There is just something special about the holiday: people seem happier and more generous, the weather feels more pleasant and everything looks a little brighter. But with all the holiday spirit comes a lot of holiday shopping, which can take a heavy toll on body and soul.
The next time you leave the mall with an empty feeling of the mass of people, spoil yourself with one of these relaxed, oh-so calming self-care activities.
. Take a bath or a hot shower.
Go ahead. Take a bath and make it all beautiful for Instagram. You deserve to take the bath and show off the carefully placed rose petals, bubbles and a glass of wine that you don't touch until you get the photo. Add a face mask or your favorite book for extra self-care items.
2. Go running or lift weights.
There is no shortage of evidence that exercise makes us happier. As you move your body, all kinds of feel-good endorphins are released that improve your mood, and the act itself makes you feel strong, fit and productive. Some experts even say that exercise can make us smarter, so head to that next sweat, knowing that you might just get away with a better shopping plan for next year.
3. Go outside.
If the last thing you want to do after fighting hordes of vacationers (no shame) is the gym, consider going outside for an easy walk or hike. Spending some time in nature can help you relax and decompress. Really –.
4. Take a nap.
Sometimes the only thing you need (or want) is a good nap . A snooze in the afternoon,can be charged for a happy and productive evening.
5. Make a nice drink.
Hot chocolate, a homemade latte, hot herbal tea … Whatever you want, a steaming cup with something tasty can take away feelings of stress and anxiety. Light a candle and curl up on the couch with afor ultimate cosiness.
6. Paint, draw or knit.
Creatively express your feelings. Painting, drawing, knitting and other creative efforts can help you blow off steam, plus you end up with a creation that you can be proud of!
is known to reduce stress and anxiety, relieve depression and improve sleep and memory. Some studies even suggest that meditation can improve physical ailments, including pain and high blood pressure – two more reasons to improve ohm and ahh a few moments after shopping at a vacation.
8. Switch on your diffuser.
Essential oils certainly smell nice, and the right scent can help you relax after a long day of pushing carts. A beautifully designed essential oil diffuser makes it even more exciting.
9. Bake some holiday goodies.
Who does not like a sugar cookie in the shape of Santa Claus? There is a good chance that you and all your family and friends will love holiday cookies. Baking offers a productive and creative way to put your vacation under pressure, so make a lot of goodies to share with friends and family (or to eat yourself, we don't judge you).