The holidays are a busy time. All of that shopping, cooking, decorating, and celebrating can really take a lot out of you and when you’re the host, this is even more true. Therefore, when the season comes to a close, most holiday hosts are ready for some rest and relaxation.
While many people will ignore this desire and jump right back into the daily grind, we recommend giving into your whims and squeezing in some “you” time. After all, you work hard making sure the season’s celebrations go well and you deserve a break.
Not sure how to get into a relaxation groove after so much excitement? Never fear! We are here with the ultimate post-holiday hosting relaxation checklist—the very tool you need to get the most out of your down time.
1. Go Out For Brunch
After cooking for a whole collection of family and friends, it’s not likely that you’ll want to step foot in the kitchen again for awhile. Go ahead and leave your apron and spatula where they lie for the day and head out to your favorite local eatery this weekend for a delicious brunch made by someone else.
Take a friend if you like but don't be ashamed to treat yourself to a bit of alone time if you prefer it. Either way, be sure to order mimosas and all of your favorite brunch foods. This is your day of rest, after all.
2. Take a Yoga Class
Yoga is a fabulous way to clear your mind of stressful thoughts and help you relax before heading back to work or school. If your body aches from all the holiday preparations, you’ll probably find that a post-holiday yoga class is ideal for ridding your body of muscle soreness.
Besides, exercise is a wonderful way to boost your mood and energy levels thanks to the endorphins your body will be producing. This means you’ll head back to your usual feeling happy and energized.
3. Pamper Your Feet
Shopping and cooking are both activities that require spending large amounts of time on your feet. Obviously, this means sore feet are a pretty common occurrence during the holiday season.
Do your feet ache after hosting a huge holiday event? If so, you’re definitely going to want to add some foot pampering to your end-of-the-holiday to-do list.
Begin by soaking your tootsies in a small tub of warm water, 3 drops of peppermint essential oil, and a half-cup of Epsom salts. You will begin to feel the soreness melt away. After several minutes, remove your feet and pat them dry.
The next step is exfoliation. Mix together ¼ cup honey, ¼ cup raw sugar, and 2 tablespoons of grapeseed oil. Rub the mixture into your feet, making sure to massage calluses and rough spots. After your massage, wrap your feet in a warm, moist towel and elevate them for about 10 minutes. Finish by removing the towel, wiping away any excess sugar scrub, and applying a nice lotion.
4. Sink Into a Bath
A lovely, aromatic bath is the perfect ending to a perfect day of rest. Fill your tub with warm water, diffuse your favorite essential oil into the air, light a few candles, toss in some Epsom salts, and slip into a heavenly experience that is sure to leave you feeling refreshed and ready to start a new year.
You can take this experience to the next level by adding in some soothing music and even spritzing your towels with a spray bottle filled with water and 2–3 drops of essential oil. These steps will have you feeling as though you’re visiting a spa in your very own home.
Of course, sometimes an at-home rest day just isn't enough. In these cases, we encourage you to make an appointment with the professionals here at Cloud 9 Spa Salon. We will have you fixed up and feeling as good as new in no time at all!