As much fun as the holidays can be, they’re also very stressful. Don’t forget to take some time for yourself this season and relax. Even though it’s the season of giving, that doesn’t mean you can’t treat yourself from time to time. Below are some ways I like to take time for myself and get rid of the stress that comes with such a busy season.
One of my favorite ways to relax is with a nice, hot bath and a glass of wine. I’m a white wine girl, so I prefer sauvignon blanc, but red wine is supposedly good for heart health, so no judgements here. I really enjoy adding bath bombs to the tub, because they smell amazing and it’s fun to watch the water turn different colors. I feel like a little kid again. I especially like to use bath bombs that have essential oils in them, because they are specifically designed to relieve stress, ease muscle soreness, and even strengthen your immune health. At the bottom of this post are some pictures that link to some highly rated bath bomb sets infused with essential oils.
I’m also a bookworm, so I love to curl up with a hot cup of coffee, hot chocolate, or apple cider and read whatever book I’m working through at the moment. I’ve recently decided to start the Lord of the Rings trilogy, but I haven’t made it very far. Not because it’s not good, just because it’s hard to take my own advice and take some time for myself. My favorite kind of books, though, are mystery novels. I love pouring over the pages and trying to figure out who the killer is before the protagonist does. Very rarely am I successful, but even a blind squirrel finds a nut every now and then.
Online shopping may be one of my vices. Even though I do it a lot without buying anything, I still just like to look through all the products, put them in my cart, and then decide later I don’t need them. But, this is a time for treating ourselves, so why not give yourself the gift of whatever you’ve had stored in your cart for the past few weeks? I especially like to scroll through makeup sites, like Ulta, because their sites are aesthetically appealing, first of all, and I learn about a lot of new products that I may want to try. I also like going through clothing sites like Kohls and Old Navy to see what’s new.
Whatever your relaxation technique, make sure to take time for yourself this holiday season. Too much stress can wreck your immune system, so it’s important to find ways to reduce it so you can stay healthy for all the festivities. Take some time today and treat yourself.