10 Tips for Surviving the Holiday Season in Balanced Style
It’s the most wonderful time of the year! But let’s be real: ‘tis the season of trying to navigate work obligations and the social expectations of friends and family. During this celebratory time, it’s easy to lose ourselves in the hustle of department stores and the bustle of hosting parties. For moments when the holiday madness is getting to you, here are some quick, simple, and refreshing reminders that can make a world of difference.
Drinking plenty of water each day refreshes your body inside and out, resulting in extra energy and a glowing complexion. Indulging in alcohol at a merry celebration can lead to dehydration, so ask for water between each cocktail or enjoy a classic mocktail like club soda and lemon.
2. Work It Out
Exercise is a powerful natural remedy to holiday stress. A daily dose of fresh air and exercise will increase blood flow, leaving your spirits warm and your skin bright. For an added bonus, plan a family and friends group hike or fitness class for some active social time between gatherings.
3. Snack Wisely
Tempted to munch on every treat in sight? Curb your hunger with healthy snacks before you hit the party. Try munching on veggie sticks with hummus or a handful of almonds. Even better? Bring a healthy snack like warm olives or spiced nuts to an event so that everyone has a healthy option. Sweet tooth? Have a cookie! Just try to limit it to one or two. Refined sugar is inflammatory and can leave you feeling sluggish the next day.
4. Refresh Your Look En Route
Keep your fresh-look favorites on hand to easily reapply when on the go. A swipe of Rose Dorée Lip Oil adds healthy hint of color to lips. Pack your favorite Cream Color Duo to add warmth to cheeks and eyelids. A travel-size can of dry shampoo can add a burst of volume to tired locks and reduce the transfer of oil between hair and skin.
5. Try a Balancing Tonic
Need a surge of antioxidants? We asked the One Over One team to share their favorite balancing tonics. Jen, our founder, loves sipping on a blend of cider vinegar, honey, and warm water to reduce inflammation and promote calm before bed. A healthy alternative to pumpkin spice lattes, warm golden milk with turmeric, black pepper, honey, and almond milk is a sweet way to boost immunity and promote healthy digestion.
6. Start Fresh
It can be tempting to come home from a holiday party and crash instantly. But try to remember to wash your face before bed, removing all traces of makeup and grime. Our Free Foam is a quick and easy way to clean your skin when all you want to do is hit the pillow. Seconds at night means a radiant glow the next day. Try a quick splash of cold water in the morning to reduce puffiness.
7. Get Your Beauty Sleep
The holidays can be super stressful and lack of sleep doesn’t help. Sleep is the body’s time to rest and repair. Skimping on zzz’s in favor of late night festivities can leave you cranky and frazzled. Don't be afraid to leave early—your health comes first!
8. Prioritize Personal Pampering
Give yourself the gift of ten to twenty minutes of “me time” each day. Take a minute to meditate before bed or soak in a hot bath. Relieve tension by adding a cup of Epsom salts and a dash of lavender oil to your bathwater.
9. Surround Yourself with Seasonal Scents
Cinnamon and peppermint are popular holiday scents known to enhance alertness and energy. Look for festive candles, room sprays, and lotions made with pure essential oils to get the full aromatherapy benefits of these wintery scents.
10. Make Memories
When you get overwhelmed by the holly and the jolly, take a deep breath and remember that the holidays are about being with people you love. Take advantage of having your loved ones together by taking a family photo, watching your favorite movie, or hosting a Friends-mas potluck. That cozy feeling? That makes it all worth it.