Pencil in Me Time During Hectic Holiday Season

As soon as the Halloween candy hits the bottom of the bag, the holiday season goes into full swing. These party-going, mall-hopping, gift-wrapping and in-law-tolerating days increase stress and zap energy.

Instead of suffering through another stressful holiday hustle, this year schedule some 'me time.'

Me time means setting aside moments reserved for you. This is a time to address your spiritual, emotional, psychological and physical needs.

Scheduling ‘me time' immediately makes you the priority. Instead of trying to squeeze in a breather months from now, build your cookie exchanges, offices parties, holiday shopping and household decorating around your 'me time.'

Keep in mind spas and other wellness related businesses are busiest during the holidays. This means appointments are scarce for those who wait until the last minute. Already stressed, nothing increases the blood pressure more than desperately wanting a deep tissue massage and having to settle for a mini-facial.

So how do you schedule me time?

First think about how you spend your time during the holidays. What stresses you out? What things do you feel like you miss out on most? Do your muscles get tense? Energy level fall flat?

Once you’ve assessed your needs, schedule the time to address them.

If you are a shopaholic who loves hitting every mall and boutique in sight, schedule spa pedicures at day spas or nail shops in the mall. Bring a pair of walking sandals so you can hop out of the chair and right back into shopping. Just knowing you have a relaxing spa pedicure scheduled in the middle of the shopping day will help take the edge off.

A 30-minute foot massage may be even better than a pedicure. Massage therapists are trained to relieve stress and can also address tired calves. However, if pretty toes make you happy, opt for the pedicure.

Tired and lacking energy? Try booking a mini spa day during the holidays. This could include a mini-facial, 30-minute massage and manicure. If the day spa has a spa meal menu, treat yourself to a healthy lunch or nutritious smoothie packed with energy boosters.

Worried about making a good impression at the office party? Book a professional makeup appointment, blow dry and style a few hours before the event. Be sure to tell the makeup artist how you will be wearing your hair and the color of your outfit. Again, just knowing you have this scheduled will relax you.

The pressure of completing work or projects before taking off for a holiday vacation can also bring on stress. Try to schedule a mid-day spa treatment or yoga class to relieve tension. You’ll return to work more relaxed and better able to focus.

Even hair appointments provide an opportunity to schedule in some me time. Ask for an extra scalp massage during the shampoo or request a deep protein condition treatment to bring life to overstressed tresses.

To reduce the pressure brought on by visiting relatives, why not book a spa day for mom or the mother-in-law? This scores you brownie points and gets her out of your house. Now that’s some serious me time.

1 Response...

Anonymous says:
December 19, 2012 at 1:04 PM
Me time incentives and holiday specials would be nice!
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