Last week was so chaotic that my theme song was “Living on a Prayer” because I was living off of holiday hors d’oeuvres and very little sleep. Despite the craziness, I stayed (mostly) sane by sneaking some time for myself. Here’s how I did it!
Light a candle. I don’t know about y’all, but just the presence of a lit candle helps me to relax. I stocked up at the last Bath & Body Works sale, and I have them stashed everywhere.
Soak in a bath. Light your relaxing candle in your bathroom, and soak in the tub for a bit. Whether you enjoy a few moments of silence, play some relaxing music, or use it as an opportunity to deep condition your hair, you’ll emerge feeling more relaxed and less tense.
Watch a cheesy Christmas movie while wrapping Christmas gifts. If you have to do things to prepare for the holidays, why not enjoy a Hallmark Christmas movie while doing so or get caught up on a couple of episodes of your favorite show on Netflix? Before I moved out on my own, my mom and I would stay up late on Christmas Eve wrapping gifts, and I would always watch the Batman marathon. I didn’t love wrapping gifts, but I do love Batman movies, so it made it a million times more enjoyable!
Read. Reading is the perfect distraction from chaos. I have a subscription to Readly, which allows me to read just about any magazine that’s out there, even back issues and international versions of fashion magazines. (Seriously my favorite part of my subscription, because those babies are expensive if you buy a hard copy!) You can read it from your desktop or download the app, so you can relax no matter where you are.
Enjoy a hot beverage. This is my trick for relaxing at work or after a long day of holiday shenanigans. Whenever I need a second to myself, I make a cup of tea and allow drinking it to be my focus. I know that sounds crazy and crunchy, but think about it. Most mornings, we slurp as much coffee as possible while on our commute or sorting through emails at our desk. We don’t take time to enjoy it. I drink my green tea, take a few deep breaths, and enjoy the warmth of the mug before diving back into writing copy.
Say no. You can’t do it all… and you don’t have to! If I went to everything I was invited/expected to attend, I would be triple booked most nights. For me, saying no means I’m going to one thing every day after work and not bothering with event hopping. For others, it may be going to two events each week leading up to Christmas, or just saying no to it all! Do what’s best for you and makes you the happiest… your sanity will thank you 😉
What is your number one tip for preserving your sanity over the holidays? I’d love to hear it!
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