This post was sponsored and all opinions are my own.
The holiday season seems to be so fast-paced this year! Between Christmas starting earlier and earlier (some people I know had their trees up on November 1st!), it can cause stress as we struggle to keep up. Taking the time to de-stress and relax is important especially around the hustle and bustle of the holidays. I’ve got a few ideas for you to relax your mind and body when you’re feeling stressed.
Don’t forget to breathe. There are apps on your phone to help you meditate and take a few moments for yourself. Try to make this a daily routine since it works for everyone and it’s free!
Relax your muscles. Stretch your arms, roll your shoulders back, move your head from side to side. It’s a seemingly simple task that you can help you feel less stress.
Light a candle. Not only are candles easy gift ideas that everyone loves, they also can provide a soothing environment once lit! Sometimes I go for seasonal scents during the holidays, however, when I’m looking to de-stress I like relaxing scents. Chesapeake Bay Mind & Body candles are inspired by aromatherapy and wellness, and I was able to sample four different scents from the Mind & Body Collection. Trust me, they really did provide a calming scent throughout my home!
The Confidence + Freedom Coffee Table Jar Candle has an Oak Moss Amber scent that reminds me of the outdoors. It contains Copaiba, Fir, Lemon, and Patchouli essential oils. My husband claimed this one for our bedroom since it was his favorite scent.
The Reflection + Clarity Coffee Table Jar Candle in Sea Salt Sage was soothing with orange, chamomile, lavender, laurel, patchouli, and tea essential oils.
Peace + Tranquility Medium Jar Candle has a cashmere jasmine scent with Ylang Ylang, lemon, and cedarwood essential oils.
Ylang Ylang is actually one of my favorite essential oils, so to have that scent in an easy to access candle is awesome.
Balance + Harmony Large Jar Candle has a waterlily pear scent with orange essential oil. The aqua is actually my favorite color and one of my home decor goals. I have this candle on our coffee table now, and it truly does calm me down after a long day.
They are soy wax blend candles with lead-free cotton wicks. These candles were all designed and poured in the USA.
If you haven’t used candles as part of your everyday routine, now is the time to start. Sometimes I forget to light a candle or I don’t go out and buy one, but when I do, I notice my mood is instantly brighter. Consider having a nice candle by the bathtub, in the kitchen, and on your coffee table.
Read a book. This is probably a no-brainer, but I forget to make time for myself. Take even just ten minutes to read a motivational or inspirational book to help you relax.
Use a planner. Holidays can be hectic, but writing it all down in a planner can help! Braindump everything that you need to do, map out the Christmas meal plan, write out everyone’s holiday wish lists. Whether it’s a paper planner or just the Notes app on your phone, keep it together this year.
Don’t over shop. Sometimes holiday stress comes from battling crowds at the supermarket or standing in long lines for something that you might not need anyway. Shop online or save money by only buying things that you truly need. I’m guilty of shopping major sales and end up returning things down the road. I know that I don’t need it, and sometimes I just have to bring it home with me to make sure!
Take a walk after dinner. Exercising can help us clear our mind and I read that people who exercise regularly build up a type of immunity to stress.
The holiday season can be overwhelming for some. Don’t forget to take time for yourself and invest in what matters most. Don’t worry about all that “stuff” this year. De-stress with a good book, a nice Chesapeake Bay Mind & Body candle, and a de-cluttered mind.
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