There are so many things to love about the holiday season, but sometimes we forget that. We get caught up in coordinating events, stressing about hosting and trying to manage conflicts between family members. One thing that’s been proven to lessen this kind of stress is carving out “me time” on a regular basis. Here are a few ways you can do that:
Set your alarm
While waking up when it’s still dark and cold out is not everybody’s favourite chore, setting your alarm 30 minutes earlier can give you a chance to greet the day before the morning chaos has begun. Enjoy your coffee in peace and take this time to reflect.
Use your benefits
If you have the luxury of a workplace that provides benefits, check and see if they provide you with coverage for a certain amount of massage therapy. Since most people’s benefits expire at the end of the year, this is an ideal time for you to book a relaxing massage and have it covered.
Scrap the desk lunch
During a busy workday, it can seem like a better use of time to keep your workflow chugging along as you simultaneously scarf down a lunchtime sandwich or salad at your desk. The risk, of course, is that you end up exhausted at the end of the day. Make a pact with yourself, if only for the season, to take a full break for your lunch. Whether you use the time to go for a stroll or find a quiet nook, use the time to let your mind recharge. As a bonus, you’ll feel refreshed when it’s time to tackle your afternoon tasks.
The holidays are all about thankfulness and gratefulness, but that doesn’t mean there’s something wrong with taking some time for yourself. Your friends and family will notice the difference, and so will you.