While the holiday season is an exciting time, it can also be an exhausting one. With long wish lists and tons of shopping to do, sometimes you’ll want nothing more than to put your feet up and relax. It can be hard to give yourself a break, so to prepare for the 2016 holidays, Ashley Chloe is sharing the ultimate pre-holiday relaxation guide. From gadgets that help you unwind to restful weekend getaways, you’ll get a step by step guide on how to de-stress before things get crazy.
Unwind with Wearables
When you think of wearable technology, you may think of how it makes us more connected. In addition to making our lives more efficient and tech-centered, wearables can also help us unwind. The wearables below were designed just with that in mind. Relaxation is only a moment away with these wearable gadgets.
Helix Cuff - Wearable Headphones with Noise Reduction
Listening to music can be an incredibly relaxing experience, especially when your headphones are always on hand, stored right on your wrist in a sleek cuff. There’s no having to stress about finding your headphones or taking minutes to untangle them. Besides being a fashion-forward accessory, Helix Cuff Wearable Headphones are made with top notch technology including cVc noise reduction and aptX high quality audio.
Listen to meditations or relaxing music without being distracted by your environment with the Helix Cuff’s technological advancements. Imagine starting a routine of practicing yoga in the morning before work while listening to Calm Meditation on Pandora or Spotify’s popular Yoga for People Who Know Music.
Misfit Shine - Fitness and Sleep Tracker
You may know Misfit for their fitness trackers, but with dual function, they also work as sleep wearables. The Misfit Shine is equipped with motion sensing technology that can monitor light and restless sleep as well as deep REM, so you know how well you’ve been sleeping and can adjust your routine to sleep better. Sleep is key during the busy holidays and this wearable will help you snooze better than before.
Calm Down with Chill New Music
When things get really crazy, your normal playlist won’t cut it. This new music will help you unwind. Listen to it during your commute or to calm down after a long day.
Skylar Grey - Acoustic Pop
Skylar Grey launched herself into the limelight with her songs on the soundtracks of Suicide Squad, Fifty Shades of Grey, and The Fast and The Furious. Her latest album, Natural Causes, is her third time recording in the studio as Skylar Grey, having written songs behind the scenes for years. The acoustic style and slow rhythm of the album give it an incredible relaxing sound. Hit shuffle all and let your eyes close for this one.
Ro James - R&B
For fans of Rhythm & Blues, Ro James is a fresh and relaxing pick. ELDORADO is James’ debut album and is definitely picking up steam. Critics are saying that Ro James has a bright future in R&B and this album is certainly an indication of that. His top single, Already Knew That, has a lush, rhythmic sound that R&B and music lovers alike have to hear.
Relaxing Weekend Getaways
When there’s no relaxation to be found in your home, it’s time to getaway. These relaxing weekend getaways are a perfect plan for this fall.
U.S. News rated Savannah, Georgia as the number one fall getaway destination. The city is known for its Spanish Moss, southern accents, and eccentricity with top spots that include Forsyth Park, history tours, a bright city market, and more. Just an hour and a half from the lively city is the secluded Sea Island and Cloister Hotel. With beaches, outdoor activities and one of the top spas in the world, this may be your pre-holiday paradise.
St. Louis, Missouri
St. Louis is an up and coming vacation spot. While the Gateway Arch is a well-known must-see, the growing city is full of fun attractions. St. Louis is the birthplace of iced tea and the ice cream cone, and has earned a title of the “Home of The Blues”. With loads of free things to do, St. Louis is a budget-friendly destination. Just getting away from the same routine everyday will help you start to unwind and enjoy the fall.
Lake Tahoe, California
If losing yourself in the beauty of nature is what helps you chill out, Lake Tahoe could be the fall getaway of your dreams. With impressive cliff sides and many large mountains, nature enthusiasts will find themselves at home. Fill your dreamy retreat with mountain sports, picturesque views, or some simple relaxation. You’ll come home fully prepared for the holidays after a relaxing weekend in California’s Lake Tahoe.
Holiday Gift Ideas
Sometimes the most relaxing thing can be to figure out what your holiday gift plan. For DIY ideas, consider a workshop at Home Depot and surprise your loved ones with a home makeover.
Create a culinary delight with the help of Sur La Table. Their classes around the nation teach exciting recipes from traditional sourdough bread to fall risotto.
If making crafts is a hobby you enjoy, head over to Paper Source and surprise your family and friends with a DIY masterpiece.
With the right combination of relaxing techniques from smart wearables to weekend getaways, you’ll be refreshed and ready for everything the holidays may surprise you with. Still worried about holiday gifts? Check out the Top 10 Gift-Worthy Headphones, Best Gadgets for Students, and Learn More about the Helix Cuff.
What music do you find most relaxing? Classical? Acoustic? Let us know in the comments below.
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