We’re in the midst of the busiest shopping time of the year and your store is buzzing with activity all day. It’s fun but it can also be exhausting especially as you work long days and try to get ready for the holidays at home too. Here are some quick, easy ways to unwind and relax so that you are refreshed and ready to help all of your customers again tomorrow and throughout the holiday season.
Stock up on chocolate. Just ask us, chocolate is a beautiful comfort food! But, do you know that it is also a great calming food? It’s high in magnesium which is proven to help with relaxation. It also contains anandamine, a neurotransmitter which can help induce feelings of peace and calm. Ahhhhhhh. Chocolate raises endorphin levels too which is all the more reason to unwind with a delicious chocolate treat. Who knew there are so many good reasons to eat chocolate? Relax and enjoy!
Drink tea. There’s nothing like a calming cup of chamomile tea at the end of a long and stressful day. According to www.shape.com, “If you experience a long day and can’t seem to calm down, brew yourself a nice cup of chamomile tea with some added honey for a boost of nutrients.” Stay away from tea with caffeine in it and instead seek decaffeinated teas that combat stress like lavender tea, lemon balm tea and passionflower tea. So, put your feet up and sip a steamy cup of tea.
Take a brisk walk. Don’t have time to go to the gym? Take a quick walk instead. According to www.prevention.com, walking triggers “the release of endorphins, potent brain chemicals that relieve pain and stimulate relaxation. Simply put, the higher your level of endorphins, the greater your sense of calm and well-being.” Of course the faster and farther you walk, the greater the benefits. But during this busy season, do what you can. Even a few minutes of exercise is better than nothing at all. Enjoy your walk!
Listen to music. Listening to your favorite music is one of the easiest ways to decrease stress. According to www.completewellbeing.com, “a burgeoning body of research proves the calming effects music has on your nerves.” They also report that research by the department of psychology at the University of South Alabama shows that listening to self-select music after a stressful event or day significantly reduces negative emotional states compared to sitting in silence. So, listen to your favorite music or the sounds of nature, like birds chirping or water sounds like waves clapping against the shore, and relax!
Let us know how you relax when it’s hectic at your store. Leave us a comment.