Disclaimer: This is a sponsored post written in conjunction with Nature’s Bounty® Earthly Elements™. I received complimentary product from NBTY to assist this post; however, as always, all opinions expressed are 100% my own.
It’s December and you know what that means, it’s the holiday season! I may or may not have typed that as I sang. It’s the most wonderful time of the year, everything is merry and bright, and we wish every season could be the holiday season, right? I absolutely love this time of the year. The nip in the air, fires in the fireplace, extra time with the family, and outings galore! Unfortunately, it’s not all lights, ribbon, and bows; this can also be the most stressful time of the year too!
Decorating, shopping, holiday meal prep, entertaining, classroom parties and shows; seriously, the teacher wants me to make what kind of costume? It feels as though the list keeps getting longer and longer while the days feel as though they get shorter. As we all know, the holidays can sometimes be a bit overwhelming as we focus on go, go, go and that makes it difficult to take time out to just “be” and relax.
Is this your experience as well? Think about the last few years, have the holidays been chaotic? I started thinking about this and got a little nervous thinking maybe I was the only one; like my family is different or something. So, I asked a few friends about their holidays. After hearing about sneaking away to the restroom to read a few pages of a novel, drinking (although she said “downing”) a glass (or four) of Moscato to get through the wrapping, or perhaps my favorite … volunteering to go grocery shopping just to pick up a coffee/hot chocolate from the coffeehouse and wandering through the aisles as though she has all the time in the world.
I started thinking about my practices and realize, they are few and simple but for me, they have been effective.
3 Ways I Find “Me Time” During the Holidays!
Send Them Shopping
Be it shopping for gifts or groceries, I make a list for my husband, bundle up my daughter in her winter gear, and wave to them both as I send them out for a short trip to the grocery or a lengthier trip to the shopping center. This buys me some time to accomplish any tasks still on my “to-do list,” enjoy a beer (I’m not a big wine drinker), take a breather and enjoy some me time.
Night Owl (or Early Bird)
Sometimes I simply can’t pack any more into my day so if I want some “me” time, I have to make the decision to get up earlier (which totally isn’t happening) or stay up a little later. I get my little one off to bed, enjoy some adult conversation with my husband, and then send him to bed for some extra rest while I take some time for me.
Sometimes I just need some “me” time and don’t feel like sending everyone out of the house or adjusting my sleep schedule to achieve it. On days, normally evenings, like this, I start dinner for my family, set my husband up to help with homework while he finishes up the meal, and then I take a time out for me. This allows me to relax without taking everyone else out of their comfort zone or routine.
So what do I do when I am enjoying “me time” you ask? If you’ve been reading my posts for long, you know that I am simple and so is my answer. Sometimes I snuggle under a blanket and settle in for some reading or writing. Sometimes I take a hot bath and take the time just to soak and enjoy the moment. Other times, I simply get comfortable on my couch or bed and just take time to inhale and exhale. For me, real “me time” has to involve something that allows me to relax and these are the types of things that allow me to do so.
As an added bonus, to celebrate me, I will take the time to add one of my favorite essential oils to the lineup. Be it through my diffuser or adding a few drops to my bath, I find the essential oil with the unique aroma or “personality” that I am looking for to make the moment my own.
On days/evenings when I need a bit of a pick me up that will help me bounce back and jump back in to the activities going on, I like to introduce Nature’s Bounty® Earthly Elements™, specifically, Grapefruit. The scent is tangy, clean and refreshing which livens up my personality and adds an extra bounce to my step as we battle through wrapping gifts, baking dozens of cookies, or heading to a family function; whatever the case may be.
I love that Nature’s Bounty® is here to help me find balance and “me time” during the holidays courtesy of Nature’s Bounty® Earthly Elements™ 100% pure and blended aromatherapy essential oils. Did you know that essential oils can set moods and enhance the smell of your home, bath, and office? This can be done by using them in an aromatherapy diffuser, add a few drops to your bath for a spa-like experience, or mix with a carrier oil for massages. Each essential oil has its own unique aroma and “personality,” just like people, so everyone’s “me time” is their own.
Now available at Walmart stores everywhere, Earthly Elements™ are also great for holiday gifting, where you can “give the gift” of aromatherapy and “me time” to friends, family members, and coworkers.