Read this post. Trust me, you'll want to.
Christmas is my absolute favorite time of year. From Thanksgiving until January 1st, I forget about how much I despise cold weather and bask in the warmth that is Christmas cheer. Oh, Lord, is that cheesy or what? But I mean it. There's just something about all the decorations, the music, the preparation for the birth of my Lord, that makes me all giddy. But it can also be a stressful time with the end of school, shopping to do, letters to send, volunteer work, etc.
I know I'm not the only person in the world who stresses. Kids, taking care of the home, jobs, finding a job, loved ones who are fighting for our freedom overseas, school, being a good friend and family member-- it can all be so overwhelming and take a toll on the body. I try to use homeopathic remedies (I think that's the term I'm looking for...) when I'm feeling incredibly stressed because Lord knows my body gets pumped full of enough pharmaceuticals as is.
These are a few of my favorite (relaxation) things:
1. Aromatherapy lotion from Bath and Body Works. Greatest. Collection. Ever. I have several bottles, from travel size to full, that I use all the time. I'll rub it in to my knots in my back, neck, and shoulders, on my temples and sinus cavities, and even on my hands and feet before bed time. The various fragrances all smell so good and really do help me relax and unwind.
2. Moisturizing socks from Earth Therapeutics. Oh. My. Gosh. They are SO soft and comfy, have aloe infused in them to help keep your feet from getting dry, and are perfect during the winter when the toesies get cold easily. When I've had a long day, I'll come home and rub some aromatherapy lotion on my feet and slip those socks on before crawling into bed. The feet absorb the lotion and give a relaxing touch to my whole body. Here's a little tip, too: if you have a cough that's keeping you up at night (or is just annoying), rub some Vick's vaporub on your feet and then put socks on. I dare you to tell me you didn't quit coughing within 10 minutes.
3. Anti-stress sinus pillow from Earth Therapeutics. Y'all, I'm not kidding when I say that this is, hands down, my best purchase of all time. I won't even stop short of saying it's been a life saver. I bought it in Boston last October after I borrowed my friends to help nurse a delightful hangover. Little did I know how much I would use it. I stick this bad boy in the microwave more often than not, but especially when I have a headache or migraine. This past spring and summer, I had a migraine at least 4 times a week; I'd heat the mask up for a minute (30 seconds each side) and slip it over my eyes while I fell asleep in the cold cave of my bedroom. It was so soothing and helped alleviate a lot of the pressure. When I have sinus headaches, I'll take out the rice pack and put in a baggie of ice and slip it over my face so it hits the sinus cavities and reduces the swelling (you can freeze the rice pack, I just never have). Even if you're just a little stressed, warm the mask up or pop it in the freezer, slip it over your eyes, lay it on your forehead, or even around your neck and let it help you de-stress.
4. OPI nail polish. It's the only kind I use, even if it is overpriced. Nothing says relaxing like a fresh mani/pedi with some pretty polish!
5. A great book and a warm beverage on the couch. Ok, that's a partial lie. I don't really enjoy warm beverages, but I hear they help heal a stressed out body, especially tea. I do, however, absolutely love to read and can spend hours (and lots of money) in a bookstore finding the perfect books to add to my collection. I don't usually read anything mind-blowing or overly thought provoking though (except I do love a good mystery) because I get enough of the serious talk in my text books and when I read for fun, I generally want to lose myself in the sillyness of a another world. When I'm stressed, nothing beats a book that will make me laugh, like Jen Lancaster's, "Bitter is the New Black." I read it three years ago on a trip and literally laughed out loud the entire time.
6. When all else fails, I'll retreat to my room, light a candle, and eat some chocolate. Doesn't get much better than that!
And now you're probably asking, "Why the hell did I want to read all of that?"
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Woohoo! It's a holiday giveaway! I originally planned to do a giveaway to honor my one year of blogging, but that's not until the end of January and I can't wait that long because I'm too wrapped up in the holiday spirit and want to give something away now!
And here's the best part: none of this crap of having a chance to have 800 different entries. No tweeting (twitting?), facebooking, blogging about it, spinning in circles while patting your head, rubbing your belly, and trying to lick your elbow bs. I like to keep it fair and give everyone an equal shot, so only one entry per person.
To enter, you must:
1. Leave a comment telling me an embarrassing story about yourself. That's it!
1. Make sure you leave an email address at the end of your comment (even if you think your comment is linked to your email, leave the address anyway, just to be safe.)
2. If you are commenting as anonymous, you must identify yourself in your comment, tell me how you found me, and leave a link to your blog (if you have one). Why? If you're going to be getting some goods from me, I'm going to force you to delurk! Neener neener neener.
3. You must live in the Continental US. Unless you want to pay for the shipping (hey, I'm just being honest. Nursing school is expensive, yo). Sorry :(
Tell me that's not easy! Just like every giveaway should be, huh?
The giveaway will END December 19 at NOON (EST). I will choose a winner using random.org and announce it by 8pm (EST) that evening. The prize will ship Tuesday, December 21st (since I work Monday's), just in time for Christmas and some holiday relaxation!
Sorry to all you momma's out there hoping I was giving away free babysitting. But, tell ya what, fly me to you and give me a free place to stay, and I'll watch your kids in return! It's a win-win: I escape Indiana, you get child care.
Good luck! I hope you guys are as excited about the prize as I am to be giving it away!
*Disclaimer: I'm not being compensated in any way for doing this giveaway.*