7 Ways to Relax this Holiday

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AUTHORED BY: Erica Dwyer, Freshly Sharpened

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The holidays are always some of the most joyful times of the year, but they are also some of the craziest. Between traveling, drinking, eating, and being scrunched into our childhood beds, we tend to forget about self care. This year, make a vow to take some time to yourself and relax over the holidays. Here are a few ways to do it:

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Surround Yourself with Your Favorite Things

The holidays are the perfect time to treat yourself to some of your favorite things, whether it be your favorite clothes, new makeup, or your favorite scents. Try some relaxing aromatherapy, a personal favorite of mine- Inspyre Boutique on Tennyson has some great candles and cute cozy sweaters to curl up in.

Do Some Things You Usually Put Off

We always have at least one or two extra days off during the holiday season, so promise yourself that you will carve out some time to do the stuff you usually never have time to. Make a big dinner for your family on a non-holiday night, go to a wine tasting, or finish some craft projects that you have been putting off. Fancy Tiger Crafts on Broadway has some of the cutest supplies, and they even offer classes for the less crafty among us.

Shop Small

Malls and stores are so packed during this time that they can leave you wanting to pull your hair out. Avoid that and support small business by doing your holiday shopping at small locally-owned stores. Denver is full of awesome options. Pink’s- Straight from LA on University has great options for your sister and girlfriends, and Hope Tank on Broadway has fun gifts for just about everyone you could have on your list.

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Make Getting Ready an Event

We usually have so many parties during this season that we need to keep things pretty on point. Make a point to really pamper yourself this time. Schedule a facial along with your highlight touch up, get the girls together for a manicure, or have a glass of great wine while painting your nails at home. Salon Theory in Wash Park is my favorite place for pampering and beauty.

Get Moving

It may be an overused sentiment, but exercising during this time of year really will give you some much-needed you time and help you flush out all the junk food and alcohol. It’s hard to pull yourself away from family without feeling guilty sometimes, so make it something everyone can do. Go for a nice short hike with your family, or try out something new. Maybe finally take a PureBarre class like you’ve been meaning to, or try Oula, a dance cardio workout with classes all over Denver. 

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Write It Out

Studies show that writing down our worries helps us process them. If you find yourself really stressed or bummed out, take a few minutes to write about it. Even if you’re in a great mood, taking a few minutes to journal can really help you stay balanced when everything is nutty. If cute stationery helps motivate you to write, check out The Stationery Company on East 6th.

Be a Little Selfish

It is one hundred percent okay to make yourself check out and be alone for a few minutes. Take a nap, go for a jog, watch a couple episodes of your favorite show, scream into a pillow, really whatever works for you! Do not feel guilty about missing out on watching for family stare at their phones for an hour one afternoon to let yourself recharge. Remember, we need to gift ourselves this season as well, and sometimes that gift just needs to be some time!

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