How to Manage Stress and Stay Jolly This Holiday Season

It’s the most wonderful time of the year, but for most of us, it only gets that way with lots of hard work and exhausting effort. Whether you’re worrying about finding the perfect gifts, planning outfits for countless holiday parties, or simply having to deal with frantic crowds any time you go shopping, the days between Thanksgiving and the New Year can add more stress than cheer.

That’s why it’s extra important to remember to relax this month—so you can enjoy the holidays without completely wearing yourself out. After all, you can’t enjoy the company of friends and family when you’re grumpy and frazzled. So here are some tips that will help you manage stress and stay holly jolly all month long.

Buy yourself something nice … away from the crowd. Your favorite department stores and boutiques will probably be too crowded this month for shopping to be therapeutic. But thanks to online stores, you can buy yourself something nice without having to swim through waves of holiday shoppers. And since you’re probably already spending a lot of money on gifts for other people, you can remove any money worries by browsing, where you can get up to 60% off designer clothes.
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Pamper yourself. Chances are you’ve got a lot of dinners and parties on your agenda, and that means you’ll likely have your picture taken at least once. It’s hard to look picture perfect all the time, but you don’t need to fret. An easy way to ease the pressure is to make sure you’re keeping your complexion at its best. Dr. Brandt’s “Camera Ready Kit” is the perfect tool set for the job, with exfoliants, creams, and most importantly, his amazing pore-refining primer.
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Eat healthy. We know this time of year is a time to indulge, and that can be great. However, all the cookies, hot chocolate, and candy canes can add up and make us start to feel sluggish. So in between all the indulgences, make sure to stock up on healthy foods and vitamins. Even if there’s no time to try a juice cleanse, adding a few juices or smoothies here and there can go a long way in keeping you energized.

Play around with makeup. Festive fashion is fun, but festive makeup is far more creative. Plus, experimenting with new makeup is an easy way to take some time away from the family and spend time on yourself. Get colorful and sparkly and try out some new looks. Makeup Forever’s Artist Shadows come in a variety of bright, unusual shades, and their website even has some great tutorials on how to try new looks.

Maximize your resting time. You probably don’t need us to tell you that yoga is great for combatting stress, but yoga nidra is a little different. Yoga nidra, also known as “yogi sleep,” is a deeply relaxing, meditative practice that many people describe as similar to “sleeping while still conscious.” There are many studios in New York City that offer yoga nidra classes and workshops. And best of all, 45 minute of yoga nidra is said to be equivalent to 4 hours of deep sleep.

These tips are great ways to stay sane in the often crazy holiday season. But if you feel like they’re not enough to ease your stress, remember: there’s always eggnog.

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