I’m sure many of you are feeling the craziness of the holidays and what the end of the year brings. As much as I love this time of year–and I really do–I also know that I need my “me time” to collect and regroup. This led to the inspiration for this post, which is all about how to give yourself a break when life gets a little more hectic than usual.
Turn off electronics
I told myself in this post that I needed to reduce my habit of checking emails after work. Certainly there are exceptions to this rule, but for the most part, I believe that this is achievable. Be present and focus on who you’re with, especially during the holidays, and put your cell phone aside. Otherwise, your mind wanders to other things, making it very hard to relax.
Make yourself a warm beverage (without caffeine)
I always joke that a cup of hot chocolate, lemon water, or tea is like a warm hug. I promise you, it is! There’s something about sipping a warm beverage that puts me at ease, especially when I’m at home. As tempting as it can be to opt for something with caffeine, I recommend skipping it to truly put yourself in relaxation mode.
Watch trashy TV
This one might be a little weird to some, but I don’t care what anyone says; I love unwinding with some trashy, reality TV. Real Housewives is my personal favorite. After a really stressful day, I love turning my mind off with trashy TV. It doesn’t require me to do any thinking!
Take a yoga class
While I love many different types of exercise, yoga is really the one that focuses just as much on the mind as it does on the body (if not more). As hard as it is for me to turn my mind off, yoga really is all about being present and putting everything else aside. It’s nice to have that hour where someone is “forcing” you to focus on yourself.
Say no to plans
I know the holidays are all about being with the ones you love, but don’t feel like you have to fill up your calendar with something every single day. If anything, make plans after the holidays. That way, you have things to look forward to!