There's just something special about the holidays: People seem happier and more generous, the weather feels nicer and everything looks a little brighter. But with all the holiday cheer comes loads of holiday shopping, which can seriously take a toll on mind and body.
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Next time you leave the mall feeling drained from the massive crowds of people, indulge yourself in one of these relaxing, oh-so-soothing self-care activities. And here's our, amid all the hectic craziness of family and food.
1. Take a bath or hot shower
Go ahead. Run a bath and make it all pretty for Instagram. You deserve to take the bath and show off the meticulously placed rose petals, bubbles and glass of wine you won't touch until you get the photo. Add a face mask or your favorite book for extra self-care points.
2. Go for a run or lift weights
There's no shortage of proof that exercise makes us happier. Moving your body releases all sorts of feel-good endorphins that improve your mood, and the act itself makes you feel strong, fit and productive. Some experts even say exercise can make us smarter, so head out on that next sweat sesh knowing that you might just come away with a better plan for next year's holiday shopping.
3. Get outside
If hitting the gym is the last thing you want to do after battling hordes of holiday shoppers (no shame in that), consider getting outside for an easy hike or walk. Spending some time in nature can chill you out and help you decompress. Really -- .
4. Take a nap
Sometimes, all you need (or want) is. An afternoon snooze, , can recharge you for a happy and productive evening.
5. Make a cozy drink
Hot cocoa, a homemade latte, warm herbal tea… Whichever suits your fancy, a steaming cup of something tasty can erase feelings of stress and anxiousness. Light a candle and curl up on the couch with afor ultimate coziness.
6. Paint, draw or knit
Express your feelings creatively. Painting, drawing, knitting and other creative endeavors can help you let off some steam, plus you end up with a creation you can be proud of!
reduce stress and anxiety, alleviate depression and improve sleep and memory. Some research even suggests that meditation can improve physical ailments, including pain and high blood pressure -- two more reasons to ohm and ahh for a few moments after holiday shopping.is known to
8. Turn on your diffuser
9. Bake some holiday goodies
Who doesn't love a Santa-shaped sugar cookie? Chances are you and all your family and friends do love holiday cookies. Baking offers a productive and creative way to get your mind off of holiday stress, so whip up a batch of goodies to share with friends and family (or to eat yourself, we're not judging you).
The information contained in this article is for educational and informational purposes only and is not intended as health or medical advice. Always consult a physician or other qualified health provider regarding any questions you may have about a medical condition or health objectives.