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Take time to enjoy yourself

Christmas is a stressful time. Let’s take time to unwind and relax. Pexels photo (CC0 License).

Another year has almost passed us by, and it can feel overwhelming to think that we have another fresh year just around the corner. The last month of the year usually involves getting all of your work affairs in order, balancing the books, pushing sales, and, of course, getting ready for Christmas. This month can be incredibly stressful as it can feel like we’re getting nowhere with all the work piling up on us. This can affect our mental health in a huge way and cause issues like anxiety or depression.

However, there are ways that we can relax, unwind and enjoy ourselves. Take some time this week to let your hair down and refresh the mind. Here are some ways to do it.
1. Invite your friends out for a night on the town. Get dressed up in your favorite outfit, have some drinks and even do DopeBoo dab rigs. Have fun and forget about the stressful week you’ve had by dancing until your feet hurt.

2. Do something that terrifies you, like jumping out of a plane or bungee jumping. It might seem crazy at first but the adrenaline rush will be worth it.

3. If you have a pet, take them outside for an impromptu photoshoot. Get the funniest outfits you can find and have some fun with them. It will make you laugh and take your mind off any stress.

4. Host a dinner party with your friends with a twist – buy a murder mystery game online and play it with your friends.

5. Invite your friends round for the evening, eat pizza, and watch your favorite films all night. Bring wine and beer too!

6. Decorate some cupcakes with your kids. Play around with frosting, sprinkles, and chocolate. The best part is that you get to eat it all afterwards.

7. Visit your local museum and learn about science and history.

8. On a sunny day, drive out to the beach and take a long, slow walk with your partner.

9. Have a karaoke night.

10. Throw a fancy dress party with a theme (Game of Thrones, Harry Potter, Superhero etc…).

11. Clear out your wardrobe. It might not sound relaxing but it will feel like a huge weight has been lifted off your shoulders.

12. Sell your old stuff and get some money to spend on yourself as a treat.

13. Doodle. It doesn’t matter if you can’t draw. In fact you can turn it into an impromptu game of Pictionary as your family or friends try to guess what it is.

14. Go on a road trip with your friends or family. Enjoy the open road and take a camera to photograph the adventures.

15. Host a fundraiser for charity. It could be as little as a Christmas jeans day at work or a full-blown event in your local area.

16. Go camping, sit under the stars, and toast some marshmallows. Maybe hold back on the scary stories though if you’re scared easily like me.

17. Visit somewhere new. Exploring the places around you is fun, and it opens your eyes and refreshes your senses.

18. Get out the board games and have some fun with your family or friends. 

19. Host a sports day at home in the backyard. It’s time for egg and spoon racing, sack racing, hula hooping and other childhood games.

20. Have a bonfire and invite your loved ones over for the evening. Eat some hot dogs, marshmallows, and plenty of sweet treats.

21. Bake a cake, and then decorate it with a design from Pinterest. It might not turn out the same but the fun is in making it.

22. Swim in the sea.

23. Experiment with a new recipe.

24. Go to a pub quiz with your friends. I did this one yesterday!

25. Play music through the house, and sing and dance like you’re on stage.

26. Go for a bike ride and enjoy the fresh air on your face.

27. Get out into nature and visit a national park. Have a walk away from the world and enjoy the solitude.

28. Go to a theme park.

29. Go to the cinema and dinner with your partner.

30. Go to a concert or watch a festival.

31. Get up and watch the sun rise.

32. Have a picnic on a sunny day.

33. Jump on the bed.

34. Do some retail therapy.

35. Make up your own song and dance. Play with the kids and turn it into a game.

36. Learn how to do some basic magic tricks so that you can impress your friends and family the next time you see them.

37. Learn about your star sign.

38. Take a walk in the rain. It can actually be incredibly relaxing.

39. Sit in front of the TV with a hot cocoa, candles burning, and a fire roaring.

40. Jump off a diving board into the pool.

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19 Comments

  1. the dune mouse (CybeleMoon) December 16, 2017

    thanks for these reminders to breathe Christy!

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  2. Eliza Waters December 16, 2017

    Bottom line, breathe and have fun!!! :)

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  3. Jill Weatherholt December 16, 2017

    Wow! So many great suggestions…thanks, Christy!

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  4. ordinarilyextraordinarymom December 16, 2017

    Love the impromptu photo shoot with a pet. Definitely on my holiday to-do

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  5. Tina Frisco December 16, 2017

    Camping and karaoke are my ‘drugs’ of choice. Lilting in the fresh air ~ aaaaaaah… :) ❤

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  6. Kate Dawson December 16, 2017

    Excellent list!

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  7. Aquileana December 16, 2017

    Aww. I like this … ;) <3 Love, across the miles!

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    1. Christy B December 19, 2017

      Sending love back! :) <3

  8. Swati Awana December 16, 2017

    I feel so good just by reading these ideas. I really do and enjoy so many of them! Sometimes we forget to take care of ourselves😊Thanks for reminding!💖💙💜😊

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  9. robbiesinspiration December 17, 2017

    Forty great ideas, Christy. Mr Fox just dragged me around the shops for three hours so I am not sure about retail therapy for me.

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  10. Norah December 17, 2017

    What a lot of fun suggestions, Christy, though I’m not sure I’ll try something terrifying! Best wishes to you for finding the way to relax that best suits you. Have a wonderful Christmas, and please don’t let the next one sneak up so quick!

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  11. Miss Gentileschi December 17, 2017

    Thanks for this, Christy! Now, my calendar is even fuller! :D ;) No, honestly, these are great ways to reduce the stress levels, and I´m going to make sure to do actually a few of these things! xxxxx <3

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  12. blueribbonfair December 18, 2017

    I just got a little dog and the “photo shoot” idea while doing it is a great idea.

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  13. rollyachabotbooks December 18, 2017

    Hi Christy…

    Excellent suggestions for relaxation and that ever so important getting away from the daily grind. It is not so bad when you finally retire as each day is a new day of doing what you love.
    I started letting my three hairs down when I retired in 2011 and it has been a blast in entertainment ever since…

    Hugs from Alberta

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  14. roughwighting December 20, 2017

    Wow! I wish you lived near by. We’d have a blast with some of your suggestions. No one in my family (nor my friends) will go out for Karaoke night with me (they know, ahem, my singing voice). But you don’t!!! :-) Wonderful suggestions here Christy.

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  15. Amy Caudill December 20, 2017

    You have lots of great ideas here, Christy. My family has done a lot of these, and though I never thought about them being stress busters, they really are!

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  16. Prajakta December 21, 2017

    In the last few weeks, in an attempt to find my “groove” back I tried a few of these. Nothing works better than some doggie therapy 😍

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  17. exfoliators February 14, 2018

    Amazing suggestions!

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  18. iamtinu February 19, 2018

    Great post dear.. I love the way u write..💯💯

    Reply

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