Reduce Holiday Stress: 4 Self-Care Tips to Relax
With another year of full-time work, my first semester of graduate school, and several freelance projects under my belt in 2015, I’m desperate for ways to relax and recharge in ways that are effective and healing.
It’s time to stop romanticizing stress and take a well deserved break.
We know that there’s always more to do or accomplish, but we challenge you to give yourself an evening or even just an hour to unwind and let go of the stress for a little while. Here’s a step-by-step plan to help you do just that:
Step 1: The Playlist
As a music lover, I know better than most just how much music can affect mood.
Oliver Sacks, M.D. said in his book Musicophilia that “music is a part of being human.” I hope that during these last few weeks of the year, you can take a few minutes to use music to help yourself feel human.
Whether you’ve signed up to cook your family’s holiday feast and need to keep your stress levels in check, or you need accompaniment while you handle end-of-quarter deadlines with Olivia Pope-esque flair, or you want to fully relax by giving yourself a well deserved bubble bath or a drive through nature, this playlist is made for you. I hope it serves you well.
Step 2: The Self-Care
Source: Anna with Love for The Everygirl
It’s time to refresh and rejuvenate your body (and mind).
Take a bubble bath or a long shower and treat your feet with a pumice stone and some polish.
For goodness’ sake, get a great night’s sleep.
Whatever methods you choose, the point is to take a minute to feel healthy and beautiful—and you deserve it.
Step 3: The Food and Drink
Source: Danielle Moss for The Everygirl
Plain and simple: Don’t give yourself any dishes tonight. Order in and make yourself an amazing cocktail.
Step 4: The Entertainment
Source: Our Books In
Sometimes mindless entertainment is exactly what you need to stay sane. So, if hanging on the couch with your dog and a heated blanket while marathon-ing through an entire old season of Project Runway is exactly what you need, I say go for it!
If you’re in the mood for something that will both entertain and engage your mind, here are a few resources:
Since we’ve already talked about the way music can affect us, listen to this episode of Radiolab about the power of music in our lives.
Serial Season Two is out. Need we say more?
Let go of any negativity you might feel by watching this beautiful, uplifting documentary.
We hope you’re already switching out your weekend plans for a night of relaxation, but if our advice isn’t enough maybe you’ll listen to the great philosophers Tom Haverford and Donna Meagle: