Monday, November 30, 2015
The holidays are no joke for grownups. This time of year is exhausting (the "e" I almost chose!). It can be so easy to slip into frustration, stress, or depression.
I find this time of year it is super important to take a few extra minutes a day just to exhale. Just time to get a good breath and let it go. Everyone has different methods of relaxing. For me it comes down to a few simple ingredients:
~Coffee....of course! Or some other soothing beverage. Perhaps a Dr. Pepper or hot tea? Those are my back up selections. When it is cold, a warm beverage has such a relaxing effect. Thus the reason Sheldon always offers it to friends in distress!
~Music....a good song or playlist can make a bad day into a good one. I'd love to make some recommendations for you here but that could take awhile. I really love so many different kinds of music. My playlists look like they were compiled by a multitude of people. I will say...my currents favorites are Christmas music (Michael Buble & Pentatonix have some excellent songs) and Adele (because Hello!). Music has a drastic effect on mood so if you are already feeling down, try something peppy! Put on some dancing music and turn that frown into a smile!
~Candle or Fireplace...until recently my only choice would have been candles. I love a happy little candle with an enticing (see another E word!) scent. I always have extra candles around this time of year because I love the fall and winter special scents and because they give me a little joy with each flicker. Now we have a fireplace and I'm quickly becoming addicted to it as well. From the smell of the wood burning to the warmth to the lovely glow...it is a mood lifter and definitely helps me relax.
~Clothing...I was tempted to just put sweatshirt or sweater here but I realized it goes beyond that. Put on some comfy clothes or your favorite raggedy robe. Whatever it takes to feel comfortable. Why sit around in discomfort? This of course is only for times when you are at home...without company...
The real point here is just to take care of yourself this holiday season. Don't lose yourself in the hustle and bustle of Christmas. Find the things you enjoy (pie? fudge? egg nog?) and spend a few minutes enjoying them as you exhale. As you are exhaling, spend a few moments with God in prayer and thank Him for the joy of the season.
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