From November 1st to January 1st, there are a slew of holidays that people celebrate. Thanksgiving, Christmas, and Hanukkah are all reasons for people to come together, party, and enjoy themselves. Gifts are exchanged, feasts consumed, and traditions carried out. While this can be one of the best times of the year, it can also be quite stressful. Do yourself a favor and plan ahead to deal with the holiday stress. There are several ways to avoid these headaches – you can cut back on gifts, take a spa day, grow marijuana, or try yoga.
A Unique Gift Idea
One of the biggest sources of stress during the holiday season is gift giving. Figuring out exactly what to get for everyone and then running around from store to store to buy it can drive anyone insane. A great way to get around this is to offer up a Pollyanna. Secret Santa exchanges with friends can save everyone involved time, money, and stress. Talk to your friends and family, you may be surprised at how many of them are eager to join in on a simplified gift exchange.
Yoga Relieves Stress
Another way to relieve stress is to take up yoga. While adding a new activity to your to-do list may seem like it goes against your goals – consider the following. Yoga can be relatively simple to learn. It takes up very little time and space each day. The rest of your day will be more productive, as you will approach it with a better state of mind. Focus, clarity, and inner-peace are often left to the wayside when you sit in traffic, wait in line for the tenth time today at the mall, or bake another batch of cookies for your child’s homeroom. Yoga can help restore that balance.
Sometimes everything you try falls short, and you need medical relief to help calm you down. If you grow marijuana, you can relieve your stress in two ways. First, you can find peace through watering and nurturing the plant. Second, marijuana can relieve your stress when you bake it in your holiday brownies or smoke some to push away the stress at the end of your day so that you can sleep peacefully.
A Day at the Spa
Finally, consider taking a day for yourself at the spa. After all the shopping, cooking, entertaining, and running around, you’ve earned it. A few hours at the spa being pampered could give you the time you need to rid yourself of the stress you’ve built up. Get someone else to watch the kids, clear an afternoon, and get a massage.
Regardless of how you go about it, make sure you take the time to get rid of stress so that you can enjoy the holiday season to the fullest.
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