Christmas is the perfect time to surround yourself with good food, good friends and good tidings. So, it’s no wonder why it’s known across the world as the most wonderful time of the year but it can also be one of the most stressful. Work gets busy, money gets tight, the days are darker and colder, and you have all these extra plans and people to buy for, to cook for and to see. Certain pressures and expectations are sometimes added to an already busy schedule which can put unnecessary and unwanted anxiety and stress on both your body and mind. Leading to a little bit more deflation than festive.
But, if like me, you want the holidays to stay as magical as possible –why not try these 5 quick and simple tips for staying as calm and joyful as possible during the festivities.
For just one day, put your phone away!
Make a rule that technology is only allowed if it is an absolute emergency (which FYI definitely includes playing the cheesiest Christmas tunes, and a snap of Granny asleep eating her mince pie!). But by doing the same thing that you do every-day -checking your phone, your social media and your emails it can physically and mentally take away the specialness of the festivities, and can stop your body and mind from relaxing, repairing and renewing.
It’s Mint to be.
Peppermint is the ultimate de-stress. Both the scent and taste is amazing for relaxing your nerves and calming your mind – and guess what, it’s everywhere right now! Why not try swirling a candy cane in your cup of tea or in a warmed glass of milk to give you that minty-fix.
Now this doesn’t mean that you should always chew on a cane when you are feeling stressed, be aware of the sugar levels, but as an extra special treat on Christmas, why not!?
Sleep in and Sleep more.
Forget about the 6am alarm, forget about the long, cold and dark commute and give yourself a well-deserved lay-in. Our bodies do their best recovering at night, so take advantage of an extra hour in bed.
Not only should we be getting an extra few zzz’s in the morning, but we should also still be getting an early night – our body goes into a state of repair while we are sleeping so turn of Netflix and opt for some self-care beauty sleep instead.
Work it out
Don’t let the festivities stop your routine – ramp up those Christmas songs and work it out. Breaking a sweat, getting your heart racing and blood pumpin’ is a sure fire way to recharge and give yourself a little bit of ‘me time’. Use this time to mix up your routines and to find something a little bit different – why not go for a long walk with your family, or do an afternoon yoga session, something that you wouldn’t be able to do on the normal working week.
Whatever your plans are this Christmas time, schedule in some time for the things that make you smile and get you excited, like a little kid (on Christmas morning!) Do the things that make you happy – watch your favourite films, bake your favourite cookies, catch up with friends and family. By having these little things to look forward to can help you to get through any rough patches and to get through the festive period in one piece.