5 Easy Ways to Escape Holiday Burnout
Caught in an endless cycle of baking, shopping, and wrapping? Slow down and recharge so you don‘t lose sight of what really matters (like taking care of yourself).
Go to your happy place
Designate at least one room or corner of your home a “no holiday zone.” No piles of wrapping paper. No jingly bells. No photogenic reminders that you are way behind on your own season’s greetings. Just a private space that’s free of clutter and full of what you love—a comfortable armchair or chaise, a warm throw, your favorite colors. Even if you only have 10 minutes to spare, try to retreat to this spot at least once a day. Meditate, listen to music, read, write in a journal, knit...anything that takes your mind off the hustle and bustle and helps put you in a more relaxed, mindful state.
Follow your nose
Smells like citrus, peppermint, and lemon oil are thought to decrease anxiety and boost our mood; floral scents make some people feel happier. What’s great about aromatherapy is that you can indulge anytime, anywhere. Keep a tin of peppermints in your purse, plug a bergamot–orange diffuser into the car, and go ahead–treat yourself to a fresh bouquet of flowers every week. Just remember to pause every once in a while...and inhale.
Take a power nap
Studies show that a 20–minute mid–day snooze reduces stress hormone levels and boosts cognitive and motor performance. So shut the curtains or blinds, pop on a soothing lavender sleep mask, and curl up under your softest, comfiest duvet. Leave your cell phone in the next room to minimize distractions, but set your bedside alarm to keep you on–task and avoid getting too groggy.
Work it out
No, we’re not talking about the break–a–sweat kind; we mean the roll–and–stretch–your–muscles kind. From card–writing hand cramps to shopping–bag backaches, the holidays can be a pain–literally! If you’re feeling stiff or need to take a break, try these simple stretches to improve strength and flexibility. Got a free hour? Give yourself an early holiday gift and splurge on a massage. Short on time and cash? Try a quickie mall massage on your next shopping trip (or ask your partner!).
Soak up some “me time”
A nightly bath ritual is a gift that keeps on giving. Not only is it a welcome chance to get lost in the present moment, soaking in a warm tub one hour before bed can improve your sleep quality so you‘ll be better rested the next day. Create a spa-like oasis for yourself with soft, extra thick towels, scented candles, a plush bath mat, and pampering products like a hot salt scrub and rich body butter.