It’s easy to get stressed out, over-committed and run-down during the holiday season. Your to-do list may be long but don’t forget to include yourself!
Vinyasa yourself to a happy place. The breathing and flow in a good Vinyasa yoga class can do wonders for not only your body but also your mood. Yoga apps on your phone make it easy to practice at home. Besides reducing stress, yoga helps with insomnia, lowers blood pressure, relieves chronic pain and arthritis. You’ll feel like a new and merry you by the time you reach shavasana!
2. Create Your Own Spa Moment at Home
Who needs the expense of an actual spa if you have a few candles? Treat yourself to a spa-like experience with a candle-lit bubble bath complete with calming music like Enya. L’Occitane makes the most luxurious lavender foaming bubble bath that will wash away all your holiday stress. Lavender Epsom salt is an inexpensive way to detoxify and relax. Just add a glass of wine, chamomile tea or cucumber water and you’ve got your very own well-deserved spa moment.
If you’ve never tried it, now is the time. This 2500 year old Chinese practice promotes and restores the balance and flow of energy (known as qi or chi). After just one appointment, acupuncture can help with fatigue, stress and over all well-being. Acupuncture is a great on-going treatment if you suffer from joint pain, arthritis or headaches. After dealing with the mall parking lot, you can handle a few painless needles.
4. Take a Tea Break
The English have it right and an afternoon tea can be a simple “me time” mid-day ceremony to gently restore your energy and calm you down. Consider green tea which is packed with antioxidants, improves brain function and increases fat burning. Chamomile tea is calming and helps upset and nervous stomachs. Any tea will have a calming effect if you take a moment to sit and sip.
5. Hide and Breathe
Even if you only have five minutes, take it! Busy stressed out moms might need to take five in a closet or laundry room to get a moment of peace and re-group. The holidays just add extra stress to over extended mothers. Close your eyes and breathe deeply while you think of a positive word like “calm, peace, relax or om”. You’ll feel like a better version of yourself even if you’re surrounded by cereal or laundry while you’re stealing a moment to breathe and re-store your sanity.
No matter which way you choose to relax, just remember to take time for yourself. Santa would really want you to.
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