Have you ever sat around after a huge Christmas dinner as family arguments intensified and the kids got noisily antsy from too much sugar and excitement – and wished you could just retreat, put a ‘Do Not Disturb’ sign on the door and luxuriate in a more peaceful side of the holiday season? You’re likely not alone.
Book A Hotel Room During The Holiday Season
Mental health care professionals often caution us about the need to mitigate holiday stress – it can wreak havoc with your blood pressure and your immune system. They note that trying to do too much, seasonal travel, and spending more than usual amounts of time with family members can be particularly problematic. According to the Mayo Clinic, another source of stress is clinging doggedly to traditions that just don’t work anymore. The holidays don’t have to be perfect or just like previous years. It is advised that as families change and grow, traditions and rituals often change too. Choose a few to hold on to, and be open to creating new ones.
One new such tradition could be staying at a hotel instead of crashing on the couch of at a loved one. Although they would probably not admit it, you may be saving your loved one the added pressure of hosting overnight guests. Perhaps you want to avoid family gatherings altogether this year, putting energy instead into carving out a space for reflection and self-care. A hotel stay can address this need as well. A change of scenery, a break with tradition – these can be positive strategies for facing down holiday stress.
Three Reasons To Leave The Stress Behind
1. Deck The Halls
Most hotels celebrate holidays such as Christmas exceptionally well. Knowing that it’s a sensitive time of the year for some guests, many hotels go for the special touch. Among those touches are:
- A beautifully lit tree in the lobby and seasonal decorations
- Shopping services
- A special dinner menu for the big day
- Small gifts and favors to surprise the youngest guests
- Special events and parties, choral singing, or seasonal diversions such as sleigh rides in the moonlight
2. Much Needed Me Time
In the grand hotel tradition of self-pampering, why not book a massage or some other luxurious treatment to alleviate holiday stresses or blues? If exercise is your go-to stress-buster, check out the hotel’s fitness facility (those without gyms on site usually have nearby partners who can accommodate guests). Also, never underestimate the benefits of a good night’s sleep in a comfortable bed. During the holidays a hotel stay could save you from a broken sleep on a lumpy sofa bed or the unfamiliar noises of a strange household. Most hotels pride themselves on preserving quiet and providing top quality mattresses and bed linens.
3. Everyone Loves A Deal
Many hotels offer special deals during the holidays, even though it is peak season for almost everyone in the travel and hospitality industries. Just be sure to book as early as possible. Furthermore, be sure to ask the front desk and concierge for any product or service holiday specials on or off site that may be worth checking out. Consider also that in many major cities, the day after Christmas, shopping centers are usually close by making for easy shopping access. If shopping is your passion, this could allow you to skip the drive into town, and opt for a brisk walk or cab ride to the sales and back.
Given the unending hustle and bustle associated with preparing for and celebrating the many holidays that take place in the last months of the year, the so-called festive season can be a marathon of stress and aggravation. But they really don’t need to be. Thinking outside the traditional box may yield great rewards. Give some thought to staying in a hotel over the holidays, or even making them a base for your own personal or family festivities. It could the best gift you give yourself all year.