The holidays bring along a lot of unwanted stress for many people, whether it’s the planning or having guests stay with you from out of town. We may not notice until afterward that it was stressing us out so that it is why it is best to take preventative measures. That is why we have created a list of our top self-care tips to reduce holiday stress.
Self-care is defined by; the practice of taking an active role in protecting one's own well-being and happiness, in particular during periods of stress.
Each person can define self-care in a different way depending on their wants and needs. For one person it could mean going to the spa for the day yet another it could mean hitting the gym for a fulfilling workout session. The overall goal is the same for everyone though, TAKING CARE OF THEMSELVES.
Massage therapy is great for removing the stress that has built up in your body, especially during the holidays. Eases your mind and body to give you that restart you have been looking for. This will eliminate toxins and will help to improve your sleep. If you haven’t gotten a massage lately, this is a sign...make an appointment now :)
Aromatherapy is something that many may not have done before...but trust us, it works! This will help to reduce your stress and anxiety that may come along with the holidays. It will treat headaches and migraines, and can even help to manage pain. Lavender essential oils are one of the most studied oils when it comes to the relaxing effects that it has on the body. Stressed out? Try using a lemon essential oil, this scent promotes concentration and has calming and clarifying properties that are helpful when you're feeling stressed or run down.
Listening to your favorite song or playlist will increase your happiness and will elevate your mood. It also will decrease your stress and puts you at ease. Driving to go get some of your Christmas shopping done? Put on your favorite playlist and go!
Learning something new enhances your quality of life and will provide you with an escape if and when you need it most. This will improve your mental health and a lot of times will help you gain confidence, especially if it is something that you can teach to others after you learn it. Whether it is reading a new book, listening to a new podcast, or watching a documentary; you can always be on the lookout to gain more knowledge.
Meditation has been used for so many years now to reduce your stress which is the main reason people meditate. It will also help to control any anxiety you may have, increases your emotional help and makes you more self-aware. Take the time to sit down and destress yourself this holiday season, meditation not your thing? Give yoga a try to put your body and mind to the test.
Creating a gratitude list during times that are more stressful will help you stop and remember everything that you are thankful for. First thing in the morning or last thing at night, jot down a few things that you are grateful for that happened throughout the day or from the day before. This will help to boost your mood and ease your mind.
Taking a break from the screen will help to balance out your life. Today so many people are too invested in their screen time instead of real-time. This can help to ease anxiety and increase your happiness actually spending time with the ones you love and not staring at a screen.
This one is one that we definitely believe should be included in your self-care routine. Exercise has so many benefits to it including increasing your overall well-being. This will get your mind off of any stress you may have and gets the endorphins going. Hit the gym today and get moving!
Taking a day off of your busy schedule gives your mind a “reset” and gets it ready to start tackling all of your tasks again. Give yourself some “you” time and see how much it will increase your mood and relieve a lot of your stress.
Sleep helps to give you a fresh start and to help you think more clearly the following day. This is great for reducing stress and improving your mood. It lowers your risk of getting sick and helps you get a lot with people better, especially during the holidays when you are around everyone.