Most of the time, we think of the holidays as a cheerful time to spend with friends and family… but in the midst of a global pandemic, let’s get real: things feel a little different this year. 

You may be canceling holiday travel plans and changing up your at-home celebrations, but that doesn’t mean you can’t make the most of your holiday break! We could all use a little break from 2020. Actually, we deserve a little break from 2020. 

 

Get some much-needed R&R over the next couple of weeks

Here are five simple ways you can relax:

 

1) Enjoy outdoor holiday festivities

It may be chilly outside, but some of the best holiday festivities are meant to be enjoyed outdoors. Throw on a winter coat and grab a thermos of hot chocolate, then take the family on a walk or drive around the neighborhood to see the holiday lights. 

If you’re feeling creative, you could even put together a scavenger hunt in your neighborhood for the littles in your life! Ask them to find winter- and holiday-themed items like a snowman, a nativity scene, or a menorah. 

At the very least, you should take the time to make a snow angel or throw a few snowballs. Let loose a little bit!

 

2) Do an at-home spa day

If outdoor activities aren’t really your thing, you may be more interested in an at-home spa day. (cue the relaxed sighs)

Fill up the bathtub, light an aromatherapy candle, and put on your favorite festive music. Spend the afternoon soaking in the tub with your favorite bath salts or body oil. After your soak, throw on a fluffy robe and some slippers and try out that new anti-aging cream for your skin. 

Give yourself permission to simply relax for a while. Remember: you deserve it. 

 

3) Find new ways to connect with loved ones

There’s a lot to think about these days, and it can be exhausting being in your own head all day, every day. Sometimes, the best thing you can do is take a timeout from yourself and catch up with a good friend. 

Make a connection with a friend or loved one by phone or Facetime. Schedule a Zoom happy hour with friends to share some wine and a few laughs. If you’re looking for something that feels a little more personal than a video call, take the time to write a letter. Everyone loves getting snail mail from the heart! 

 

4) Make your home extra cozy

Just because we’re stuck at home doesn’t mean we can’t enjoy it. Why not turn your home into a cozy oasis of calm with fluffy blankets, twinkly lights, and a roaring fire in the fireplace? If you don’t have a fireplace, stream a fireplace on your TV and settle in with a mug of hot chocolate.

Put yourself in the holiday mood with a few scented holiday candles or set a simmer pot on the stove with water, cinnamon sticks, cloves, and slices of fresh orange or lemon. We’re getting blissed out just thinking about it. 

 

5) Try yoga and meditation

There’s been no shortage of stress this year and if you feel like your nerves are tight enough to snap, you’re not alone. You should try unwinding with a little yoga or meditation!

You don’t have to have any special equipment or experience to try it — simply join an online yoga class to get started. If you prefer solo activities, meditation can be done anytime, anyplace. Start with a few simple breathing exercises or download a progressive relaxation video online.

You’ll be amazed what a difference a little relaxation can do for your mind and body.

 

6) Learn a new skill or take up a hobby

When you can’t leave home, you have to get a little more creative to keep yourself busy. When your body is occupied, you’re less likely to be stressing out! 

Consider learning a new skill or taking up a new hobby. You can find plenty of free courses online or, if that’s a little too involved for you, you can keep it simple with arts and crafts. If you’re in the mood for something festive, grab some garland and ribbon to make a holiday wreath.

You’d be surprised what you can create with a few simple supplies – you may even have a box of craft supplies hidden away, just waiting to be rediscovered.

 

Remember to relax a little

Just because you’re staying at home this holiday season doesn’t mean you should lose your holiday spirit. Though it’s been a challenging year, there is still so much to be grateful for and so much to look forward to in the new year. 

For now — stay home, stay warm, and stay safe this holiday season!

 

To help yourself relieve some stress: Try a relaxing Meditation Class