The holidays are all about celebrating with family, enjoying a break from your usual work routine, and indulging in the giving spirit. From decorating to shopping, baking, and gift wrapping, there is so much to love about the holiday preparation process, but it can also be a time of great stress. Finding the right gifts and making holiday travel plans can add an extra level of fatigue that can run down even the most cheerful of holiday spirits. Because of this, it's important to remember to gift yourself the things you need to stay cheery and bright: time to relax, space to rejuvenate, and the focus to ground yourself in what matters most. Here are a few helpful reminders to help treat yourself right this holiday season!
1. Give yourself permission to relax
There is always plenty to do during the month of December, which is why it's so easy to burn out before the holidays even arrive. While it's tempting to try to cross everything off your to-do list as quickly as possible, try to slow down and enjoy the process. At the very least, make sure you're using your nights and evenings to fully unwind and get the rest you need to move through the month. The Ayadee Sensa Ritual Aromatherapy kit comes with a choice of Lavender or Lemongrass essential oil. The kit also includes natural aroma-absorbing lava rocks and an Aria ceramic display dish.
2. Add fun pops of color to brighten your home
The winter doldrums are real, and they're typically a result of natural shifts in daylight. Simply put, we experience less brightness during the gray winter months, which can result in a lowered mood and lack of motivation. This is perhaps why we bring twinkly holiday lights, warmly lit fireplaces, and candles into our winter traditions. Another helpful way to break through the darkness is to infuse your home with fun pops of color. This unexpected color in your field of vision will help boost your wintertime mood and keep your synapses firing. The signature collection from Lafayette Avenue Ceramics is a perfect place to look for bright, functional items that you'll have the joy of using regularly.
3. Stay healthy with your favorite warm foods and drinks
Whether you're a tea drinker, hot toddy fanatic, or simply love a good bowl of soup, now is the time to indulge in all of your favorite cold weather foods and beverages. The comfort of a warm meal can bring a grounded sense of joy and gratitude to your daily hustle and bustle—and helps keep you healthy during cold and flu season! These oxidized ceramic tumblers and shallow ceramic dinner bowls from Cieri Ceramics are perfect for cradling your hot beverages or serving up your homemade soups.
4. Give simple, practical gifts this year
Rather than springing for flashy gifts, keep your shopping list simple with practical everyday handmade items. These useful gifts offer something of immediate value and their craftsmanship makes them extra special. Handmade cutting boards and useful kitchen items like ceramic colanders are elegantly versatile, and their small batch artisanal quality means you won't have to worry if your giftee already has one like it.
5. Organize and clear your spaces
Winter is also the perfect time to clear away any clutter that has been gathering all year. Donate the items you no longer enjoy, and take time to honor the things you keep by organizing your shelves, closets, and countertops. If you'd like a big design change, this is also the perfect time to invest in tasteful storage solutions, like this handmade copper canister set from Sertodo Copper.
More than anything, make sure you take the time to be fully present with beloved friends and family, and to reflect on all that you accomplished this year. We hope you have a wonderful holiday season!