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It’s not easy finding time to relax over your holiday breaks. Sometimes, with so much going on, it even begins to create more stress than you get from work. With these 5 tricks to relaxing over your holiday, you should be able to squeeze every last bit of relaxation out of your time off.

  1. Read a book. Often, when we read, we often read for work, or school, but rarely do we just read for pleasure. Take some time and pick up whatever book it is that you’ve been putting off for yourself and do your best to set aside time to read. Try to pick a book that can easily be completed before your holiday ends, there’s nothing more disappointing than reading almost all the way through something only to not be able to finish it. This will give you some much needed time alone.
  2. Try out something new to relax. Yoga, meditation and going to the spa can be exactly what you need after weeks of endless stress. Find yourself a new, relaxing hobby to get your mind off things for a bit. Like meditation, often things like yoga, walking and running can often be extremely calming and mind-clearing. Just take the time to figure out what works for you.
  3. Travel easier. When they aren’t planned right, sometimes vacation trips can become even more stressful than the world you are escaping. Try to avoid traveling during the times of the day when traffic and commuter build-up are at their worst; instead try to plan your trips around it and leave at a less busy time. You can even try to take your time, stopping to see the sights as you drive; if you focus too long on the destination, you won’t be able to enjoy the journey. Take the time to enjoy your trip this h
  4. oliday season, you will find it to be a much more relaxing experience.
  5. Make time for “Me Time”. During holidays, many people feel bad if they try to avoid their families or don’t spend all of their time together. Holidays are just as much about recharging as they are reconnecting. Don’t feel bad taking some time for you this holiday season, everyone else is sure to understand.
  6. Try something new. Sometimes people spend so much time trying to improve the one strategy that works for them. Take some time during your break to try out something new, or a new way of doing something you enjoy. When you return to work at the end of your break you will have a completely new energy as you are so excited to try out your newest strategy.