Easy Ways to Relieve that Pesky Holiday Stress

From massages to meditation, here are simple methods to relieve your seasonally-induced anxiety.

The hustle and bustle of the holidays seems to hit us harder and harder each year. With all the talk of self-care online and IRL, it’s still sometimes hard to take that precious time for yourself. But we’re here to say—just do it. It’s also important to accept the fact that not everything you have planned will or can happen. The status of our mental health is far more important than ensuring a slew of gifts be purchased or that you’ve been the perfect hostess.

So take a moment to sit back and read about how integrating these moments of Zen can help alleviate some of that anxiety.

Sometimes a break from your house is just what you need. Consider creating a “me” fund that ensures that you always have at least $50 to spend on you. A low-cost but high-reward self-care errand has the power to change your entire day. A Dip Powder Manicure not only makes your hands look holiday ready but it lasts upwards of three weeks. Check out the Nail Bar in Fishers to get yours. The friendly staff helps you de-stress and even pours wine as needed as a part of each service.

Nail Bar,  8970 E 96th St, Fishers, IN 46037

Binge watching sometimes gets a bad rap (though not from us), but let’s be real sometimes watching your favorite show is the best way to get in a decompression session. Good storytelling has the power to transport or minds and make us feel. You know, or just watch something “mindless” that makes you happy. There’s no guilt in that pleasure. Stay tuned for an upcoming Indy Maven binge-watching guide for the holiday season.

Practicing sleep hygiene is an essential part of stress relief. A good night’s sleep is the health and wellness practice that needs to be integrated into your routines. Do some research on the practice to see how to make it work for you. Here are some quick tips you can start with today: only get in your bed for sleeping (don’t do your binge watching here), turn off all electronics at least one hour before your head hits the pillow, and listen to a calming sleep story—like the one voiced by Matthew McConaughey on the Calm app.

If you have the time to step away, a massage or facial is the ultimate tip to push the stress out of your body. With the amount of time we spend at a desk, driving, or chasing after kids we seldom realize the toll those activities take on our bodies. With the vast array of services available, you should take some time to chat with a massage therapist to figure out the best care plan for you. The team at Indy Massage Company, (lead by girl bosses) is so knowledgeable and caring—they’ll have you on your way to holiday wellness from the first touch.

Indy Massage Company, 4735 Statesmen Dr Ste D, Indianapolis, IN 46250

Lenie Tsakonas is a regular Indy Maven contributor and a big fan of relaxing. 

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