7 Ways to Unwind After the Holiday Hustle
Some of us may be feeling a bit sad that the holidays have come and gone so fast. Many though, if not most of us, are thinking about what a relief it is to finally be able to take a much-needed break from the holiday hustle. Some may even be looking forward to getting back to their normal routine. For the latter group, perhaps taking a bit of time for you is the best route after all the parties and gift giving. The best way to relax is to create that “me time” in your own unique way. Something on our list of relaxation techniques is sure to entice anyone’s individual interests. Soon enough, you’ll be ready to tackle anything.
Meditating is a great and easy way to reduce stress and control anxiety. It is something that not only works as you’re practicing it, but stays with you long-term. Regular meditation is becoming an ever-popular method of all natural anxiety relief. Do a little bit of research. There are different methods of meditation. One of them will surely be a good fit for you.
Pick up a Book
Not everyone is a big reader. For those who are though, it’s a great go-to way to calm down and become a bit more at-ease. Focusing on a good story is one of the best ways to drown out all the other things going on in your head. If you aren’t much of a reader, pick up a magazine or newspaper. Even the daily news and gossip columns will keep your mind focused.
Sit by the Fire
Whether you have an indoor fireplace, a wood stove, or an outdoor fire pit, enjoy the heat! The great thing about a fire pit especially, is that you can enjoy it almost any time of the year. Spend an hour or to around the fire at home with your family or with a few close friends in their backyard. Both can are very therapeutic, depending on what you are in the mood for. All you have to do is decide which option you prefer, and then sit back, relax, and start the fire.
Have a Cup of Tea
Letting a big mug of tea warm you up has both has a calming effect, as well as some health benefits. You almost can’t go wrong when enjoying a cup. Chamomile tea in particular, has relaxation and sleep-inducing benefits, can reduce inflammation, and can treat cold symptoms. Nothing is better than getting a good night’s sleep, right? Kick-start that with a cup of chamomile and you’ll be more rested and ready for the upcoming day.
Like meditation, yoga is focused on the promotion of mental health and self-awareness. Practicing yoga though, is also beneficial to your physical well-being. Stretching those muscles that you rarely use and holding poses to test your core strength can be a challenge, but the end result is very rewarding. Many people use yoga for stress relief. Its popularity seems to be sticking around. Give it a try. You may find it is your new favorite health regimen.
Take a Hot Bath
As Sylvia Plath stated in the classic novel, The Bell Jar, “There must be quite a few things a hot bath won’t cure, but I don’t know many of them.” It is a difficult statement to disagree with! When all else fails, take a bath. Light a candle, put on some soft music, and just sit and soak. There are so many other soothing options to throw in the mix too now with the popularity of bath bombs and salts. Find the one that is right for you simply enjoy the moment.
Get a Massage
Who doesn’t love a good massage? If you have a go-to massage therapist, call them up. Book that appointment. If you’re not sure who to go to, ask around. It is likely that one or two close friends or family members will offer up a reputable masseuse. A professional massage is a really wonderful was to take some time for you. Who knows? Maybe you will make it your post-holiday tradition from here on out.
After so many long days of cooking, entertaining, and shopping, it’s likely you’ll want to take advantage of some of these relaxation techniques. Luckily, most of these options are inexpensive ideas that you can even do at home. If you are planning on moving to a new home this New Year though, Arpin can help. Just visit www.arpin.com and you can get started on finding a local agent to help with your move today.
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