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Cozy Ritual Guide: 11 Ways to Create A Holiday Wellness Routine
by Emily Patnaude Nov 08, 2023
While the holiday season is a joyful time of celebration and togetherness, it can also be busy, chaotic, and, well… stressful. With the never-ending demands of hosting, decorating, shopping, and cooking, it’s all too easy to forget to take care of YOU. This year, why not make a change and prioritize your well-being by incorporating some ultra-cozy wellness rituals into your daily life? From morning mindfulness routines to serene bedtime practices, this guide will provide you with actionable, step-by-step instructions for creating intentional moments that foster relaxation and self-care. So, whether you’re looking to find a sense of calm amidst the holiday chaos or simply want to feel a little bit better, these cozy wellness rituals will help you do just that.
Morning Mindfulness with Meditation
Wake up on the right side of the bed and start your day by carving out a few minutes for a quick mindfulness meditation. Simply find a quiet spot (yes, this can be your bed!), sit comfortably (or lay down!), and focus on your breath. Close your eyes, take slow, deep breaths, and focus on how you feel in this moment. This simple practice can help you center yourself before the busy day ahead, reduce stress, and set a positive tone for the day.
Cultivate a sense of gratitude by keeping a gratitude journal. Write down three things you’re grateful for each morning – it can be anything! Gratitude journaling, especially during a time when we are so busy and unfocused, can improve your mood and perspective, helping you to appreciate the little joys in life.
Herbal Tea Sip ‘n Savor
Switch out your morning coffee for a cozy herbal tea (or our NEW Daily Nutri-Greens!). Sipping on a warm cup of chamomile, lavender, or ginger tea can be a soothing way to start the day, and forces us to slow down and take a mindful moment for ourselves while warming our bodies and calming our minds.
Aromatherapy Wake-Up Call
Using essential oils is a fantastic way to set the mood for the day, while also showing yourself some self-care indulgence. Diffuse invigorating scents like citrus, peppermint, or eucalyptus to awaken your senses and naturally boost your energy before the day begins, and use aromatherapy to help curate a calm, peaceful atmosphere, even amidst the holiday hustle.
Mindful Midday Pause
Amidst holiday errands and work commitments, take a midday break just for you. Step away from your desk, put the phone down, close your eyes, and take a few deep breaths. Centering yourself and bringing yourself back to the present moment can help refresh your mind, reduce stress, and enhance productivity.
Prioritize your well-being by enjoying a balanced, nourishing lunch. Opt for a homemade salad, a hearty bowl of soup, or a nutrient-packed smoothie (with a scoop of our Daily Nutri-Greens!) to ensure you’re getting all of the necessary energy to tackle the day.
Engage in a creative activity during your break or downtime (and no, scrolling on Pinterest doesn’t count). Whether it’s coloring, knitting, reading a book, or playing an instrument, channeling your creativity can be a wonderful way to unwind and do something just for yourself. You’ll be surprised how quickly time flies!
Evening Yoga Stretch
After dinner or before bed, try a gentle evening yoga session. Stretching and breathing mindfully can release tension in your body, promoting relaxation and better sleep – plus, it’s the perfect way to transition from a busy day to a peaceful evening!
Allocate a specific time in the evening to fully disconnect from your digital devices. Turn off your phone, computer, and TV to create a quiet, serene, screen-free environment. Use this time to read a book, take a bath, or cook a homemade meal.
Serene Bedtime Routine
A serene bedtime routine is essential for a good night’s sleep. Start by dimming the lights and engaging in calming activities such as reading, gentle stretches, or meditation to set the tone for the night.
End your day with the soothing aroma of lavender or chamomile essential oils. Diffusing these scents in your bedroom can help to relax your mind and signal to your body that it’s time to sleep
As the holiday season approaches, embrace the coziness and be sure to make self-care a priority. By doing so, you’ll not only enhance your well-being but also find a deeper sense of peace and joy during this special time of year. So, light those candles, brew that herbal tea, and take a moment to breathe – you deserve it.
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