Does the phrase "relaxing holiday season" seem far out of reach? If it does, you’re not alone. There’s plenty to do during the holidays: there are gifts to buy, parties to host, work to finish and travel plans to make. With a hectic schedule, it’s easy to feel overwhelmed. This year, pace yourself and take a step back. After all, this is supposed to be the most wonderful time of the year, so don’t forget that you deserve a gift too. Here are three ideas to help you relax and get into the holiday spirit in no time.

A day at the spa. A little rest and relaxation can be just the pick-me-up you need to conquer the rest of your holiday to-do list, so plan a spa day for yourself. Take the day off so you don’t feel rushed and spend it being pampered. You’ve worked hard all year, and a relaxing massage or facial is just too good to pass up.

Three Ways To Help You Enjoy The Holiday Season

Get started on your goals for next year. Make 2017 the year you learn a new language or pick up at that instrument you’ve always wanted to play. Get a jump start by enrolling in a class over the holiday season to learn something new. Shaking up your routine and mastering a new skill is one of the best gifts to give yourself, and feeling like you’ve already gotten a jump on 2017 is just a bonus.

The holiday season is full of hustle and bustle, but if you remember to treat yourself every now and then, the season will ultimately be more enjoyable and relaxing for you and those you love most. 

Great food and great company. Hectic schedules filled with holiday obligations tend to reduce meal times to quick grab-and-go items in between errands. Why not break the cycle and enjoy a nice dinner out with your loved ones. Pick a place that holds memories for your family - it can be as formal or informal as you like - and gather for a relaxing meal together.

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