We get it. With all the last minute shopping, house guests, decorating and endless entertaining, the holidays can get a little crazy — and at times, super stressful. To help take the edge off your holiday season, we’ve compiled a list of easy ways to find a bit of peace amongst the madness.
Hydrate, hydrate, hydrate!
It may seem like a no-brainer, but when you’re busy with gift wrapping or bouncing from party to party, drinking the almighty H20 is quite often the first priority to drop to the bottom of any to-do list. To maintain a healthy balance of fluids, keep a water bottle handy and jazz it up with fresh lemons or berries. It will help flush out toxins and act as a tasty reminder to drink up!
Strike a pose.
You don’t have to be an advanced yogi to reap the calming and restorative benefits of yoga. “Legs up the wall” — or Viparita Karani in Sanskrit — is a mild inversion pose that promotes circulation, improves digestion and reduces stress on the legs and feet. In a nutshell: it feels amazing. Simply sit with your shoulder against a wall and gently swing your legs up to a flush 90 degree position. Relax your hips and thighs, stretch your arms across the floor, and let the relaxation begin. (For the more advanced, try the full inversion headstand pictured above!).
Sit in stillness for 5 minutes.
When the holiday hubbub is too much to bear, retreat to a quiet room and prepare to direct your focus inward (no cell phones, tablets, or technology allowed!). Find a position that’s comfortable — a meditation seat or child’s pose both work well — and close your eyes, concentrate on your breath, and clear your mind. This simple exercise will allow you to emerge refocused and refreshed to tackle the day.
Get a massage.
The power of touch can be transformative. And since you’re likely spending most of your energy fretting over gifts to delight friends and family, we’re giving you permission to treat yourself, too. Just 30 minutes under the the magical, therapeutic care of a licensed masseuse can work wonders on an over-stressed mind and body. So go ahead, give yourself a wellness break and take on the holidays with zen-like grace!