Celebrate Hanukkah with 8 Lazy Nights of Self-Care
Leave getting *lit* for the menorah, and spend time chillin' instead.
Christmas carolers may get the 12 Days of Fitmas, but Hanukkah celebrators get the infamous eight ~crazy nights~. But by the time you've hit all the holiday parties, shopped for all the gifts, and drunk all the happy hour drinks, you kinda just want to take a nap. That's why we have an alternate plan: eight lazy nights of oh-so-sweet self-care. (Not that you ever really need an excuse for self-care.) Go ahead and indulge. After all, what better holiday gift could you give yourself?
Night 1: #Treatyoself to sufganiyot.
Because the ultimate way to care for yourself (and your holiday sanity) is to go ahead, eat the freaking sufganiyot (aka doughnut) and enjoy every single bite. Remember: Balance is a crucial part of building a lifetime-worthy health and fitness routine. (BTW, leftover latkes make the perfect pre-workout snack.)
Night 2: Play dreidel-not with your phone.
Whether you dreidel, dreidel, dreidel all night long or move on to other analog games (What Do You Meme, anyone?), taking some time to unplug from your smartphone, Netflix queue, and incessant notifications can be a great way to get grounded again. Play with family or friends, ban technology from the room, and watch how wonderful it is when nobody is staring at a screen instead of socializing.
Night 3: Stay in and get hygge.
ICYMI, hygge is the Danish tradition of comfort, togetherness, and coziness. If you already have the menorah lit, you're halfway there. Candles and soft lighting are an important part of the hygge culture, as is creating a "hyggekrog," or a cozy nook for relaxing. (We cover all this and more in our guide to all things hygge.) Grab your squad, some hygge essentials (like more candles, warm blankets, and fuzzy reading socks), and turn the coziness all the way up. Bonus: Hygge includes indulging too, go ahead and nom those chocolate coins with abandon.
Night 4: Celebrate the miracle of oil with some olive oil beauty treatments.
Back in the 2nd century BCE, that pure olive oil was the whole reason the miracle of Hanukkah happened. In today's era of plentiful EVOO, why not celebrate with a homemade olive oil face mask and DIY brown sugar olive oil body scrub?
Night 5: Find a feel-good boost by giving back.
'Tis the season and, yes, it still counts as self-care when you're helping others. Why? Go do something nice for someone else, book a date to volunteer, or donate to a cause that's close to you. We promise you'll feel pretty good after. (Or maybe even book a fitness/voluntourism trip.)
Night 6: Torah open a book.
When's the last time you sat down with a book you wanted to read-without your smartphone in hand, the TV on in the background, or while multitasking in general? Set aside 30 minutes just for you (yes, in the form of reading). Guaranteed you'll feel more fulfilled afterward than if you just binged another episode of The Office.
Night 7: Put your matzels to work with some yoga.
Still want to do some self-care, but feeling a little antsy? FYI, exercise can count as self-care too, and yoga is the perfect workout. It's a form of moving meditation that, by matching movement with breath, turns your focus totally inward. (For that reason, you may want to make weekly yoga one of your self-care New Year's resolutions.)
Night 8: Cheers to the challah-days.
What's the holiday season without some heart-warming red wine? (Wine has health benefits, after all.) Share a bottle among friends or savor a glass to yourself after a long day-er, really, eight long days and nights.