Looking for a “Me” vacation? Here are 10 tips to find it
As the holiday season quickly approaches, a majority of working Americans are braking for more much-needed “time for me” – a chance to decompress. According to a recent survey of 2,000 respondents, 61% of Americans say they would do almost anything for more “time for me”. Yet 70% put ‘me time’ on hold when life gets hectic with a variety of stressful holiday chores such as cleaning dishes after a holiday meal (38%), wrapping gifts (35%) and preparing holiday meals (34%). Activities like fitness programs (42%), wellness hobbies (40%), and healthy diets (39%) are all likely to be put on the back burner.
“We encourage Americans to take a break from the vacation craze and spend more time rekindling their creativity, finding a new way to entertain their senses, and be more intentional with their ‘time for themselves’,” said Nancy Sacco, brand marketing director for WoodWick candles. “Many wait until it’s too late, and before they know it, ‘time for yourself’ activities that help us rejuvenate and keep our feet on the ground take a back seat. We want to change that and help Americans anticipate burnout this year. ”
Most of us have been through a lot this year – quarantined and working from home, facing ups and downs in the economy and the unease of political and racial unrest. Chances are, you’ve been so busy dealing with all the changes that you have had little time to relax and enjoy this special time. It’s important not to let the pandemic steal the true meaning and joy that the holidays bring. “Many Americans don’t find intentional moments for themselves until it’s too late and before they realize it, their ‘time for me’ is on the back burner and their stress is too much to worry about. supporter, “said Lisa McCarthy, president of Home Fragrance. To Newell brands. “We want to help people get a head start on burnout by taking time for themselves for calming and rejuvenating activities. ”
10 ways to save time
If you’re one of the 65% of Americans who feel overwhelmed and less engaged at work and in their personal lives, finding “time for me” times during the holidays can help you reenergize and rejuvenate. When pandemic restrictions throw a cloud over your sacred and fun celebrations, try these 10 tips on how to warm the cold in the air, find “time for me”, and keep the sense of the season.
- Do it your way. Have the kind of vacation you want, not the kind of merchandise the merchants want you to have. One of the biggest myths about the holidays is that we have to do things the way we’ve always done – to excess and in haste – throwing ourselves into a frenzied whirlwind on top of an already busy pandemic schedule. Tradition is part of the holiday season, but just because you’ve always done things a certain way doesn’t mean you can’t adapt it to the new normal.
- Keep it simple. Stand out from the big gestures and treat yourself to simple acts of pleasure. You don’t have to get carried away by the “There are only X days of shopping until Christmas” syndrome. Hold onto the real meaning that the beliefs have for you and your loved ones, and celebrate the season in a safe and joyful way.
- Be creative. Don’t let confined circumstances overshadow our tranquility, happiness, or productivity. Celebrate the season in a way that matters to you without taking unnecessary risks. Consider painting, cooking, writing, or giving holiday gifts that symbolize how you feel about restrictions as a symbol of your personal power.
- Put yourself at the top of your holiday gift list. If you have a habit of putting your needs at the bottom of the list for work or personal demands, you can’t be the best version of yourself. Taking care of yourself prepares you to give more to others. When you put yourself first, there are more of you. So be an angel to yourself and capitalize on the isolation restrictions to be alone and think for yourself.
- Say no to requests that go against sound protection. Keep your exercise program or yoga class online throughout the season. Short walks or Microchiller meditations (three to five minutes of mindfulness) can help you relax and clear your head. By taking a few moments to relax each day, the stress of the vacation / pandemic won’t seem so overwhelming, tasks will be more manageable, and you and your loved ones will be able to avoid them. vacation and appreciate the true meaning of vacation.
- Treat yourself. Just soaking in a hot tub can lift your spirits. Transform your bathroom into a spa by placing scented holiday candles around the tub, playing soft seasonal music, and preparing a hot tub with essential oils or rose petals. Dim the lights, slip into the tub, sip your favorite drink and release the stress of the pandemic. When finished, wrap yourself in an oversized cotton towel. Cozy up by the fireplace or under a blanket with a good book and your favorite hot drink to contemplate the meaning and significance of the month.
- Find intentional moments. When loved ones have gone to bed, take a moment in front of the holiday decorations. Think about what the season means to you. Create a comfortable and private place especially for the holidays where you can relax undisturbed and reflect on the season. Meditate on soothing holiday music, burn scented candles, or browse through greeting cards and photos from past vacations.
- Treat yourself to “vacation cushions”. Know where to draw the line with extra time between activities so that you don’t constantly rush and can enjoy the festivities without being “rushed and wavered.” If friends or family are urging you to get together, buy more gifts, or cook more food, make a conscious effort to slow down. When you’re already at your peak, there are limits to what the pandemic can dictate how you celebrate; how you want it to be is up to you and your loved ones.
- Anticipate workplace stress and burnout. Make sure you realize you’ve hit your breaking point long before the stress warning signs set in. Instead of exceeding them, cushion your workday to ease the stress blows. Avoid setting yourself unrealistic deadlines. Distribute tasks over reasonable periods of time. Try to leave for your workstation (even if you are working remotely) 10 or 15 minutes earlier so that you don’t start your day too quickly. Make your workday easier instead of catapulting yourself into it. Unplug at the end of the day and set limits to protect your personal and private time.
- Balance your time between staying active and restful rest. Don’t risk your health or give up on your self-care routines. You need it more than ever. A walk or jog around the block combined with five minutes of meditation both give you a biochemical boost. The activity increases endorphins. Calming your mind stimulates the part of your brain that suppresses the adrenaline and cortisol surges that come with stress.
One last word
“’Me-Time’ is all about taking time for the things that make you happy. It’s those indulgences that make you, ”Sacco said. “It’s not about spending money on a massage, it’s about what you can do every day to take care of yourself, to be your best version no matter what the world has in store for you. And sometimes all it takes is curling up in your favorite warm blanket, burning a crackling candle to set the mood and your favorite tunes.