We made it! The hectic holidays are over, and now we’re transitioning back to real life and routine. November and December are always a lot of fun, but they can be stressful, and getting into the swing of that regular schedule again in January is no picnic, either. Here are some tips to help you detox, decompress, and destress!
1. Make Some Tea
It’s so simple to whip up a cup of tea that sometimes we forget how beneficial that little mug can be. Over at Feelgood Style, Maria Dryden shares her favorite home made tea blends for banishing stress and rejuvenating after the holiday season.
Related: 6 Types of Tea for Different Moods
2. Do a Little Yoga
You don’t have to go to a studio or even set aside a whole lot of time to work yoga into your day. Sure, classes and extended practice are great, but if you’re busy it’s better to sneak in a few poses here and there than to do nothing at all. Yoga Journal has a whole index of yoga postures that help reduce stress. Even if you pick just one or two to do in the morning or before bed, you’ll feel some benefit.
Related: 12 Yoga Moves to Overcome Anxiety
3. Relax with Breathing Exercises
So many folks don’t breathe deeply enough in their day to day, and this can cause a lot of stress on our bodies! The great thing about breathing exercises is that you can do them anywhere. Here’s a simple one:
- Get into a comfortable, seated position.
- Take a deep breath, feeling your belly expand as air fills your lungs. Hold for a slow count of four.
- Exhale slowly, until your lungs feel empty, and hold this for four slow counts.
- Repeat this cycle a few times, then go back to breathing normally.
Related: 3 Sleep Tricks to Try in Bed
4. Find Time to Unplug
Most of us are in front of screens at work all day, then we head home to spend more screen time in the evenings. Whether it’s checking email, playing Scrabble on your iPhone, or watching TV, all of that screen time prevents you from quieting your mind. Try to carve out some time to sit and read a book, bake some cookies with your kids, do a craft project, play a board game with friends, or play outside.
Do you have any favorite, natural ways to unwind? I’d love to hear your suggestions in the comments!
Tea. Creative Commons photo by shutterkate
Yoga. Creative Commons photo by grahamking
Meditating. Creative Commons photo by oddsock
Woman on a Laptop. Creative Commons photo by nikkelindqvist