It’s the holidays, a wonderful time to rejoice and relax. Hopefully you have time off work or your busy schedule to do some special things to mark the holiday. Unfortunately, with the hustle and bustle of the season and putting others before you, sometimes the holidays are more stressful than regular life. One of the most important things you can do at the end of the year is to take a little time to rejuvenate yourself so you can head into the New Year with a bright outlook.
Need some help figuring out how to relax? Don’t worry, we’ve compiled our list of 9 ways you can rejuvenate yourself during your holiday:
Pamper Yourself: If you’re the type that is always doing things for others – your kids, your family, your boss, your neighbors – it’s high time you relax and pamper yourself. You probably don’t have time for a 2-week spa vacation, but you can spend 2 hours enjoying a massage or facial, getting your hair blown out or having your nails done. Make this pamper time a personal retreat where you can pause your everyday thoughts and let your mind drift. Don’t rush it – sit and sip tea after your facial or relax in the massage chair at your nail salon for a few extra minutes. You deserve it!
Sleep In: Even if it takes hiring a babysitter to come at 7 a.m. to watch your kids, let your body have some extra zzz’s over your holiday. Sleep is the body’s way of recharging and refreshing. Your brain needs that as much as your body. You may think it’s a waste of time, but it will really save you a lot of time and make you a more pleasant person afterwards.
Get Dressed Up: Every gal feels great in a swanky outfit, heels and beautiful makeup. Find a reason to get dolled up and go out for a fun and festive night. Be sure to take your picture so you can remember what it felt like to look so good!
Give Back to Others: Spending time helping others in need is a wonderful way to rejuvenate yourself. It works two-fold: First, you’re doing a good deed for others who will greatly appreciate it. Feeling appreciated and helpful are two important positive emotions for the human psyche. Also, helping those less fortunate makes us feel grateful for what we have in our own lives. The simple feeling of gratitude has proven to make people happier and live longer.
Cleanse: A five-day body cleanse may not be your speed but you can take small steps to cleanse your body over your winter vacation. First, drink lots of water. Especially if you will be indulging in holiday treats and having a cocktail or two, water can help detoxify your body and flush out toxins and excess waste. Additionally, you may want to spend a day or two eating a very simple, natural diet of fruits and vegetables. This can often kickstart your body into a healthier state including not craving sugar and processed foods.
Buy Yourself Something Nice: If you are not on your own holiday gift list, add your name right now. It’s hard to love others before you love yourself. And as your own best friend, you deserve a present. Splurge on one thing that you really want this season, perhaps a new handbag, necklace or gadget. You’ll feel really good about using it or wearing it knowing that it was a well-deserved gift to yourself.
Reconnect: Use your holiday to reach out to friends and family you haven’t talked to in awhile. Set up a holiday lunch with old co-workers, find high school classmates on facebook, call an aunt or uncle you haven’t spoken to since your last family gathering. Reconnecting with people from your past will bring back happy memories and establish good relationships and contacts as you move into the New Year.
Meditate: In our active lives we often don’t have a chance to just BE. The practice of meditation allows you to free yourself of daily activities and endless to-do lists for a short time while your mind can find tranquility and peace. Often you can return to your day-to-day tasks with greater clarity, focus, creativity and productivity.
Write Down Your New Years Resolutions: Whether your goals change from year-to-year or you’re still striving for the same things, writing down your New Years Resolutions increases the chance of achieving them. Better yet, if you share your resolutions with loved ones so you feel accountable to accomplishing them, you have an even better shot at reaching your goals.
We wish you a warm holiday season filled with love, happiness and rejuvenation!