Sometimes retail therapy can relieve stress. Shopping can be therapeutic, right? And when you're shopping for things that can actually make you more calm and relaxed—well, now you're just doing the most in the best way possible. Don't we all need a little bit of that right now, in the midst of the crazy, hectic, and anxiety-ridden holiday season?
To ensure you actually make time to enjoy the holidays and say goodbye to all of those stressors and anxiety, we've compiled a list of self-care and relaxation finds that you can use when things get tough. Trust us, once you take a moment with one of these, you'll feel so much more joyful and less like the Grinch. And the good news? These can be used year-round, too.
Ashwagandha is an adaptogen known to help your body deal with daily stress. This Moon Juice powder blend is formulated to help with focus, mental stamina, and boost your mood. It's recommended to use one-half to two teaspoons a day, and you can add it to smoothies, coffee, teas, tonics, milks, and baked goods.
If the busyness of the holiday season is keeping you up at night, you've got to get in check. A lack of sleep can make stress even worse. This spray is a mix of lavender, vetiver, and chamomile—spray it on your pillow and let the aromatherapy scent help you drift off to dreamland.
A bath can make you feel oh so relaxed. Better yet, it's a nice excuse for some alone time, which might be necessary if you're hosting a lot of house guests this time of year. Dr. Teal's Epsom salts soothes aches and soreness.
I recently got a pair of comfy house slippers, and let tell you, it's such a treat taking off the shoes I've been wearing all day long at work and slipping my feet into the softest shoes. I now get why Mr. Rogers had that whole ritual. It makes me feel instantly calm and safe since I know the day is over and it's time to relax. I highly recommend getting yourself a pair, like these fuzzy red ones from Nordstrom.
If you've been running around all day—shopping for gifts, meal-prepping, or entertaining out-of-town guests—chances are your whole body is aching, especially your feet. At the end of the day, give your feet a much-needed, super-relaxing massage. It's a little luxury you never knew you needed.
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This article was originally published at an earlier date and has since been updated.