I know I'm stating the obvious, but the holidays can bring a lot of stress into our lives. Between family visits, navigating the malls and not knowing if you should say "Merry Christmas", "Happy Holidays", "Happy Hanukkah" or "Happy Kwanzaa", there's a lot going on. So I've put together five tips for keeping stress away during the holiday season.
clean your space
I hear you. The thought of cleaning my apartment just adds to the stress I feel around this time of year. But it is so vital to have a clean home in order to stop the stress before it starts! Instead of doing a rushed, massive clean up before guests arrive, try taking 5 minutes of your day, every day, to tidy up the clutter and keep mess at bay.
keep an energizing spray on you
A quick spritz of energizing essential oils could be all you need. I recommend Happy Spritz's Good Morning Beautiful or whip up your own. Mix a couple of drops of your favourite, mood-boosting oils with some filtered water in a glass spray bottle. Shake and spritz for instant satisfaction.
You don't have to devote hours of your week to running or yoga or spin (though I do love all three of those!). Let's be honest, there's probably no time for that right now. But a 5 minute walk around the neighbourhood can be enough to banish the stress. Make it a family affair - enjoy spending time with your loved ones and go looking for the best decorated home in your 'hood. It will get your blood pumping, boost positive hormone levels and leave your stress behind.
This is a two-fold tip. First, drink lots of water. Typically water consumption slows down in the winter time but it is important that we keep our bodies hydrated and healthy. The second part is to keep your outsides hydrated. The dry, cold air is harsh on our skin. It's a lot easier to get through the hustle and bustle of the holidays when both our insides and outsides feel good.
It will have your skin feeling good in no time.
finally, savour the quiet moments
And make time for them. Mix some hot chocolate or steep some tea and gather everyone around the fire. Enjoy the crackling sound - even if you're watching the fire on TV. Phones, tablets and computers are off and away. Maybe your pj's are already on. Sit in silence and be mindful of the moment.
Sound off in the comments below: what's your #1 way to destress during this busy time of year?