We can’t possibly discuss the holiday season without encouraging travel for its ability to reduce stress (even if holiday gatherings are your jam). Admittedly, travel can absolutely send one red-lining, but with the right prep and intention, setting aside three days to restore ourselves, either before or after the holidays, is something we should all prioritize.
MINDSET: Instead of spending money on (or asking for) material (holiday) gifts, go for an experience. Its impact is long-lasting and profound. You’ll feel more refreshed and creative, as well as more productive when you return home.
GO: Rent a cozy cabin, or head to warmer climes. Near or far, choose an environment that makes you feel inspired. Set aside three days pre- or post-holiday festivities, depending on how stressful these times are for you. Bring a great book, a puzzle, a bottle of wine or whatever makes you feel like you are getting the restoration you deserve. And, stay off the work emails—make it a true getaway.
NATURE: If you don’t feel ready to hit the road or the skies just yet, dedicate three days immersed in nature. This fantastic and overlooked stress reducer is a great way to decompress. Go cross country skiing, rent a fat tire bike, take a winter walk or strap on some snowshoes. Whatever it is, get outside.
Remember—taking time off, in a way that feels right for you, has the power to help you significantly reduce holiday stress while feeling grounded yet inspired, calm yet rejuvenated. Give yourself the perfect holiday gift.