Holidays are great, but they can also be very stressful. There’s so much to do and not enough time to do it in. To avoid getting overwhelmed between now and New Year’s, here are some suggestions to manage the mayhem.
1) Shorten your to-do list. Yes, that’s right. There’s a lot to be said for simplifying. One year, I decided to not send holiday cards. Gasp! You know what? The world did not end and my friends and relatives did not abandon me. This might be the year to cut back your list, buy fewer presents, use gift bags instead of wrapping paper, make 3 dozen fewer holiday cookies (or just buy them). You get the idea.
2) Stop scrimping on sleep. Ok, here’s the deal. You can’t make up for lost sleep on the weekends. It’s tempting to stay up later to wrap gifts, clean the guest room and finish other chores, but you’re going to pay for it with decreased energy and that lethargic, dragged down feeling. If you find your mind reeling with that to-do list, there are products that can help you fall asleep faster. A few we like:
Lavender Sheet Spray - a few sprays on your sheets and you’ll be sleeping like a baby
Sleep Mask- special curved design allows for freedom of eye movement
3) Make me-time a priority. It’s easy to abandon exercise routines, healthy food choices and even sitting down to watch a sitcom. Don’t do it! You know you will be overindulging and staying up later to get things done. Sacrificing self-care is only going to drag you down.
4) Heed your health. It’s easy to get run-down, especially after a long day. You might be tempted to go to bed without taking off your makeup to eat one last holiday cookie before bed. Savor those cookies when you can enjoy them with family and friends. And, take care of your skin. Dry indoor conditions and outdoor Winter weather wreak enough havoc. You want to look vibrant and refreshed for holiday parties and get togethers don’t you? We love this green tea and red rose extract enriched Deep Cleansing Cream because it replenishes moisture for soft, dewy skin.
5) Fight Fatigue. The best defense from getting overtired and run down is a good offense. Pamper tired toes and sore hands at the start of the season. A little self care – even if just for 5 minutes a night – is going to help you conserve that energy for the harried days to come. These Therapy Mitts are wonderful to slip your hands into when you come in from the cold. I also love these Pillow Foot Protectors. They’re like little sleeping bags for your feet!
Hopefully, these suggestions will help you de-stress this season.
From our family at QCI Direct to yours,