With endless week's of scurrying around the mall, spending all your money on Christmas gifts, make sure to schedule some time for yourself. Nobody said holiday shopping was easy, but there are many ways to calm down to tired, out-of-money body. Here are multiple scenarios planned accordingly to different types of personalities.
Relax and enjoy a good book.
Step One- If it's night, it's a bonus but it not, close the curtains, blind's, etc. Darken the room, blocking the light out which can easily cause distractions. Instead prompt for something smaller and more relaxing. I recommend stringing fairy lights (aka, the lights you wound around your Christmas tree) throughout your room, or simply in one spot. Parents won't allow you to bang holes into your wall? No problem! You can simply hand them on the rod of your curtains, you can wind them around your bed post, the possibilities are endless and much more soothing.
Step Two- I recommend putting on a lotion, or body product of some sort. With most everyone, lotion can ease one's self and let them relax. It can even be scented! Just get a nice amount, and massage it into your legs, arms, wherever you want! After lathering yourself, putting your hair into a ponytail, or bun, would be a nice idea. Hair tends to annoy people, constantly itching their neck or just being a plain pain. Find a hair tie, a headband, anything you desire and pull that hair back.
Step Three- This step is completely optional but I think it adds to the whole relax mood. Find a lighter, or match, and a nicely scented candle. Something that you enjoy the scent of. I recommend using Bath&Body works candles as the fragrance spreads throughout the whole room instead of only scenting the corner it's in. Lighting candles gives the room a warmer feel, plus nice scents help relax a person's mind when stressed.
Step Four- Change into something comfortable. Odd's are if you're in skinny jeans and a tube top, it won't be as relaxing as another outfit. Instead, go for some loose, something that let's your body breathe. Try pajama pants and a over-sized shirt. Whatever is comfortable on you, just make sure you can move around properly.
Step Five- Find a good book. This can be difficult if you enjoy reading as much as I do, especially if you have a great assortment of books as I do but here are some books that I recommend looking into. If you don't already have them, they were definitely worth the purchase!
(Top row, left to right. Divergent by Veronica Roth. Insurgent by Veronice Roth. Allegiant by Veronica Roth. Delirium by Lauren Oliver. Pandemonium by Lauren Oliver. Requiem by Lauren Oliver. The fault in our stars by John Green. The Hunger Games by Suzanne Collins. Catching Fire by Suzanne Collins. Mockingjay by Suzanne Collins. 11 Birthday's by Wendy Mass. Finally by Wendy Mass.)
Most Recommended; Divergent series.
Step six- Now cuddle beneath your blankets and transport yourself into any of these books, it'll help clear your mind and trust me, you won't regret reading any of these (especially Divergent. I'm obsessed, can you tell? :)).
Relax and listen to music.
Has there ever been that time where music let's you forget everything bad going on? You listen to it and your transported into another world? I know that's happened to me so here is a way to get comfy while listening to something the whole universe has in common. Music.
Step One- Change into something comfortable so that your muscles can become at ease. It isn't necessary to turn on fairy lights, close curtains or light candles but doing any of these three will ensure a more relaxing evening.
Step Two- Find a nice pair of high quality (but not to expensive) headphone's, ear buds, etc and plug them into whatever your music is coming from. Ear buds ensure sound all around, making sure nothing can distract you. If you happen to be listening to music through your DVD player, or electronic like that, it's okay. It doesn't take head phone's to enjoy yourself. Simply explain to parents, siblings, etc. that you are trying to relax and politely ask if they could refrain from any loud activities. (Vacuuming, Hammering anything into the wall, loud TV).
Step Three- Enjoy whatever music of your choice.
Songs I recommend-
* Anything off One Direction's newest album, Midnight Memories*
*Nightingale by Demi Lovato*
*She will be loved by Maroon 5*
*Driveby by Train*
*Talk dirty by Jason Derulo*
*DNA by Little Mix*
*Pretend it's OK by Little Mix*
*Hey soul sister by Train*
*Anything by 5 Seconds of Summer*
*Replay by Zendaya Coleman*
Relax and Sleep.
There's really no step scale required. Get comfy, turn off all lights and sound, cuddle beneath your blankets and take a long nice nap.