As much fun as it is to see the family and to over-indulge in delicious food during the holiday season, it is also nice to get back to our daily routine. But first, let’s de-stress. A little me time is in order before we tackle our bloated stomachs and credit cards.
Tip # 1. Morning Walk
Try to get up early, before anyone gets up and head outside for a walk. Make it a time for just you and the day. With the crisp, morning air, it can help to set the tone for the day, clear the mind and cheer you up.
Tip # 2. Create Calming Aroma Environment
Yes, I love essential oils. These wonderful oils simply don’t get enough credit in how they can transform your home or work space into a calming or energizing environment. Make sure you purchase essentials oils from a reputable supplier. Here are a few recipes for you to consider:
- 3 drops Mandarin Essential Oil
- 1 drop Rose Otto Essential Oil
- 1 drop Lavender Essential Oil
- 10 drops Chamomile Essential Oil
- 5 drops Lavender Essential Oil
Spray: You can add this to Sweet Almond Oil or any other carrier oil (not cooking oil) and put in a dark spray bottle and spray around the home. This blend should be good for about 2-4 weeks. Store in a dark, cool place.
Bath: Same rule, you will need a carrier oil, or the essential oils will stay at the top and not mix with your bath water.
Tip # 3. Clean the House
Sometimes clutter stresses us out. Do yourself a favour and hire a cleaning person to help you out and by mid-day, your home will be clean and orderly. Seriously, if your home is in order, it feels like your life is in order. Once completed, spray the home with Pure 100% Lavender Hydrosol, sit and enjoy.
Tip # 4. Leave the House
Don’t feel like cleaning, feeling cranky, walking around with a frown on your forehead? Then leave the house, call up friends, your mom or with whoever you can just spend a few hours wasting the afternoon. Relax, enjoy and go to a mall, lunch, get a pedicure, take a yoga class or hit the gym. My favourite thing to do is to drive up to Mont Saint-Sauveur and enjoy an outdoor activity.
Tip # 5. Try a Diffuser
There are many methods to diffuse essential oils into a room. Of course, the essential oil blend is the most fun to create as the natural aroma that fills the home is fantastic. Not sure where to start in selecting a diffuser, visit your local natural food store, they usually are an excellent resource as they also carry essential oils.
BONUS TIP: Try a spa couple day with your loved one, it is not just loads of fun; it will change your routine, and you’ll get to spend quality time with a loved one! Which, of course, are all helpful to help you de-stress and have a positive attitude as you start to open up your credit card bills!