Now that Thanksgiving is over, the holiday season is really upon us. Can you believe it? I can’t. And don’t get me wrong, I truly love the holidays, but there’s a lot to do, and it can get a little hectic. So I thought I’d offer some ways to take a little time for yourself and relax during the holidays…
Read. I find that reading is one of the best things I can do to relax, especially before bed. I put my phone away and read a book or magazine and it takes my mind off the list. You know, THE LIST. The list of everything you have to do that’s constantly running in your head. I find it so hard to the list off at night, and reading totally helps. I’m almost finished with The Women in the Castle by Jessica Shattuck. It’s about women surviving in post WWII Germany in an old castle, written from the perspective of Germans who didn’t support Hitler. I’ve rarely read anything from their perspective (anti-Nazi women) so it was very interesting.
Be a neat freak. There is nothing better than a clean house or a well-organized room. The satisfaction I feel is truly blissful. I might be letting out my inner compulsiveness here, but I would guess that a lot of you are with me on this one. Do you feel an inner comfort and sense of accomplishment after you’ve organized a drawer? Does your blood pressure drop into relaxation mode when you walk into a clean room? Yeah? It’s ok. Accept your need for clean. If you haven’t read Marie Kondo’s The Life Changing Magic of Tidying Up then do it and revel in your inner neat freak.
Netflix and chill. Yeah, yeah I know what this means…I’m not that uncool! But, obviously I don’t mean that. Or maybe I do! Haha. But for real, sometimes I just want to watch Netflix and chill. Again, just to get my mind off things. It’s something Emory and I can do together…IF we can agree on a series, which is a small feat of God. BUT, luckily we both LOVE Stranger Things and the second season just came out, and it’s seriously as good as the first. Strong thumbs up.
Nightly meditation. This is a relatively new thing for us, but we’ve started to do a nightly meditation via the Headspace App. This was Emory’s idea but I was totally down. With the app, you decide the amount of time you’d like to meditate so we’ve been doing around five minutes but we’d like to work up to ten. By the end of the meditation, I feel so relaxed that I have no problem falling asleep (if I didn’t fall asleep during it!). And, I am always a big fan of mindfulness no matter the form.
Put on a face mask. Treat yo self. Maybe light a candle and, oh, you could get REALLY crazy…take a bath and put on a nourishing face mask. Doesn’t that sound wonderful? But I know you’re thinking…I don’t have time for that Jamie!? And, I’m saying yes you do! Just make the time and that goes for all these things. Make time for yourself, and you can. It’s 10 minutes. C’mon. Just do it…a little self-indulgence never hurt anyone. Speaking of, here are my favorite face mask picks:
Peter Thomas Roth Pumpkin Enzyme Mask Enzymatic Dermal Resurfacer. When my face feels dull or I just want it to look brighter and more youthful (obviously!), I use this mask. There’s a little tingling and a little exfoliating, and it’s all good…
Innisfree Super Volcanic Pore Clay Mask. Innisfree is a Korean brand, and you pretty much can’t go wrong with their skincare products. This masks makes my pores look microscopic and digs deep into the yucky stuff in my pores. Hoooray! Have you seen what’s actually in your pores? It ain’t pretty. Innisfree sheet masks are great too.
Kiehl’s Calendula & Aloe Hydration Mask. Kiehl’s is also one of those brands where you can’t wrong. Nine times out of ten, I opt for the hydrating mask because they just feel so GOOD. If I do one in the morning, it makes my makeup go on so smoothly. No dry patches, no weird texture because my skin has ALL THE MOISTURE.
Herbivore Moonfruit Superfruit Night Treatment. This one is not technically a mask, but I added it in because I love it so much. I bought it last fall and used it throughout the cold, dry months. It’s truly like a drink of water for your skin. It’s kind of funny because it’s a night treatment and it goes on purple, but it’s good. Trust me. My skin is smooth and happy go-lucky each morning I use it, which is about every other day in the winter months.
**Maybe I’m making a big assumption that everyone knows and loves masks as much as I do. If you have any questions, let me know through a comment or a message and I’d be happy to talk masks with you.
I’d love to hear how you relax…any good products, books, tips? Happy holidays!
Barefoot Dreams Cardigan (AMAZING)
Photographs by Shanna Kaye Photo