The holiday season is officially here, which means time for family, friends, and, well, stress. Don’t feel bad - it’s natural to get a little stressed out during the holidays. With the shopping, the meal prepping, the travel plans, and the added pressure of daily life, it can be a lot to juggle. If you’re feeling a little overwhelmed, you’re not alone, but thankfully there are things that you can do to help alleviate some of that stress, and get back to feeling like yourself again. Here are just a few ideas to get you started on your journey to welcome yourself home.
Get Some Rest
You hear it all the time, but you wouldn’t if it weren’t true: getting adequate sleep is a major stress reliever. After all, how can you be at your best when you’re tired and not functioning at 100 percent? Sure, it may seem like there aren’t enough hours in the day to fit in time for a nap or to go to bed at a reasonable time, but try to make carving out some time for yourself a priority. Put on some soothing music or nature sounds, draw the curtains, make some herbal tea, diffuse some Young Living essential oils, and put down the phone or tablet. Allow yourself to close your eyes and just relax.
Do you have someone who can help you with your responsibilities this holiday season? Have your spouse swing by the Cinzia Spa in Myrtle Beach and pick up gift cards for everyone on your list, or ask the kids to clean up around the house before guests arrive. Don’t let the weight of the world fall squarely on your shoulders. Even small children can help out by putting away toys or setting the table, and older children can help with food preparation and caring for pets so you have more time to focus on other things.
Don’t try to do everything at once. Make yourself a schedule and stick to it. This way you won’t get overwhelmed with activities, but you won’t be worried about when you’ll find the time to finish them, either. Hitting the sales? Come prepared with a list and stick to it so you’re not taking more time than you have or overloading yourself with stops along the way. Long shopping list? Don’t try to conquer it all in one day if it’s just not possible, or shop online from the comfort of your own home and get everything done with a few clicks!
Stress and tension can manifest themselves physically, so taking time to treat yourself to a spa treatment is very beneficial to both your mental and physical health. At Cinzia Spa in Myrtle Beach, we have many spa treatments and rituals that will leave you feeling relaxed and renewed. Tense? Consider one of our famous massage escapes, like the Signature Cinzia Massage or the Simply Swedish massage. All of our massages can be customized to your problem areas and can help you relax tense muscles as well as allow you time to focus on your thoughts and breathing, helping you find your center.
A facial is another great way to relax, and it has the added benefit of clarifying your skin at the same time so you’ll be ready for all those treasured holiday photos. Whether you are seeking hydration from our Hydrafacial treatment or seeking pore extraction from our Shine Bright Like a Diamond Microdermabrasion, we have a facial service that can suit your skincare needs.
Finally, some time in our state-of-the-art fitness center can help you burn off some of those holiday calories while you clear your head and strengthen your body. A workout may not seem relaxing in theory, but according to the NIH, the benefits of working out include improved cognitive function, lower stress, and improved self-esteem!
Enjoy The Moment
It can be hard to enjoy the moment when you’re caught up in a whirlwind of activity, but do yourself a favor and remind yourself that this is a special time of year and despite the stress of preparations, the ultimate goal is to make memories with the ones you love. Sometimes changing your perspective can help lower your stress levels. Instead of thinking about “having” to cook dinner for your entire extended family, think about how much they will appreciate that meal, and fondly remember you for preparing it. Then remember that you get to enjoy it too, and try to have fun with all the cooking and baking. You’ve got this! Stuck in a long line or seemingly endless traffic? Take a deep breath and allow yourself to be present in the moment, instead of worrying about when you’ll move or what you have to do next. If you’re in the car, put on some festive music, or take a few deep breaths. In the store? Breathe deep and try to observe the scenes around you and hopefully the joy of others will inspire your own joy.
If you’re ready for the ultimate relaxation experience, contact Cinzia Spa in Myrtle Beach to schedule an appointment. We also offer gift cards and a variety of spa gifts including Young Living Essential Oils, Pound Jewelry, and Zents Spa products for everyone on your holiday gift list. Please stop in and visit us for more information.