With the Holidays upon us, we constantly hear “it is the most wonderful time of the year.” While this is true, and the Holidays are indeed beautiful, a fair amount of stress accompanies the sleigh bells and holly.
The nearly endless line of festivities often causes us to neglect our self-care rituals, endure uncomfortable family settings, sweat under financial stress, and even feel guilty for failing to complete our ever-growing to-do lists.
The stress and anxiety that gets cranked up during this time of year can wreak havoc on our bodies, and with holiday feast after holiday feast, it’s easy react with emotional eating and increased weight gain.
The key is finding the balance that allows us to focus inward and remember the reason for all this hubbub.
Despite years of navigating the ups-and-downs of each holiday season, it is still difficult to achieve the ideal healthy and stress free experience. The key is finding the balance that allows us to focus inward and remember the reason for all this hubbub.
Sometimes, this is as easy as granting yourself an escape from the fuss. Here are some of our favorite destinations for relaxation and rejuvenation during the holiday season:
1. Ice Skating in Central Park Central park
It is one of the most picturesque locations to spend a snowy winter evening, plus it’s awesome exercise! Instead of slugging through yet another gym workout, you can glide gracefully across the ice while enjoying the splendors of the city and the bright stars above.
This hidden gem was rated one of the most beautiful spas in Manhattan and is not to be missed.
2. Dip in the AIRE baths
Escape the hustle and bustle and take a trip to Southern Spain at the cost of a taxi ride to SOHO. While relaxing to the lull of a classic guitar, you can immerse yourself in a soothing bath or take a break for a rejuvenating massage. This hidden gem was rated one of the most beautiful spas in Manhattan and is not to be missed.
3. Rest in a Healing Pod at Sacred Space NY
Duck into Sacred Space NY, right off of fifth avenue, and find refuge from the city’s busiest shopping street during the holidays. Sacred Space NY offers a Serenity Healing Pod™ that is designed as a beautiful refuge from NYC’s constant stimulation on the senses. Specifically designed to help you de-stress and reconnect, you can also enjoy a meditation, a massage or a personal yoga session while inside.
4. Stroll through ABC Home
Take a break from your typical shopping hot spots to discover a world of magic, design inspiration and beauty for your life and home. ABC Home ignites your senses through innovative and modern accessories and wellness products. A simple stroll through its beautiful interior will surely relax your mind and offers unique holiday gifts, as well!
5. Take a Pure Yoga Class or Workshop
Not your typical yoga class, Pure Yoga offers a source of inspiration for your mind, body and soul. The simple and clean beauty their spaces offer truly transports you to a place of tranquility. Bringing a new yoga experience to Manhattan, their classes and workshops provide a quick vacation away from the city.
Head to Chalk Point Kitchen and order a Kalck Hoek Kale Martini. This adorable and charming brunch place has a unique rustic interior that will transport you out of the cold.
6. Grab a Healthy Cocktail at Chalk Point Kitchen
If the holiday crowds leave you in need of a drink, at least make it a healthy one! Head to Chalk Point Kitchen and order a Kalck Hoek Kale Martini. This adorable and charming brunch place has a unique rustic interior that will transport you out of the cold and straight to the farm where their delicious dishes are grown. And, unlike at the lines at the mall, there’s no need to wait because they take reservations!
7. Stroll down Fifth Avenue
Turn off your phone, tuck away your shopping list, and stroll just to stroll. Enjoy the beautiful sights and sounds without the pressure of having to make any purchases. Half the fun of the holiday season in the city is seeing the tricked-out window displays along Fifth Avenue and the Christmas trees that reach the sky.
The Path, is perfect during the holidays because it is designed specifically for the busy individual.
8. Attend a Path Meditation
The ancient healing practice of meditation is known for creating peace within the chaos. Our favorite meditation class, The Path, is perfect during the holidays because it is designed specifically for the busy individual. The best part? The Path makes meditation o-so-simple and gives you to techniques to practice anytime anxiety hits.
9. Sit Down and Sip Organic Tea
Most of us guzzle down our coffee the second our mugs are topped off for a burst of energy as we run out the door. Try something different and take a break from your day by mindfully sitting and sipping some organic tea (or your coffee if you prefer) from start to finish. Relax. Breathe. Rest your mind. During the winter months, it is alway fun to become distracted people watching while you cozy up and stay warm. It’s a simple practice that leaves you energized and ready to take on the rest of your day.
10. Embrace a Delicious Dinner at Candle 79
This farm to table, premier vegan oasis is perfect for decompressing after a long day of being out-and-about. Not only is the food fresh, delicious, and creative, it boasts incredible healing power. This elegant, candle lit eco-bar is known for never being crowded and has an intimate ambiance that perfectly compliments the holiday season. Plus, you won’t leave feeling sluggish like after most holiday feasts.
So, no matter where you live or whom you are with, take time for yourself each day so you may more easily embrace compassion, gratitude and forgiveness during this can-be stressful time of year. Not only will your day-to-day actions be brought to ease, but you will also find this newfound balance will prepare you to make healthy lifestyle choices throughout the entire year.
Sarah Anne brings her ‘wellness’ wisdom straight from the Midwest where she witnessed the power alternative of medicine firsthand during her father’s successful fight against cancer. Twelve years and thousands of hours of training since her father’s clean bill of health, Sarah is now a Certified Holistic Health Practitioner (AADP) and weight-loss expert who focuses on building a unique mindset and fun and rewarding wellness lifestyle in each of her clients.
Based in NYC, Sarah is the founder of the ground-breaking Holistically Slim movement. Her contagious smile, graceful demeanor, and unparalleled zest for life are central to both Sarah’s work and play, leading her to create of one-of-a-kind events and to embark on enlightening adventures across the globe.