As holiday music streams through the airwaves, decorations adorn stores and neighborhoods, and you are still trying to make sense of your Black Friday and Cyber Monday purchases, the frenzy of holiday season is in full force. While this time of year time ignites great excitement and festive energy, it also can send our stress levels soaring to new heights.
Is it possible to take in the tremendous joy of this magical season and minimize the stress? Are there ways to manage the extra demands and expectations that are piled onto our already full plates? At ModernWell, we see our community upbeat and thriving. We see our members and community staying focused on their work, attending community events, and of course enjoying the extra sweets and friendly chatter that seem to be ever-present in and around our ModernWell mini-kitchen.
In addition to the obvious self-care practices that will help increase your joy and decrease stress during the holiday season like eating well, moving your body, getting adequate sleep, and spending time with people you enjoy, we talked to our ModernWell staff and several members about what go-to self-care tools they recommend. Here is our list of Top 10 Holiday Self-Care Tools and Gifts:
The Self Care Solution – Well, of course we recommend our founder’s nationally acclaimed book The Self Care Solution: A Modern Mother’s Must-Have Guide to Health and Well-Being. Here, mothers are not only encouraged to care for themselves as they care for their family and loved ones, but it also provides realistic tools for how to make that happen.
May Coop Raw Sauce Essence – Laura and Chelsey swear by this stuff! A gentle toner, emulsion and essence in one that intensively hydrates and nourishes the skin, this stuff is perfect for Minnesota’s dry, winter months.
Shangpree Eye Masks – We couldn’t stop at just one skincare go-to. These eye masks are perfect to throw on while you are getting ready in the morning to give your tired eyes some much-needed love. Put them on for 10 minutes for a quick pick me up, or let them really soak in over a cup of coffee and episode of your favorite Netflix series.
Mantraband – Need a little note of motivation or encouragement throughout the day? Look no further! My friend and I found this brand while shopping in Colorado and are in love with their product and mission. There are hundreds of sayings and multiple colors available to make sure your Mantraband speaks straight to you!
Essential Oil Diffuser – There are so many benefits and uses for essential oils in your daily life, from stress and pain relief to relaxation and sleep to inflammation relief – everyone could benefit in some way or another! This essential oil diffuser is the perfect gift for someone who already uses essential oils or is looking to get started. Bonus – it looks great in any room!
Hydroflask – We’ve all heard it a million times, but drink the dang water! Especially during the holidays, we get caught up in the endless to-do lists and holiday parties and forget to hydrate our bodies. With so many styles, colors, and sizes, you are sure to find a Hydroflask that fits your needs and style!
Lavender pillow spray and Silk pillowcase – Nothing beats the feeling of laying your head down at night after a busy yet successful and productive day. Make those moments a little extra rewarding with this lavender pillow spray and silk pillowcase. Why silk? It helps lock moisture into our skin and hair instead of our pillowcases and creates a smooth surface to sleep on so you can avoid that morning bed head! Lavender offers calming and soothing properties to help you relax and unwind after a long day. Happy sleeping!
Yoga Mat – It’s so important to move our bodies on a daily basis, and these yoga mats from Gaiam are as beautiful as they are comfortable! This mat is 6mm thick to provide a cushioned surface and 68 inches long, providing lots of space to sivasana in comfort. With over 40 colors and patterns to choose from, you are sure to find one that motivates you through the holiday season and into 2020!
Tea Gift Set – With snowflakes falling and temperatures dropping in Minnesota, we are always looking for ways to stay warm during the winter months. This tea gift set is just the thing for you or to give that special someone who always seems to be fighting the cold of the north. Even better? The holiday packaging is so beautiful you can skip the wrapping!
Burt’s Bees Lip Shimmer Holiday Set – Frigid temperatures and dry air is the perfect combination for dry, chapped lips. Beat the fuss with this Burt’s Bees Lip Shimmer Holiday Set! Not only will they add and lock in moisture, but they also add the perfect hint of color and shine for every holiday gathering!
We hope you found something that will help you (or a loved one) through the holiday season and into 2020!
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