The missing Christmas music in stores, the congested checkout lines, and the lack of manger scenes in town are all symptoms of a hectic life. The holidays can be stressful for many, with the added pressure of gift-giving, traveling, and family gatherings. It’s essential to take time for yourself and relax during this busy season.
Here are a handful of tips for relaxing during the holidays:
Being in the moment can be as simple as taking a few deep breaths and focusing on who or what is in front of us. Shutting off the past and the future opens us up to the unique things that only happen in the present moment. Let go of your worries and stress, and be present by listening to others and observing their actions.
Do you know what I like most about practicing mindfulness?
When I listen attentively with a clear focus on the person I’m with, I remember what they say for weeks to come. I don’t have to memorize anything because the information is naturally stored in my brain for recall.
Take a Break from Social Media
It’s easy to get caught up in the constant stream of information and updates on social media, but it can also be overwhelming. Taking a break from screens can help you relax and recharge. Avoiding flickering images for a time will relax your mind.
There’s a direct correlation between social media viewing into the wee hours and exhaustion from a lack of sleep. Some compensate by using special glasses or blue light but turning off all devices an hour before bedtime is much easier. After a week of this practice, you’ll find improved levels of deep sleep.
Exercise or Do Something Active.
Physical activity can help reduce stress and improve your mood. Whether going for a walk or hitting the gym, finding time for movement can do wonders for your relaxation.
Numerous publications remind us that our bodies were never designed for sitting. Using standing desks, short breaks at the top of every hour, and parking in a spot further from the door always adds to our movement and health.
Find a Hobby or Activity that Brings Joy
Whether reading, knitting, model making, or cooking, finding something you enjoy can be a great way to relax and unwind. Hobbies and sports can bring balance to our lives with a refreshing turn of events or life patterns. Any form of recreation will reenergize our minds and bodies.
Make Time for Self-Care
This could be as simple as taking a hot bath or getting a massage. Taking time for yourself can help you relax and recharge. More importantly, it’ll help you build self-confidence and see your innate value, not your performance value.
Remember, taking a break and relaxing during the holidays is okay. It’s essential to take care of yourself and not get too caught up in the hustle and bustle. Try incorporating some relaxation techniques into your holiday routine and see how they work.
Copyright © 2022 by CJ Powers