Better Ways to Spend Your Boxing Day
Ah - Boxing Day.
What pops up in most people’s minds? Crowded malls, insane sale prices, and complete and utter chaos.
It’s enough to stress most of us out - not to mention anxiety. So, don’t feel bad if you want to forego the regular Boxing Day shopping this year. Sitting it out can actually do wonders for your mental health.
But - okay - what do you do while everyone else is out shopping and throwing their Christmas money at the cashiers? Well, how about this for some food for thought: Zone in on your wellness lifestyle.
What do you need right now? You’re probably socialized out - all those holiday parties and gatherings. Maybe a little time to yourself isn’t too shabby. Here are a few ways you can spend Boxing Day, without hitting up the malls or spending any more money.
Throw Yourself a Spa Day
And no, you don’t need to spend hundreds of dollars at that luxurious spa. You can do it all in the comfort of your own home. Or if you’re still visiting family, in the comfort of their home.
Start simple. Sleep in. Have a relaxing hot bath. Throw on a face mask. A hair mask will also do. Do your nails. Partake in a little self-massage (we mean foam rollers and massage balls - get your head out of the gutter!). And just chill out. Put on a movie or show. Or read a book. Take that necessary self-care time that you’ve been missing out on the last month with your busy schedule. Sometimes, you really do need it (heck, we all do!).
Try a Winter Activity Outside
While everyone is running inside toward the sales, you’re running outside. Maybe it’s in the form of snowshoes or skates - whatever you do, just get out there! The cold weather does actually come with some benefits - check those out here.
Winter hikes can also provide some seriously scenic views. Plus, the fresh air will do you good. Consider it your rule of living the best wellness lifestyle you deserve. We don’t get outside as much in the winter. Jump on the opportunity where it presents itself - especially if it’s a particularly nice winter day.
Take Down the Christmas Decor
Do you ever look around a few weeks into the New Year and wonder why on earth your Christmas decorations are still up? Guilty! You put it off, then put if off again. Before you know it, it’s a month later and it’s still looking a lot like Christmas. It adds yet another line to your to-do list.
But not this year! This year you’re on top of your game. It’s Boxing Day and you’re clearing house. Do it now, so it doesn’t become a nagging problem later. It’s entirely worth it. Plus, it’s one less thing you have to worry about.
Relax & Hang Out With the Fam
Okay, so you’ve already spent a lot of time with your family. But isn’t so rare that we get these opportunities to get together? I know the older my siblings and I get it has become less and less of a regular occurrence. Don’t take it for granted. Again, hop on board this opportunity. Embrace it.
And you don’t need to do anything crazy. Throw on a documentary or a movie together. Have leftovers from the Christmas feast or bake a new cookie recipe.
Get Your Post-Holiday Workout Done
Everyone is at the mall. This might be your last chance for an empty gym before the New Year’s rush begins. Take advantage of it. If you’re one of those people who cherish and relish the moments in an empty gym, this is your time to shine. Plus, it can help you shake that holiday hangover and give you a little energy back after a chaotic Christmas.
Just because Christmas is over, it doesn’t mean giving comes to a full-fledged stop. Volunteers are needed year-round. Offer your hand at a homeless shelter. Or sign up to help out at the local hospital one day a week for the new year (it could potentially be a good 2019 resolution). Google spots to volunteer in your area. Your mental health and wellness will benefit too!
Start Planning Your New Year
… if you want! Most people don’t even think about New Year’s Eve plans until after Christmas. Thus, Boxing Day is the perfect time to start getting your plans rolling. Look into what’s going on around town. Contact your friends or family and find out what they’re doing.
No pressure though. New Years can be seen by some as highly overrated. And you by no means need to actually do anything. It’s technically just another night.
Take Time & Reflect
Just slow right down. The month leading up to Christmas is jam-packed. Meditate. Find ways to calm your mind. Write down your highs and lows from the last year. What have you learned? Where can you make improvements? What do you want for yourself for the next year? Write it all down.
Also, if you’re feeling a bit of that post-Christmas hangover (even the non-alcoholic kind), consider writing out things you want to accomplish in the coming year - kind of like New Year’s resolutions, except they span throughout the year. It could be a trip you want to go on or a friend you want to meet up with. It’ll give you something to look forward to now that the holidays are coming to a quick end.
Knit. Paint. Do crafts! Dive into your creative side. Perhaps you’ve barely had time for it over the last month. And hey, if you got any Christmas gifts that you can create with, you can use ‘em.
Do Something Different This Boxing Day
Don’t give in to the pressures of having to go spend more. Christmas costs a lot on its own. Instead, indulge in other activities - especially ones that are rare or you haven’t have the time for lately.
Boxing Day isn’t all about shopping. In some places, it’s even celebrated as a sort of second Christmas - minus the stress of it all. Do what you need to do! Start living that wellness lifestyle today.