The holiday season is one of the most stressful times of the year. People are rushing to get gifts, you have to bake goodies to take to a family gathering and who knows? You might even be hosting a holiday party. All of that stress at the end of the year can get to you, so you need easy ways to destress.
It can be easy to get burnt out if you are not careful. To avoid that burn out, you need some ideas for ways to destress during this hectic season. That is why I have five easy ways for you to get rid of stress from the comfort of your own home.
Your body simply won’t be able to function without enough sleep. While it may seem like we do nothing during sleep, that is when our bodies convert short term memories into long term and heal damaged cells. The point is, sleep is necessary, and it’s a great way to get away from the hectic holidays for a few hours.
2. Take a Bath
If you want an easy way to relax that won’t take too long, try taking a bath. You can get a bath bomb or go au natural and just wing it. Taking a bath allows you to just be with yourself and your thoughts for awhile. You get to relax in a warm tub all by yourself. Who wouldn’t want that?
3. Watch Netflix (or Hulu or YouTube)
With the stress of final exams or year end business, you probably haven’t had a chance to watch some of your favorite shows, but now you can. Catch up on new releases on Netflix or Hulu or watch some of your favorite YouTubers. Watching a comedy video or show is a great way to unwind and destress.
4. Read a Book (or Magazine or Blog)
Reading is a great destress method. You can find a fiction book and get into the story. Or you can read something nonfiction and maybe learn something new. Reread the Harry Potter series if you like. You can check out the newest blog posts, if that’s more your speed. Either way, reading gives you something to focus on that is separate from the stress you might be facing due to the holidays.
5. Start a Journal
If you would prefer to write or draw instead of read or watch, this idea is for you. Odds are you can find a blank (or almost blank) notebook in your house or for cheap. Maybe you have an old journal that still has a ton of empty pages. Why not start a journal. You can write or draw whatever you want in it, and you can keep it a secret or share it with your friends.
Bonus: Organize Your Room
Maybe it’s just me, but nothing feels better than an organized living space. If you feel that way, why not put on some of your favorite songs and organize your space? If you are visiting home for the holidays, your room is probably a little neglected, so give it some TLC and make it tidy. That way, you can more easily find stuff without having to stress too much.
Those are some of my favorite ways to destress. Most of them (if not all) can be done without leaving your house! That makes it super easy to relax and stay sane, especially now that it is officially winter.