The Lakeside Selection: Our Choice of Favorite Items of the Week

As the build up to Thanksgiving and the winter holidays begin, it is easy to get caught up in the coming wave. Remember to take some time for yourself before the stress gets to you by wrapping up in a sweater, enjoying a good book, massaging away your aches, or grabbing a cup of tea. Here is The Lakeside Selection: Our Choice of Favorite Items of the Week.

Fall in love with the soft chunky knit construction of the Women's Long Open Front Sweater.

Fall in love with the soft chunky knit construction of the Women’s Long Open Front Sweater.

Use this set of 3 Plantar Fasciitis Massage Balls to help relieve pain and soothe aching feet.

Use this set of 3 Plantar Fasciitis Massage Balls to help relieve pain and soothe aching feet.

 

You'll read comfortably for hours with your book or e-reader on this plush Book Pillow.

You’ll read comfortably for hours with your book or e-reader on this plush Book Pillow.

Honor the professional who works hard for you with the gift of this Occupational Double-Walled Tumbler.

Honor the professional who works hard for you with the gift of this Occupational Double-Walled Tumbler.

 

How to Make Some Time for Yourself this Holiday Season

christmas-relaxIt’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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