It’s important to make some time for yourself during the holidays if you want to ensure a stress free season. This almost goes without saying, but we always get so caught up in the hustle and bustle and of day to day activities that we forget to take time for ourselves. Normally, we can get away with waiting for the storm to blow over, but the stress builds much quicker during this time of the year. Therefore, we have fewer opportunities for release during that time. Here are a few of our favorite methods.
1. The shoulder massage
Obviously you don’t have time to go see a masseuse during a holiday time crunch. However, Lakeside has a wonderful alternative that help you relieve some of the stress where it is most concentrated. This heated neck massager can help you melt into a stress free zone of bliss and forget about your list of to-dos. The massager has two speeds, and is designed for maximum comfort due to the fleece cover and the foam inserts. Also it is portable so you can use it where you want to, and when you want to, because it runs on AA batteries.
2.The lumbar massage
Pair your neck massage with a posture-improving lumbar massage. These help you relieve tension from your lower back. We love this item because this wonderful little device is portable, and pulls double duty as a foot massager if need be.
3. Block out time for yourself
All of the little devices in the world can’t help you if you are unable to make sure you’ve actually set some time aside for yourself to get it done. So instead of rushing to get your impromptu massage at the last minute, make it a not-so impromptu situation. At the start of your holiday planning, commit to distressing for a half-hour or an hour. And when the time comes to stop doing work, stick to your stopping point no matter how important the task is! Don’t worry, your to-dos will still be there when you get back.
4. Minimize your aches and pains
In order to really benefit from the time you set aside for yourself, you should constantly be aiming to reduce the amount of mental and physical holiday stress that you take during the day. This entails a lot of real attention to detail. For instance, you may be accustomed to sitting down for long periods of time when you are doing work. However, did you know that this can weaken your hip muscles and actually do a lot of unseen damage to your body? Save yourself a ton of time with this incredibly soft seat cushion.
5. Be assertive
You would honestly be surprised how many people fail to tell their friends, family, and loved ones that they are in over their heads. This can be such a big mistake, because they can be your biggest helpers in lightening the load. At the very least, they will give you the space you need to relax.
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