The holiday season can be a great opportunity for relaxation. Check out some of Modern Intimacy’s recommendations to help you get and stay cozy throughout the season.
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Modern Intimacy Recommends: Cozy Gifts
Spoken Flames Candle
“Uniquely scented candles that crackle like a campfire and engage your senses of sight, sound, and smell for an immersive candle experience and is perfect for cozy gift sets.”– Imani Reynolds, AMFT
“Out of Patience for Deeply Disappointing Men in Unmerited Positions of Authority” Travel Mug
“Cozy up with your favorite hot drink in a to-go travel mug that frankly says what’s on many people’s mind.” – Brooke Brownlee, APCC
“Get cozy with these socks for a great cause. 20% of proceeds go to the Women’s Prison Association which provides resources to help women avoid arrest or incarceration.” – Rachel Overvoll, Somatic Sex Coach
The Comfy Wearable Blanket
“An oversized hooded blanket that provides soft and warm comfort. Perfect for watching movies on the couch, reading a book, and getting that wrapped up in a hug feeling.” – Hunter English, Clinical Extern
“For me, nothing feels cozier than being wrapped in a warm and fuzzy blanket. Whether you are watching tv, reading, or napping, a cozy blanket provides the ultimate comfort.”– Kayla Tricaso, Office Manager & Intake Specialist
5 Tips for Relaxing When it Feels Hard to Slow Down
Relaxing doesn’t come easy for everyone. Some are able to turn their brain off and relax at some point in the day, but for others, it feels like there is always something that needs to be done and not enough time. Depending on how packed your schedule is, it can feel challenging to carve out time just for you to relax, unwind, and get cozy. If relaxing is something you struggle with, read on.
Know you deserve to relax
The first step in relaxing is giving yourself permission to do so. You may have received messaging at some point that you need to earn rest by overworking, overcommitting, and self-sacrificing. No matter your schedule, responsibilities, and obligations, you deserve time and space to relax in whatever way feels meaningful to you.
Ask for help when you need it
Don’t be scared to ask for help when you need support. For example, if you are feeling overwhelmed from a hectic work day and need a warm bath before tending to chores or the kids, can you ask your roommate or partner for help? If cooking dinner feels like the last thing on Earth you have the energy for, can you treat yourself to takeout instead? It can be helpful to think of ways you can make your life easier when you’re feeling depleted.
Schedule yourself in your own schedule
This might seem silly, but one way to ensure you remember to prioritize you-time is to put yourself in your schedule. This can be something small like fifteen minutes to meditate, lay on the couch, or anything else you need that would help you relax. You can even block out an hour or more and take yourself out to coffee or lunch if you need a little more self care.
Make sure your cozy time is all about you
Many have been there; you’re doing something just for you, check your phone, and before you know it you’re transported into work mode during your down time. If you know of any distractions that will keep you from being fully present in your relaxing time, try to put those items off to the side to avoid distractions. This is YOU time and you deserve every second of that time without interruptions.
Take a mental health day when you need it
Burnout is real and it can really take a toll on your mental health. If it feel feasible, can you take a day off from work so you can prioritize some self care? If it feels okay, maybe use one of your PTO days to create a special day for yourself or even a day to do absolutely nothing. It’s understandable that not everyone has the privilege to take a day off work, so feel free to schedule your mental health days during any days off, during the weekend, or whenever it feels possible.
The Modern Intimacy Team is wishing you a healthy, cozy holiday season!