As a teacher of kindergarten students I often operate like someone with jumper cables attached to her body! And every year during this time I feel my body signaling me to slow down. Well, this holiday season I’m giving myself the best gift ever – a break! Rest and relaxation are essential for your physical and emotional health. Read on as I share with you how I plan to rest, recharge, and rejuvenate this holiday.
Taking a break doesn’t have to be about going away and you don’t have to spend tons of money on a vacation. Your goal should be to rest and clear your mind. This holiday I plan to release the things that cause me stress and turn my focus to things that make me happy right here in my home and community.
Get lost in the pages of a good book
Find a great book to read. There is so much magic and sense of discovery just waiting for you inside the pages of the thousands of books available today. Grab yourself a hot cup of coffee, tea, or hot chocolate along with a soft blanket. Happy Reading!
Relax with a good movie
Watching a great television show or movie is a great way for me to unwind and relax. It allows you to escape the stresses and anxieties of reality. I like to put on a pair of comfy pajamas, pop some popcorn and enjoy!
Spend time with family and close friends
This tip is so simple and yet so often ignored as a means of relaxation. Spending quality time with my family is always great! Turn off the television and other electronic devices and share conversations and a few laughs. This time will allow you to reconnect and enjoy the company of those you love. We sometimes take out those board games that we rarely have time to play during the school year. (This is especially fun when I win!)
Turn your car into a relaxing sanctuary to escape
Go for a relaxing drive in your car. Taking a leisurly drive without an end point in mind can calm your mind and leave you feeling refreshed and renewed. At this time of the year I enjoy driving through the neighborhoods in my area to see all the holiday lights and decorations. I can’t wait to see what my local community has to offer this year.
Use music to relax and unwind
One of the world’s most universal pleasures is music. Turn on the radio and listen to some of your favorite jams! Music is a powerful relaxation and stress management tool for me. I use it when I’m practicing guided imagery, exercising, dancing, and even soaking in the tub.
Take a bubble bath
Turn your regular bath into a peaceful haven where you can float away to your own exotic place. Put on some soft music, light a candle, and enjoy a nice warm bubble bath. You can always take a book or magazine along with you -- but keep a towel near for turning pages.
Try practicing yoga to relax
It seems like everyone is talking about yoga these days! I’ve heard that it’s a great way to practice relaxation techniques and reduce stress. I’m trying it for the first time at home during my holiday break. I purchased a stress relief yoga video for beginners. I’ll have to tell you how it goes in a later post!
Transform your kitchen into a place where meals and memories are made
I love to cook! During the holidays my kitchen quickly transforms into a place of relaxation for me. I enjoy experimenting with new recipes during my time off. This is something I rarely get to do during a regular work week. I also turn my dinner time into a relaxing way to spend the evening by lighting a few candles and turning on some soft music.
This holiday, resist the urge to fill every second with activities. Value the time you have outside of the classroom without making any plans. The most important thing to remember is to find what techniques work best for you and to make time for yourself to use them. Don’t give up on finding ways to rest, recharge, and rejuvenate and don’t give up on yourself! I would love to hear from you regarding techniques you use to celebrate you!