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Through the hustle and bustle of the holiday season it can be so hard to find time to relax and unwind. Over Thanksgiving week we spent everyday out with family, and during the Christmas season we spend so much time doing family activities and running around getting things done for the holidays that I can barely stop and catch my breath!
I’m not saying we go all out for the holidays, but we do have a lot of family in town and like to try and spend as much time with them as we can.
With all our time spent busy it can be hard to find some me time. Especially as a mom around the holidays, I find there are some days where I just need a few minutes to stop what I’m doing and relax.
Today I want to share my five quick tips to set up a space for mental relaxation around the home just for you so that when you need a break, you’ve got a spot to kick back.
Tip 1) Clean and organize your space:
Find an area in your home that’s quiet and away from spaces that may be loud and cluttered if possible (like a kids bedroom or your workspace). Make sure that it’s clean and organized so that you’ve always got somewhere nice to escape to.
Tip 2) Furnish and accessorize to your liking:
Create a nice spot filled with things you like. Maybe you’ve got a big closet and you have an area in there that you can go so you fill it with pretty things. Maybe it’s a window seat in the loft. It may even be a porch swing. Wherever it is, make sure that it’s nice and welcoming.
Tip 3) Keep things that set the mood:
I like to keep things that smell good around my house, so for me, having my essential oil diffuser or a candle in my space will bring me the most joy. I find that pleasant smells always lift my mood so I try to find bright, delicious scents to keep in my little area.
Tip 4) Bring some reading material:
I like to read when I’ve got the time. It relaxes me to read articles or books, look at pretty photos, and spend time off of my phone. So setting out some books or magazines in your space may help you relax.
Lately I’ve gotten into reading magazines when I have some downtime. I find that if I don’t want to get wrapped up in a book, reading an article can be easier for me. I like to read REALSIMPLE® Magazine. It’s such a great magazine and there can be great benefits to being a club member!
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Tip 5) Only use that space when you want to relax:
One of the best ways to keep your space a place to relax is by only going there when you want to relax or need a break. If you just hang out there it will become another place in your home. If you set aside the space as an intentional space, it will become a meaningful and peaceful place.
If that’s not quite your scene, then trying things like yoga or mindful meditation may be more of your wheelhouse.
When I’m feeling really overwhelmed, I love to turn to yoga as a way to get my body moving, my blood flowing, and to turn thoughts of anxiety and stress into positive and directed energy. It’s also a great way to help with restlessness which can happen when I feel anxious or stressed.
Meditation is also super beneficial for relaxation. Just setting time to be intentional and to think intentionally can boost your mood, change your attitude, and create a more positive outlook. It’s also a great time for goal setting, and visualization.
No matter how you relax, creating a space or carving out a time for your mental health is absolutely crucial- both around the holidays and in your everyday life! Finding ways to incorporate relaxing into your daily routine can make your life a much more positive, healthy, and enjoyable thing.