Happy Happy Wednesday! WE ONLY HAVE 5 MORE DAYS TILL CHRISTMAS! I don’t know about all of you but I am NOT ready. However the gifts have all been purchased, which is what matters most. A friend of mine still hasn’t bought her husband a present yet, but she said she’s looking online at https://www.watchshopping.com/hamilton/ for his present as we speak. While I have purchased everything, it sitll needs to be wrapped. This year I have been a little hesitant on wrapping with a toddler running around. She isn’t quite 2 yet, but is picking up on everything so fast. On top of that, we have decided to ask Santa for gifts from him and then mommy and daddy will get gifts. So obviously Santa is going to have different wrapping paper than mommy and daddy………..
Raise your hand if you are feeling the stress of the holidays. MEEEE!! Since most of us will refuse to take a break until the last present has been ripped open I wanted to share with you some of my top ways to de-stress.
Over this past summer I have started taking some yoga classes at my local yoga studio. It started out as a way for me to help get me in shape. It has quickly become one of my favorite ways to de-stress. In the start of the class I will be feeling flustered (probably because I had to rush to get their) and stressed mess. By the end of the hour and a half I am so much more calm. During these past few months I haven’t been able to go as often as I would like to. One of my resolutions for the new year is to attend a class once a week, along with working on my practice in my home. for me, yoga isn’t just a great way to work on increasing my flexibility and balance. It is helping keep that inner balance that we all need.
I recently discovered a new fave blog, LaBeaute. While I was reading some of Elle’s articles on beauty and skincare I found her Christmas Wishlist post. One of the items on her list is a massage oil. I love this idea for de-stressing because it has double duty. Not only is it great for de-stressing from the holidays, but it is also great for gifts and can be a VERY nice way to connect with your significant other. There are so many different types of massage oils out there, but my fave are the warming kind. That extra warming sensation is perfect for helping re leave the tension in our muscles from all the wrapping and cooking.
Along the same lines as massage, I find aromatherapy to be a great stress re-leaver. If you just can’t seem to find the time to sit down and relax, light a candle or put out a new diffuser with a scent you love. Having something in the air that makes me stop and breathe deeply, just like in those commercials, is a quick way to relax. I love having candles and wax warmers going in my home. For me candles can make my home feel cozy. In the evenings I will turn off the lights and enjoy the glow from the Christmas tree and the candles burning.
I have always been an artsy and creative person. I loved getting anything craft related for Christmas and my birthday. When I was in my teens my mom taught me how to crochet. Her mom and taught her and then she taught me. I would love it if one day my daughter wants me to teach her. Crafting is a perfect idea to help you de-stress. You can zone out on everything else that is going on around and focus on the project that is right in front of you. At the moment, I love playing around and getting creative with planners. I found these Happy Planners at the beginning of the year and have gotten a few of my co-workers addicted. They are great if you are wanting to organize your life and all of the stickers can unleash your creative gene.
This is something I think most of us use to do when we were younger. Write down our deepest feeling. Keeping a journal is an easy way to get the things out of our heads that can eat at us. Taking a few minutes a day or a week can help de-stress us. Some times when we feel like we don’t have someone we can turn to and vent, a little notebook can be your best friend. It may seem a little silly to just start writing so using a journal prompt is a good way to get the ball rolling. I had started keeping a journal at the beginning of the year, but with this thing called life it got away from me.
No matter what it is you do to help you de-stress after the holidays, the one thing these all have in common is that you are taking time for yourself. Self love is something our souls need to thrive. If we aren’t taking the time to recharge, than we are not going to be able to care for the people we love who need us the most. What do you to de-stress?