There is a lot to like about the holiday season – good food, friends, family and festive gatherings. But many of these things are also stressful. You have family coming from out of town and too many events to attend, not to mention everything on your regular schedule. If you are overwhelmed, here are a few tips to get you relaxed and back to enjoying yourself:
1. Just Say No
As difficult as it may be, you may need to cut back on attending events and hosting elaborate parties. These things should be fun, and if they aren't, it might be a good idea to rethink your priorities.
2. Keep It Simple
You may be putting too much pressure on yourself to make everything "perfect." This can take the form of overspending on elaborate gifts, which can cause financial stress, or worrying too much about party planning and hosting. Give yourself a break. Let people help you and make it a potluck.
3. Take Care Of Yourself
Give yourself the gift of good health and self-care. There are many ways to take time out for you even during the holiday season. Get enough rest and eat healthy foods. This last part can be challenging with so many goodies around. Put down the fudge and get some rest instead.
Pamper yourself a bit. Take a hot bath and listen to relaxing music. If you are out of your normal fitness routine, you may be feeling sluggish, or you may be feeling tense. Head to the gym and work those muscles. Take a break from all that shopping and go get a massage. This is a great gift to give yourself, and can help to ease the stress that you are experiencing.
In addition to a state-of-the-art gym, the Downtown Athletic Club also has a team of certified massage therapists available to help you feel pampered and relaxed. Try a Swedish massage or a hot stone massage to relax those tense muscles and say bye bye to holiday season stress. You don’t have to be a member to book a massage. Now through end of business on Dec. 24 get 10% off massage gift certificates. Plus, any massage purchased in December and January is qualified for a free aromatherapy upgrade.