With the holidays in full swing, taking a few minutes each day to clear your mind and relax can go a long way in helping you maintain your sanity. Print out the following list of tips and post it somewhere you’ll see it often to remind you of simple steps you can take to care for yourself.



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Listen to a relaxation download. An audio-guided relaxation helps slow down a spinning mind.
Swap backrubs. For the month of December, swap 5-minute backrubs each night with a loved one.
Take a 10- or 20-minute nap. Even a quick lie-down can do wonders to calm your mind and recharge you.
Sip warm Natural Calm. This magnesium drink by Natural Vitality eases stress naturally and tastes great warm, sipped from a mug.
Journal. Writing in a journal can help put your day into perspective; try committing to filling one page each morning.
Watch a comedy or a funny comedian. Stream a movie or comedy special that’s sure to make you laugh.
Add 5 minutes to your dog walk. Turn down a new block on your morning dog walk and enjoy the new perspective.
Count your blessings. This may sound trite, but simply mentally listing the positives in your life can quickly put concerns and stress into perspective.
Listen to music. Put music on while cooking, folding laundry or driving, for a quick mood change.
Sneak out for a movie. ’Nuff said.
Sip herbal tea. Look for calming herbs such as skullcap, valerian, chamomile and catnip.
Go for a walk. The benefits of simply getting out of the house and moving cannot be overstated.