Boy, this time of year sure is busy! Final exams, end-of-year work deadlines, and family obligations can often make the season feel more stressful than “jolly!” The holiday months can be a little hectic and it is important to recognize when you need a break from the hustle and bustle. Here are three ways I relax during this time of year:
I walk my dogs Tango and Bosko in the evening. After a long day, I sometimes feel too tired to go outside with the dogs, but it is hard to resist their pleading brown eyes. The end-of-day walk is a great time for me to reflect and relax. Passing by the houses that glow with all their holiday decorations also gets me into the Christmas mood! After a short outing with the dogs in the brisk winter air, I feel refreshed! (Here’s an idea: if walking a pooch sounds like fun, but you don’t have a dog of your own, think about volunteering at your local animal shelter. The animals there need a lot of exercise and volunteering is a great way to get into the spirit of giving.)
I get together with friends. We go to local trivia nights or coffee houses to have fun and take a break from the day-to-day routine. This time of year gets so busy, that we sometimes neglect our friendships. Relaxing with a friend can really lift your spirits. If I don’t have time to go out, I will call up an old friend on the phone. Sometimes a good conversation is all you need to work through your holiday anxieties.
I read a book. One of the best ways to escape is to curl up with a good book. Right now I am reading John O’Hara’s Gibbsville, PA, The Classic Stories. The fictional Gibbsville is based on Pottsville, a town in Pennsylvania’s coal region. Because John O’Hara is my dad’s favorite author, my family and I visited Pottsville, PA this past summer. Side note: Pottsville is also home to Yuengling Brewery.
I hope you all have a relaxing and enjoyable holiday season!