It’s hard to believe, but the holidays are almost upon us.
For most, the season is one of giving, joy and appreciation.But even for those who wait all year for this season, there’s usually at least a bit of stress that goes along with celebrating the holidays.
That’s why it’s important that you also find time to take breaks amid the chaos and treat yourself. After all, you won’t be much good to anyone else if you’re not rested, relaxed and feeling your best.
While Oak Street is the perfect place to do your shopping for friends and family, it’s also the ideal spot for a little “me time.” Read on for a few suggestions.
1. A Day at the Spa
What better way to release stress and tension than a tranquil day at the spa? When stress builds up, it often makes itself known in our appearance and even our health. You can see those sleepless nights on your skin and feel it in your blood pressure.
So, spending a bit of time with therapeutic treatments at a spa is not so much an indulgence as it is a necessity. For ladies and gents alike, a massage, facial or body treatment is a great way to de-stress and recharge those depleted batteries. It’s like a mini vacation for your mind and body.
2. A New You
Sometimes something as minor as a new hairstyle can rejuvenate your spirit when you’re feeling rundown and stressed. And because you want to be sure to look fabulous at holiday get-togethers, getting a new look is a great route to boosting your confidence. Try to go for a new color or style that you’ve never tried!
3. Treat Yourself
Sure, the majority of your shopping efforts this season is focused on others, but that doesn’t mean you can’t pick yourself up something nice when you need a little lift. It doesn’t have to be extravagant (but it can be!) to act as a pick-me-up. Even something like a new pair of earrings or a stylish winter hat can put a smile on your face when you’re tired and stressed.
4. Eat Well
If you’re like most people, you end up spending a lot of time in the kitchen this time of year – Christmas cookies, holiday meals, potluck dinners…it can get exhausting! Why not take a night off and let someone else prepare you a 5-star meal? We suggest one of the nation’s top chefs who just happen to cook in the fine restaurants right here on Oak Street. Just make sure to get a nice bottle of wine and save room for dessert – you deserve it.
5. Take a Stay-Cation
It can be hard to get away during the holidays. And even if you do, it’s probably for a family visit, which isn’t exactly a vacation. But it’s not so hard to get away for a night, is it? Play tourist and book yourself a luxury room in the Gold Coast. You can enjoy a nice meal, take in some theatre or live music and pretend to be far away from your responsibilities and worries for a night.
It’s the most wonderful time of the year, as they say. But if it’s also the most stressful time of the year for you, it’s important that you find ways to keep yourself balanced, happy and healthy. And we think that indulging in a bit of self-pampering is one of the surest ways to do just that.