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While the holidays are often touted as the most wonderful time of the year, for many they can actually be more stressful than exciting. Whether it’s related to financial strain, family relationships, or a poor work-life balance, it’s easy to feel overwhelmed.
When it comes to staying on top of your mental health, self-care practices can be a great way to stay energized and prevent burnout. For those who are prone to holiday stress, the Centre for Addiction and Mental Health (CAMH) offers a few tips and tricks for coping, including making time for yourself, getting adequate sleep, and staying active.
If you’re looking for a last-minute gift idea or just a treat to get yourself through the holidays, scroll through some of our favourite little indulgences to de-stress this season.
Meditation, yoga, and deep breathing are all forms of relaxing activities that are good for both your body and your mind over the holidays. Squeeze in a little practice and your stress levels will thank you.
SHOP IT: Sugarmat, $78 (US$59)
Take a break from the stress with a calming and relaxing colouring session, inspired by the sights and shapes of nature.
SHOP IT: Indigo, $12
Bergamot and patchouli oils relax your mind while cocoa butter and jojoba oil moisturize the skin in this luxurious and relaxing bedtime routine.
SHOP IT: The Detox Market, $12
Essential oils add a calming touch to any space with scents like lavender and eucalyptus, and invigorate the senses with bright citrus scents.
SHOP IT: Amazon, $57
Treat yourself to a luxurious night with this mask made from 100 per cent silk for the ultimate beauty rest.
SHOP IT: Sephora, $70
Release stress and anxiety with this herbal tea containing valerian root, chamomile, peppermint and lemongrass for an added dose of tranquility.
SHOP IT: David’s Tea, $12
Jot down your thoughts in this personalized leather journal as a way to vent frustrations, or just to spend a quiet moment with yourself.
SHOP IT: Etsy, $25 (originally $31)
Relax tired facial muscles and relieve stress while stimulating lymphatic drainage to give skin a healthy, radiant glow.
SHOP IT: Nordstrom, $49
Sometimes you just have to say no to the many social engagements that pop up, and spend the night with a good book and a plush robe instead.
SHOP IT: Hudson’s Bay, $39 (originally $79)