With the hustle and bustle of the holidays on its way, it can be easy to get overwhelmed with all the obligations that the season brings, so it is important to remember to take the time out of your day for self-care.
To make your holidays less stressful, here are some helpful tips to de-stress and carve out some highly important time for YOU. While seeing family and friends is exciting, the long lines, travel, and preparation for the holidays can bring on stress, so taking the time to care for your own needs and emotions is crucial during the season of giving.
Take the time to schedule activities. Set a timer or an alarm to remind you to pause during the day to participate in self-care activities such as exercise, reading, meditation, or other hobbies you enjoy. By scheduling your self-care activity, you can plan your day around it, making you more likely to stay on schedule. Our facility features group exercise classes, personal training services, and a wide range of quality exercise equipment to help you relieve your holiday stress.
Try relaxation techniques. Consider doing deep breathing, listening to peaceful, soothing music, or try taking a yoga class. Yoga is a mind-body practice bringing together the physical and mental disciplines that can help you achieve peacefulness in both your body and your mind. Certain yoga poses, particularly forward bends and inversions can promote a calming and relaxing effect throughout your whole body, helping to release tension.
Yoga can also help you relax your mind by slowing down your breathing and teaching you how to breathe more effectively using your diaphragm and full lung capacity, which can also help reduce stress.
Eat Healthy Food and Get Your Rest. With all the special meals and treats the holidays bring, be sure to have a game plan for how you will enjoy them while balancing a healthy diet. To help avoid overeating during the holidays try starting each meal with a broth-based soup or salad with a light dressing, making it easier to eat a smaller portion of the richer food without going hungry.
You should also stay hydrated to help with digestion and aid in feeling full. Pack snacks if you plan to be out all day, helping you avoid fast food and don’t arrive at a party hungry to help you avoid the plates of appetizers or cookies.
It is also recommended that you get anywhere from 7 to 9 hours of sleep each night to help you feel your best.
Treat yourself to one of our many therapeutic and healing options services, including massage therapy, which is an effective way to relieve stress. Massage can lower your blood pressure and heart rate, while also relaxing your muscles and helping to increase the production of endorphins. Massage also releases serotonin and dopamine which promote calm and relaxation.
Take a break from your holiday errands and visit us today at Spa Harmony. You can also enjoy the fitness center, spin room, sauna, and more offered at the Wilfred R. Cameron Wellness Center. Give yourself the gift of self-care and visit us today. Gift cards can also be purchased at Spa Harmony so that you can give the gift of relaxation to your loved ones!