“Gratitude makes sense of our past, brings peace for today, and creates a vision for tomorrow”
– Melody Beattie
Hello my lovelies!
‘Tis the season for family, friends, food, and copious amounts of stress. If you’re anything like me, you won’t be seeing a break in your hectic schedule until springtime. The key to charging through the chaos, of course, is to find techniques and routines that help you relax during this busy time. Not sure where to start? Check out my method to keeping my stress levels low and manageable below!
Let’s Get Started:
Make Time For Yourself –
This is inarguably the most important piece of advice I can give. Pick a part of your day where you can be alone, uninterrupted, and relaxed. I know that we all lead hectic lives and have responsibilities, relationships, jobs or school to maintain, but how can you expect to succeed in all of those things if you’re not taking time to be your best self? I would highly recommend a 1-2 hour block of time before bed, as everything that needed doing during the day is now behind you.
This can either be guided or free form, whatever works best for you. I love using an app on my phone to pick and choose what I feel I need to kickstart my day, and using other meditations to help me relax my body at night. Mediation has so many amazing benefits, from reducing anxiety and depression, to increasing overall cognitive brain function. Since I’ve started my journey through mindfulness, I have learned to have a far more positive outlook on life and have reduced my anxiety significantly. It may seem crazy, but over time, it becomes obvious when you’ve missed a mindfulness practice, mostly to yourself, but potentially to those around you as well.
Drink Some Wine –
What? Alcohol for stress? Sounds like a bad idea right? The idea is moderation. If you can, stick with a red wine, as the benefits of red wine far outweigh the benefits of white. A single glass with dinner can help to reduce stress, anxiety, and create a calming sensation within the body before bedtime. If you absolutely do not want to drink wine, opt for decaffeinated tea instead.
Light A Candle –
I don’t have a lot of science to offer with this, but boy is a candle relaxing. Lighting up your favorite scented candle, dimming the lights, and getting comfy isn’t just reserved for getting in the mood, it’s also a great way to settle in for the night and relax. I love picking candles that coordinate with a holiday or weather change, with my current pick being “Wine Cellar” to represent a chilly-but-cozy vibe. Incense or an essential oil diffuser also work if either of those are more your speed.
Whether it’s yoga, running, strength training, or walking, regular physical activity is a fantastic way to keep stress at bay. Whatever your level of fitness, there’s always an activity for you. The worst thing you can do for yourself during stressful periods of time is putting physical activity on the back burner. After a good workout, endorphins release into our brain, giving us that happy, stress-free feeling that we often associate with activities we like. Regular exercise can also alleviate those winter blues that many of us fall victim to, leading to an overall happier and healthier life.
Practice Self Care –
Give yourself a manicure and pedicure. Put on a face mask. Lather up with some lotion. Watch a favorite movie or tv show. Read a book. Do things that make YOU happy and keep you rested and healthy enough to take on whatever comes your way. My nightly skincare routine is my place of happiness, and the action of doing all of my skincare steps always gives me a relaxed, carefree sensation to close out an often stressful day.
That’s all I have for you guys today. Please remember to like, comment, and subscribe, it really helps me out. Also don’t forget to have a fabulous Friday!
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