The Holidays are wonderful : being reunited with your family, gifts, good food – what’s not to like? However, the Holidays can also be quite overwhelming. All that planning, jumping from one event to the next, spending quite a bit more than usual… We don’t know about you, but we feel like we need a break after all this excitement. Which is why Trylon has compiled a list of the best activities to slow down after the Holiday craze. Feel free to browse through and get inspired!
Spend Time in Nature
Spending time in nature reduces stress, boosts feelings of happiness and wellbeing, and can help you create perspective on all the tasks you need to accomplish. It soothes the soul, clears the head, and brings you back to the present moment. It’s easy to get wrapped up in the hustle and bustle of the holidays, so make the time to take a walk, a hike or go skating and find your inner peace back this winter.
Try New Recipes
Cooking and baking engages your senses. They are an immersive experience that engages your mind and your body. A dish, a smell, a method of cooking can remind you of a happy memory. It lets you travel away and relax for a little while. On the flip side, it is also a great way to focus on the present moment. Since it requires your full attention, you’ll be engaged in this therapeutic activity rather than focusing on your daily responsibilities. No doubt about it, spending time in the kitchen enhances mindfulness and will calm you down after the Holidays. Not only that, but you’ll also get to enjoy some delicious food ! Here are some recipes just as cozy as they are tasty that you might enjoy.
Explore a Creative Skill
Taking up a creative hobby is all about having fun. It’s the perfect way to have some “me” time after a busy day, and gives you an outlet for releasing stress built up from the day (or Holidays). Furthermore, it is also a way to give your brain a workout that feels pleasant! While practicing a new creative hobby, you’re protecting your mental health as well as developing desirable skills? This winter, out with the old stress and in with the new creativity. Grab your paint brushes, your glue gun or your sewing kit and create art that relaxes you and gets you over the holiday craze.
Unplug From the Internet
We know this might sound funny, considering you are probably reading us on the internet right now. Nonetheless it is still true : always being connected online can truly amp up your stress like no other. The FOMO that can come with it, the overstimulation, it all isn’t worth the screen time. Soaking-up real time instead will not only ease your anxiety, but it can also help you reconnect more with the world around you and bring balance to your life.
Develop a Mindfulness Routine
Setting up a mindfulness routine for yourself might take a bit of time, and a bit of practice. However, it’s a ritual that can be the key to unwinding and leading a happier life. Set some time aside each morning and each night to meditate and journal. This will help you feel a lot lighter while grounding you to the present moment. Mindfulness gives you a break from superficial stress and daily wear-and-tear to anchor you to your inner peace. We promise you, focusing on your gratitude daily opens you up for a more calm and joyful life.
Make Time for Some Well-deserved TLC
TLC stands for tender love and care. How do you apply that in a concrete way? But treating your body and mind with the greatest kindness. Take a relaxing bubble bath, put on some soothing music, try a face mask… The options are endless ! Basically, you want to pamper yourself and do an activity you’ll know will make you feel better. Taking this time to create your own little oasis of peace regularly is super important, especially when it comes to getting over the holiday craze.
Discover New Movies, Music and Books
Whether it’s to take a little break from the real world or simply to let your imagination wander, nothing is better than diving into a new book, movie or music. Light a candle, sit back, get cozy and let the outside world melt away for a little while. For music, why don’t you take the time to build an uplifting playlist to accompany you into 2023 ? As for books, we recommend a feel-good read to fuel your happy escape from daily responsibilities. Finally, movie-wise, why don’t you revisit some of your lifelong favorites? Harry Potter, Star Wars, Bridget Jones Diary… Like a little summer getaway, it’s the perfect way to take a break.
This year, make the time to take your time. Winding down from the Holiday craze will give you time to refocus on whats important for you, and have a strong start to you year. That’s our resolution, and we hope you get inspired by it ! You deserve a bit of down-time, so feel free to use this list as inspiration for finding activities that will help you relax and recharge.