12 Stress-Free Days of Christmas—Self-Care Secrets for the Holidays
It’s easy to get caught up in the holiday whirlwind. Shopping for gifts, wrapping up work before the end of the year, and planning virtual family get-togethers take a lot of time and energy. It can be exhausting if you don’t take care of yourself. And if you’re feeling run down and tired, your immune system may not be strong enough to fight all those cold and flu germs floating around this time of year.
That’s why it’s important to incorporate self care into your daily routine. Try the following tips to help you relax and de-stress for a season that’s merry and bright. Our mission here at Firefly is to help you recharge so you can have the energy to take care of all the other people and things in your life.
Get your rest.
A good night’s sleep can help you get everything you need during the holidays: sharper mental focus, higher energy, and less stress, among other things. Shoot for at least seven hours of rest each night. To achieve that, aim for a set time to go to bed and wake up each day. Create an inviting environment for sleep by blocking ambient light from your bedroom, turning off all electronics at least an hour before bedtime, and using aromatherapy with a lavender-scented spray or diffuser.
Strike a pose.
Book a virtual yoga class at Firefly to help you unwind. It’s a valuable opportunity to block out the noise and busyness surrounding the holidays and get centered. Not enough time for a class when you need to relax? Try some simple yoga poses at home to help in a pinch.
Take care of your emotions.
The holidays are a difficult time for many people. Perhaps it’s their first season alone after a divorce or death of a loved one, or they’re estranged from family and will spend the holidays alone. It’s vital to address any emotional health needs that come up during this time of year. Firefly partners with Lauravive to provide energy healing services that clear the body of stagnant energy and release tension to make way for a richer emotional health.
Make relaxation a family affair.
Take time for family activities if everyone in your household is nearing burnout. Bake cookies, go for a run, or find an outdoor ice rink set up for the season and enjoy this special bonding time.
Work out the kinks.
Give yourself the gift of a massage this holiday season. It’s a blissful way to relax and get rid of any tension your body’s holding onto, and you’ll feel recharged for the busy days ahead. Firefly offers several different kinds of massages, as well as add-on treatments for a totally customized experience.
Indulge in a good face mask.
Winter’s crisp, cool air, plus the use of indoor heating, can have a drying effect on your skin. The holiday lights won’t be the only thing glowing this season when you treat yourself to a facial. Firefly facials are tailored to each client’s particular skin needs, and you can also try our monthly seasonal treatments. We also sell wonderful skincare products you can use at home to maintain that radiance.
Cultivate an attitude of gratitude.
We feel more positive when we focus on the positive things in our lives. Keep a gratitude journal, and every day record one or two things you’re thankful for that day.
Give the gift of service.
It’s definitely better to give than to receive when you volunteer. Giving time or money to help others can lift your spirits. We experienced this firsthand when we created the “It Takes a Village” Fund to help teachers and essential workers get free treatments during the pandemic.
Take a breath.
Deep, rhythmic breathing can calm you physically and psychologically. You can learn breathing exercises during Firefly meditation sessions, stretches, a guided meditation, and a sound bath.
Make time for hugs every day.
Human touch soothes the body, mind, and soul—and with social distancing, we probably haven’t gotten enough of it lately. Stop and hug the loved ones in your bubble every day.
Visit your favorite neighborhood day spa.
We’re grateful to serve all of our clients, especially during a year that’s been extremely challenging. Make an appointment with us for a treatment, yoga, or meditation so we can bring some joy to your holidays.