Mastering the Holidays

| by Paige Mareth - Director of Communications, The Woodhouse Spas, Corp., under Inspiration
The holidays are here, the most wonderful time of the year!
With the hustle and bustle of shopping, baking, wrapping and decorating, stress can creep up pretty quickly. It’s important to take time for you. Sure, the holidays are all about our loved ones, but we need to take care of ourselves in order to take care of them.
Spend some quiet time alone
Whether you’re an early riser or a night owl, make sure you’re giving yourself a chance to recharge. While spending time with others is wonderful, a moment of stillness with a cup of tea and a good book works wonders for the mind and body. Wake up before the kids or wait for them to go to bed. That laundry can wait. You’re worth it.
Plan ahead
We’ve all been guilty of waiting until the last minute. The turkey ends up not fully thawed, the gift we really wanted to buy is sold out, the tree is still bare, ornaments in the attic. It’s real life and you’re not the only one. Just slow down! We’ll get this done. Sit down and make a list of tasks to be completed. Tackle them one at a time and try to have fun. The holidays are meant to beautiful, let them be.
Give gifts that matter
You’ve made the list, now check it twice. There is something to be said for a thoughtful gift. Keep it simple and consider their interests. What do they do in their free time? How do they like do destress? Have they mentioned a want in recent months?
Enjoy time out with friends
You’ve got a list a mile long – things to buy, gifts to wrap, food to cook. But you’re going to get it done, you always do. Make plans with friends and actually follow through. We’re talking a low stress get together: dinner with the girls, a movie in, even a Woodhouse event! Leave the planning to someone else, just go enjoy yourself.
Get a massage
This is the obvious one! We know the benefits of massage, but sometimes we just need someone to tell us to go get one. So, go ahead, call your local Woodhouse Day Spa and get on the books. You’ll be happy you did.
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