A Few Ways to Decompress this Holiday Season

With so many holidays smashed together so closely during this season, it's really easy to get swept away with all the lists, organizing, cooking, and shopping. But don't forget to take time for the most important part of the equation… you!

Remember that if you don't keep yourself happy and healthy, nothing is going to get done. Here are a few ideas to keep in the back of your mind amongst the frenzy of trying to make everything perfect this Holiday Season.

Time Out: Do you have lots of people around you all the time needing you for all sorts of things? Well, how about taking a ten-minute 'time out' each day this month just for you. Fill that time with anything that makes you happy and calms your mind, like enjoying a glass of wine or cup of tea in silence in your favorite chair. Let everyone in your life know that this is your time and put a "Do Not Disturb" sign up as a reminder.

Pamper Yourself: Take one day this month and go to the spa or get a massage or spend a few extra minutes at the gym to hop in the steam room. Stress can accumulate in your body and wear you down. Remember to stop and take care of letting it go. Everyone in your life will thank you for it.

Bath Time: Don't have time for the spa? Make one at home. Burn a few candles and get some lavender salts for a luxurious in-home spa time. Try to do this a few times a week, even if it's only for a short time; it will make a world of difference.

Scents: Fill your home with smells that bring peace, happiness and good memories to you. Smells can bring up fabulous feelings and change your mood.

Work(out) Through It: You have got to find a way to get that stress out, so why not use physical exercise to keep everything balanced? Sign up for your favorite yoga, pilates, zumba, dance or group class. Go for a 20 minute jog or walk.

Delegate: Asking for help isn't a sign of weakness, it's a sign of strength. Relinquishing some control just might be what you need to turn this year's holiday season into a stress-free one.

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