Holiday season. You’ve got crumbs in your hair, dishes in your sink, guests on their way and a recurring nightmare about gumdrops attacking your living room upholstery.
You’re sapped. But you don’t have to be. Here are a few self-care reminders to help you get all the way to New Years in one piece.
Let someone else string your holiday lights.
Average national cost for light installation: $200 to $280
If you want your house to sparkle but you don’t love the idea of climbing up a ladder in freezing weather, hire a professional to do it for you. So you can give your home a festive glow without catching pneumonia.
Get your hair done.
Average national cost for hairstyling: $70 to $110
You spent all week making your party pretty — leave getting pretty for the party to the professionals. And skip the drive to the salon by hiring a stylist who comes to you.
Give yourself a break from cleaning.
Average national cost for house cleaning: $110 to $140
Entertaining holiday guests is fun. Cleaning up after their trail of destruction, less fun. Hire a cleaner to lift the weight of your dishes (and a month’s worth of your niece’s laundry) off your shoulders.
Don’t even try to fix that broken ceiling light.
Average national cost for handyman services: $100 to $160
Need to fix that lamp your mother-in-law got you last Christmas — and broke before New Years? Ditch the crazy glue and hire a handyman to get the job done right. She never has to know.
Catch up on your grains and greens.
Stuffing. Bacon wrapped figs. Pot roast. Foods that warm your soul — and settle in your stomach like a mound of bricks. Need a break? Hire a personal chef to inject some green into your diet and help you feel good between feasts. If ancient grains and dino kale are new for you, consider hiring a meal delivery service to keep you on track.
Give your turkey-basting muscles a break.
Average national cost for massage therapy: $70 to $90
Having nightmares that your Christmas tree is chasing you? An hour or two of massage can reduce stress, pain and anxiety, and hit the reset button on your sleep schedule. Give your body and brain a break by hiring a massage therapist who will come to you.
Get your endorphins flowing.
Average national cost for personal training: $40 to $60
Whether or not you feel guilty about the bowl of cookie dough you stress-ate on Thanksgiving morning, exercise is your friend. Working out once or twice a week with a personal trainer can help keep mile-long to-do lists off your mind — and the health benefits don’t suck either.
Help keep yourself centered.
Not a meditation person? No problem. Meditation specialists can guide you through breathing exercises that you can use again and again. Don’t wait until January 2 to take your first big breath. Hire someone to keep holiday panic at bay before it even starts.
Let someone else take the dog for a walk.
Bandit knows that you treasure your time together, but he won’t mind if you hand off walking duties to a professional for a couple days each week. Use that extra time to get through your holiday gift list, catch up on work or take a nap. No judgment here.