Between Christmas lists and wrapping gifts, it’s true that Christmas can be the most special time of the year. But it can also be the most stressful time of the year. Whether you’re thinking about preparing the Christmas feast, your present wrapping looks like it was done by a cat or the freezer turned off overnight, it’s important to take time to relax.
Here at Meditation Relax Club we believe that Christmas should be a time of reflection and relaxation. 2015 is coming to an end so it’s only natural you’re a tad exhausted. We’ve put together a ‘How to De-Stress This Holiday Season’ guide to help with stress.
Fill Your Home With Beautiful Scents
Oh the power of aromatherapy! Imagine coming home at the end of a busy day of Christmas shopping knowing there’s big, hot bath, scented with lavender waiting for you.
The great thing about aromatherapy is that if you’re not a fan of oil, you can use scented candles! Surrounded yourself with beautiful smells works a natural stress remedy. It helps eradicate tension within your body as you breathe in deep the aroma, and exhale the stress. There’s an endless array of scents too; magnolia, rose, eucalyptus, cedarwood, the list goes on!
Treat yourself! You can do some DIY beauty treatments at home, men included. Taking some time to pamper our bodies always has a soothing effect on ourselves. This can be anything from moisturiser with gorgeous smelling lotion, hydrating your winter battered skin. Or giving yourself a home manicure as a reward if you’re not the biggest fan of gift wrapping.
Take Time To Reflect On Gratitude
Find a quiet space and get comfortable, it’s time to reflect on the good people and the good things in your life. Taking time to reflect on our lives is not only good for our attitude towards life, but it also works as a form of Christmas stress relief.
When we reflect on the things we should be grateful for it fills us with positive feelings, re-instating the Christmas spirit within ourselves. Reflection is also a natural stress remedy, which works all year round, helping us to be grateful and feel positive about our lives.
Snuggle Up With A Hot Drink
Sometimes there’s nothing better than snuggling up with a warm cup of tea after being out in wet and cold. Nuzzling yourself into your sofa, hands wrapped around your favourite cup that’s just that little bit too hot. Sounds like the best thing for stress relief doesn’t it?
Yes, something as simple as snuggling up with a warm drink works perfectly as a form of natural stress relief. And when the weather outside is frightful, there’s no better time to put the kettle on.
Staying active during the winter months can be hard. Totally understandable if you live in climate of rain, wind and snow. But your body still needs that attention, the opportunity to rid of physical energy. Thankfully, you don’t have to leave the house to stay active.
Yoga is the perfect activity for staying active and fit during the winter months as it can be done at home. All you need a yoga mat and the perfect music to help you get your zen on! Yoga is a perfect stress remedy for your body as it realises the tension built by stress. After an hour of exercise you’ll feel a whole lot relaxed and you’ll sleep better!
Watch Your Favourite Christmas Flicks
Think about it. There is only 6 weeks of the year where it is completely acceptable to watch Home Alone several times a week and it’s now! Letting your mind escape the daily dredge and stress of Christmas by settling down to watch your favourite Christmas flicks. Cosy up with a blanket and that warm cup of tea I mentioned early. Perfect for Christmas stress relief.
Try Creative Meditation
If you feel that sitting on a mat listening to Tibetan bells isn’t your thing you should try some creative methods of meditation. It’s another approach to finding the best thing for stress relief for you.
Creative meditation can be anything from drawing, colouring or painting if you like enjoy getting artistic. But perhaps you’re more of a cook? Think about it: you could relax and bake cheesecake at the same time. Then when you settle down to watch your favourite Christmas flick you’ll have your cheesecake ready and your tea made! What could be a better stress remedy?
Remember, as much as Christmas is about gift giving, it’s also a time to reflect on the year passed. So take some time out this Christmas season, give yourself time to de-stress and reflect.