Here’s How to Reduce Stress During the Most Hectic Time of Year
It’s the most wonderful time of the year—streets are lined with twinkling lights, coffee shops are offering sweet gingerbread lattes and people are cozying up in their favorite sweaters to go and shop for everyone on their gift lists. While there’s so much to enjoy about the holiday season, it can be exhausting. So if you need a couple of minutes (or an entire weekend) to unwind, we won’t blame you! Here are five of our favorite ways to relax during the busy holiday season. Relax This Holiday Season
1 | Enjoy a Corona Premier by the Fire
After a long day, there’s no better way to rid yourself of stress than by curling up next to the fire with an adult beverage. And our recent favorite has been a refreshing Corona Premier. We love the crisp, even-bodied taste that finishes with sweet notes of honey. But don’t worry about treating yourself to this cerveza; at 90 calories a pop, this beer low-calorie beer will give you more buzz and less guilt than the traditional heavy eggnog.
Relax This Holiday Season
2 | Cook or Bake With CBD
Bake something truly magical this holiday season! If you could use a little green to help you unwind, we recommend making CBD your new secret ingredient. But don’t worry about making butter or getting a skunky aftertaste; you can simply add a few drops of CBD oil (like these from Wild By Nature) to any recipe you like. Experiment with holiday-inspired dishes or get baking with cookies and cakes. These are munchies we can definitely get behind.
3 | Get Out of Town
If you ever get the urge to pack up and escape for a bit, this is your sign to just do it! Even a quick weekend getaway or a staycation can act as a much-needed reset. And in California, a change in scenery might only be an hour or so away. Head to a beachy Airbnb for a few nights or pack up and drive into the desert for a special spa retreat—no matter where you go, a brief sabbatical is sure to recharge your battery.
Relax This Holiday Season
4 | Get Some Fresh Air
SoCal weather is beautiful all year round, and while we may have our winter wonderland fantasies, there’s something so nice about being able to take a quick jog or simply walk outside without having to pile on parkas or worry about slipping on an icy sidewalk. But it’s not just about staying fit throughout the holidays; getting some exercise and fresh air can help quiet your mind, leaving you feeling refreshed and revitalized!
5 | Essential Oils
Are you that special person that is truly the glue to holding the holidays together? If you feel like you can’t get away from the planning, shopping and hosting for a moment, now might be the time to introduce some essential oils into your life—especially ones with calming properties like lavender, ylang-ylang and bergamot. We love House of Intuition’s line of oils; they’re easy to add to a diffuser or dilute with a bit of water and apply to the wrists and temples. Try different scents for different effects or create a special blend of your choosing!
Born and raised near the Pacific Coast, Jordan Nishkian is a California girl through and through. She graduated from Cal State Long Beach with a BA in Creative Writing and a BA in Anthropology, and her favorite place to be is curled up in a comfy chair with a book in her hand and a pen in her hair.