If you’ve been following for awhile, you know that I have somewhat frequent speaking events around Denver on the subject of astrology. Whether a Full Moon or Solar Eclipse is on the way, we here at SST are fully prepared.
Add on top of that that, with the holidays coming up, I find myself getting into a little bit of a stress mode. Whether it’s buying presents for my adorable nieces and nephews, traveling to Chicago for a concert next week, or trying to catch up with clients before they’re out for the holidays, a little bit of rest and relaxation is regularly needed around this time of year to make sure that I don’t flip.
It’s times like these when I focus on three things:
- Not neglecting my health – i.e. meditating everyday, working out on a regular schedule, and getting plenty of sleep
- Making sure I commit to my “only child nights” – even though I’m not an only child, I take one night a week solely to myself, complete with watching my favorite shows (“This is Us” right now – because I’m a human with a soul), taking a bath, reading, and relaxing
- Listening to the experts on best ways to rest and rejuvenate – no need to reinvent the wheel while I learn possible techniques that might work for me
And it is all due to step three that I found one of the newest posts on Oprah.com that brought two of my favorite topics together, astrology and methods of relaxation! So here we are with some great tips to help us get through the holiday season, all based on your zodiac sign.
The Best Way to Unwind, According to Your Zodiac Sign
Capricorn (December 22 to January 19)
Commune with nature.
You’re known for being superhardworking and find it hard to unplug. “These are the CEOs of the zodiac,” says Edut. Problem is, always being “on” is draining and can lead to burnout. Given that you’re an earth sign, one-on-one time with nature is in your blood. Edut recommends planning an outdoor activity where you’re forced to unplug, be it a hike in nature or gardening in your own backyard. On both fronts, there’s a bevy of research showing these activities are inherently soothing to your nervous system.
Aquarius (January 20 to February 18)
Be with friends.
As an air sign, you’re a thinker, superintelligent and very innovative. “You’re known to be the rebel of the zodiac because you don’t like conformity,” says Rogers. Call it marching to the beat of your own drum. But when that song and dance is questioned, or your ideas are not understood, you have a hard time. Though those disputes can be good for you and help you grow, they can also become overwhelming. It’s important to go be with your people—those who get you and love all your quirks and won’t make fun of you for any idea. After all, research shows that having social support helps you stay calm and resilient in the face of stressful situations and also boosts feel-good hormones. “This will help you feel like you’re getting back to your old self,” says Rogers.
Pisces (February 19 to March 20)
As a water sign, you’re a feeler. “You love unconditionally and provide emotional support for others,” says Rogers. But your empathy can throw you for a loop because you can easily absorb the feelings of others, which can be inherently overwhelming. “It’s difficult to recognize what your stresses are and what stresses are from others,” she adds. Being in solitude and daydreaming, or allowing your mind to wander, will put the brakes on runaway emotions. “Giving yourself regular space for reflection that doesn’t require interaction will relieve a lot of the stress,” she says. (Editor’s note: No wonder only child day works for me!)
Aries (March 21 to April 19)
Take a breather.
“Aries love to be in action all the time, but if you feel like you’re being pulled in multiple directions, it’s easy for you to feel overstimulated or lose your temper,” says celebrity astrologer Tali Edut of The AstroTwins. You’d be well-suited to set up a meditation corner in a room of your home, or to simply get out for a five-minute walk to clear your head. Breathing deeply triggers a relaxation response that tells your body to calm down—and when your body relaxes, your mind follows.
Taurus (April 20 to May 20)
An earth sign, you tend to be grounded and practical, says Tracey L. Rogers, an astrologer and life coach in the Washington, D.C. area. You enjoy the simple creature comforts but, given you’re a bull charging, there’s also a real sensuality to you, says Edut. So, de-stress by doing something that makes you feel good and taps into your senses. That may be using an aromatherapy oil, suggests Edut. Another option that could work for you: have sex, says Rogers. One study found that having sex is a potent way to relieve stress for people in happy relationships.
Gemini (May 21 to June 20)
Break out a puzzle.
Air signs are thinkers who love mental stimulation. “You want to know everything about everything,” says Rogers. The problem is when you don’t know how to turn off the buzz of your mind, anxiety creeps in and you become cranky and moody. (That’s where the Gemini twins—or the other part of your personality—comes into play, she says.) Turn to activities that keep your brain engaged, and distract you from your problems, like a game or a puzzle, such as sudoku. “The goal isn’t to excel at the puzzle, but to be present mentally and finish something. It helps release pent-up mental strife,” she says.
Cancer (June 21 to July 22)
Care for yourself.
“You’re the feeler, nurturer and truly sentimental,” says Edut. “You love to look out for everyone.” Being so people-oriented, stress tends to rear its ugly head when there’s tension at home, or when something gets in the way of creating a healthy, happy family life (like a crazy work schedule), adds Rogers. You need to nurture yourself in the way that you would others: cook yourself a nice, hot meal. Spend time at home wrapped in a blanket. Retreat to a comfy couch and watch your favorite show on Netflix. “Self-nurturing fills your reserves to nurture others,” Rogers says.
Leo (July 23 to August 22)
Grab a rubdown.
You need to be in charge of everything, says Edut, so it’s no surprise if you often find yourself as the project manager at work or the entertainment director for your company party. But all that leading and go-go-going means you burn the candle at both ends. “You need a conscious time-out,” she says. Schedule a 90-minute massage. (In a pinch? Opt for one of those hand massagers and set aside a few minutes to work out the kinks.) Or, since you find joy in being in charge and social, organize a spa day with friends. Anything that combines relaxation with others is a win.
Virgo (August 23 to September 22)
Make a to-do list.
How can we say this nicely? You may have a reputation for being a wee bit neurotic. You like to plan, strategize and execute. But you can’t control everything. When things seem to get out of order in life, one way to de-stress is to find little moments of order, says Rogers. Organizing your bookshelf or your pantry can help you feel like you’re in control, and be inherently de-stressing. Considering data shows that home clutter is in itself a source of stress, you’re getting a double bang for your buck.
Libra (September 23 to October 22)
Scorpio (October 23 to November 21)
Take a dip.
You can be intense, to say the least. “What overloads you is feeling under the microscope—not feeling like you have your privacy,” says Edut. A place where you can go and be alone that involves water (think Jacuzzi tub or a bathtub) is what helps you best unwind. No surprise there: The sounds of nature, such as flowing H20, are inherently calming, shows research.