Top Tips for a Stress-Free Festive Season

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…

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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 commence. 

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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!)

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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 science...

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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 welcome…

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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. 

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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! 

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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?

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What's your favourite way to unwind during winter?

Post in the comments below and let us know!

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