s easy to feel out of control when you don’t have a plan around the holidays. Map out important dates and events that are “musts” and then drop in optional activities. This will help you stay on top of where you need to be and when, as well as decide when to skip out.
Take a Bath
Up until last year around this time, I hadn’t taken a real bath in years. One night, I told C.D. that I just needed 20 minutes to myself. I drew up a hot bath, left the cell phone in my room and just sat there in the warm water and silence. It was wonderful. I’ve since picked up several of LUSH’s bath bombs to really create a feeling of ease and (BONUS) they have helped me sleep well after toweling off.
Put the Phone/Computer/Device Down
Easier said and done in today’s day and age, but it’s SO important to have quiet, unconnected time to yourself in EACH day. Some evenings I will drive home from work in radio silence just so I can give my brain a break. Other days I’ll leave my phone at my desk and just walk around the office.
Reflect Through Photographs
On days when I’m feeling swamped or like things are out of my control, I’ll flip to older photos on my phone. It takes you back to moments when you were having a great time and making memories. Spending 5-10 minutes in a happy, positive frame of mind helps put the goals and deadlines in front of you in perspective.
Go for an “Angry” Run
Haha, I love this phrase. Sometimes a glass of wine can calm you and that’s great. Other days, you truly need to sweat off/burn off the tension. On these occasions, I’ll grab Mizzy’s leash and we’ll go on a fast, hard run. I may not go far, but on these runs we run hard, get our hearts beating and lose sight of anything that may have set us at discord in that moment. Want to take it up a notch? Ditch the headphones and just go with the rhythm of your breathing and heartbeat in your ears. You’ll feel empowered by your own strength. I always feel much more satisfied and ready to tackle challenges head on after a good “angry” run.
Don’t Hesitate to Ask for “Me” Time
That’s not to say you’ll get “me” time every time you ask for it, but as Moms, Dads, Type-A’ers, and so on, we often put our priorities and needs last. It’s so beneficial for EVERYONE to have space and time to themselves to think. Your spouse/significant other may not realize you haven’t had this kind of time to yourself with how busy everyone is, so don’t be afraid to speak up! But be sure to reciprocate alone time for your loved ones — they’ll need their downtime, too!
Yes, literally like when you were a child. Adult coloring books are making a great comeback and it’s for a certain reason. When you start coloring, you are forced to focus on the art in front of you and to forget about anything else. An added benefit? These books come with beautiful designs that could certainly be framed up and used as art throughout the house after.
What are other great ways that you destress? Share your ideas in the comments!