With the holidays in full swing, it's likely that our stress levels are being tested a bit! With holiday parties to attend, gift-buying to do, travel plans to be made, and compromised work-commutes from chillier weather (at least maybe back at home in New England!), we could all use a little R&R to keep us on track.
As promised before, I wanted to let you guys in on some of my favorite ways to keep sane before the holiday madness approaches this weekend! Read along below. I'd also love to hear how you keep it together during the holidays; please comment below to share!
Alexi's Top Tips for Keeping Zen During the Holidays
1. Stay consistent with your workout routine. Although it may be tempting to skip your bootcamp class or run after work in exchange for happy hour on the company, try your best to stay consistent with your exercise regime. Maybe that just means waking up a little earlier and getting it done before work so that you still can socialize in the after-work hours. The point being, you'll feel so much better releasing those endorphins from your daily sweat, and it will help balance the extra indulgences that are usually accompanied with this time of year.
2. Meditate, meditate, meditate. Even if its for two minutes before bedtime, take a moment to sit with your thoughts and clear your headspace. Practice having more clarity so that you can better navigate the chaos of the holiday season when it presents itself. Sometimes it's also helpful to grab a crystal that radiates the energy you wish to cultivate; have it by your side to aid in the manifestation.
3. Carry or wear your favorite relaxing scent. This one's a game changer for me. I've been using this Ayurvedic sandalwood massage oil as lotion (pictured above) and have been applying it to my skin a couple times a day. It helps me feel comforted in times of stress, and has a relaxing effect before bed. Try to find an essential oil blend or natural perfume that gives you that same warm & fuzzy feeling, and apply as often as needed!
4. Eat warming foods. This is for a variety of reasons. Eating with the seasons is advantageous in the fact that we just feel better eating warmer foods with colder temperatures, and vice versa. It helps soothe us. Also, foods that are well-cooked are easier for our digestive system to process, which means we can direct our energy to other circumstances to stay grounded. Instead of your kale smoothie this winter, opt for a kale-based stew. Other items such as oatmeal, casseroles, soups, stews, and sautéed veggies would be excellent choices. Utilizing spices from herbs that are heating in nature such as peppers, ginger, cinnamon, and cardamom (hello chai!) would serve as great additions to meals, drinks, or desserts.