With the advent of the social and familial whirl that heralds the Holiday Season, we wanted to give you some strategies to navigate the oncoming flood of parties and get-togethers. Planning for future activities will give you a sense of mastery and control over sometimes overwhelming events – even if they are fun! We want you to enjoy the coming weeks, so consider the following:
- Make sure you’re getting some aerobic exercise. We suppose you could count dodging other shoppers in the mall, but we were thinking more along the lines of walking, jogging, swimming, or other fun and endorphin-releasing experiences. How about blasting some of your favorite music and dancing around the living room? Sure, if you really want to, you could dance with a feather duster or a vacuum cleaner, but make sure you’re having fun!
- Call today to schedule your salon and spa appointments for upcoming special events! We want to make sure you have plenty of time for cuts, color, manicures, pedicures, and waxing!
- Hydrate, hydrate, hydrate! Get yourself a cute water bottle and make sure you’re sipping from it regularly throughout the day. If the bottle has measurements, you’ll have a pretty good idea of how much water you’re drinking.
- Get some good rest! Even Merry Gentlemen have to do it. If you have a big party scheduled for the upcoming weekend, consider going to bed before 10 p.m. during the rest of the week.
- Shop early! Pace yourself. Make a list and stick with it. Pay with cash whenever possible. Consider hiring high school or college students to wrap your presents. Sometimes students need to fulfill service hours for school and this may be a great way to help everyone involved!
- Breathe deeply – even if it’s 3-5 deep belly breaths while sitting at a red light. Take a few minutes each day to reconnect with yourself and your breath. Deep breathing allows more oxygen to get into your system and resets your stress responses.
- Give yourself the gift of relaxation. Schedule a massage, facial, or other spa treatment just because you deserve it!
- At the end of the day, write up a gratitude list. You can’t worry and feel grateful at the same time. Which would you rather do?
These are some of our staff recommended strategies to navigate the Holiday Season. What are some of your favorite and time-tested ways of Stamping Out Stress?