Ahh winter…'tis the season to be jolly, as they say. You know
how it can be though - the days get longer, the temperature starts
to drop. Before you realise, it's mid-December and you're sat in a
Rudolph jumper panicking about how you're going to fit a 15 pound
turkey in your oven.
Fear not! Winter can also be a great time to relax, unwind and
treat yourself to a little 'me-time'. We've put together a list of
our favourite ways to unwind this winter to give you a bit of
inspiration. Take notes…
1. Digital detox. Turn off your mobile, ignore
your emails and keep off the Netflix-bingeing for a day. We know,
we know 'easier said than done' you're thinking. But having a
gadget detox, even just for 24 hours, has been known to reduce
stress and clear the mind of that nagging temptation to check your
emails, look at that Facebook notification or spend hours watching
cat videos on YouTube. You'll be surprised at how much more time
you have on your hands…
2. Hibernate. Oh yes, it's that time of year
again when it's officially acceptable to make duvet days a regular
event in your diary and go into hiding under mountains of slankets
and snuggies (if you don't know what these are, head to Amazon as a
matter of urgency.) So shut the curtains, grab your onesie, stock
up on your favourite snacks and let the Disney film marathon
3. Fire! Nothing beats curling up in front of a
roaring fire or having a cosy evening in surrounded by candlelight.
Plus, who doesn't love the festive edition Yankee Candles?? Some of
our Marketing Team favourites are Gingerbread, Sparkling Cinnamon
and Snow in Love...
(Top tip from our spa therapists: citrus-scented candles are
known for their stress-busting qualities!)
4. Retail therapy. Scientific research shows
that retail therapy can make you up to three times happier, so what
better excuse to hit the shops and treat yourself to an early
Christmas gift, or a January sale bargain? You can't argue with
5. Cheat yourself beautiful. Why not make your
life easier with some time-saving beauty cheats (we won't tell, we
promise.) Our favourite? Spray-on nail polish. Yes, that really is
a thing. We admit we were dubious at first, but Nails Inc's new
aerosol nail polish actually couldn't be easier to use. Simply
paint on your base coat, spray on the polish and wash away the
excess. Say hello to the World's Fastest Manicure! You're
Photo: Good Housekeeping
6. Call in the experts. Sometimes pampering
yourself at home just doesn't fill that void. Whether it's a
touch-up of your manicure or a full body massage to help you
de-stress after hours of frantic Christmas shopping, letting
someone else do the hard work for you is a great way to help you
unwind and ease stress.
7. Write something…by hand! We know this is a
relatively lost concept nowadays, what with the wonder that is
social media, but who doesn't love getting a handwritten letter or
card through the post? Whether it's a Christmas card, a thank you
letter or a festive postcard, there's so much more meaning behind
it when you've gone to the effort to scribe it by hand. Go, release
your inner Shakespeare!
8. Become one with nature. A walk in the crisp,
frosty countryside, a stroll through the snow-speckled
hills…there's no better time to get out into the Great Outdoors
than winter, so dig out your woolly mittens and embrace the fresh
air. Plus, who doesn't love reliving those childhood memories of
catching snowflakes on your tongue and making snow angels?
What's your favourite way to unwind during
Post in the comments below and let us know!
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