10 MIN­UTES TO... A STRESS-FREE CHRIST­MAS

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1 Bank As Much Sleep As Pos­si­ble Be­fore­hand

Drink­ing, stay­ing up late, eat­ing our body weight in Qual­ity Street… Over the Christ­mas pe­riod, we push our body to the limit. Re­searchers at the Univer­sity of Penn­syl­va­nia found those lim­ited to only 4.5 hours of sleep each night over a one­week pe­riod re­ported feel­ing sig­nif­i­cantly more stressed. Start head­ing to bed an hour early from now…

2 Make A Calm­ing Playlist

Mu­sic has been hailed as one of the best ways to re­lax and re­duce stress. Tak­ing a few min­utes out of your day to cre­ate a playlist of chilled songs is well worth it.

3 Gym It

Yes, yes, we know you don’t feel like it but one of the best ways to bust stress is to ex­er­cise. Post-prosecco quaffing we find it hard to face work­ing out too, but a yoga class is man­age­able and has been shown to leave you feel­ing calmer, so you’ll be ready to face Christ­mas in a to­tally blissed-out way.

4 Make A ‘To Don’t’ List

The op­po­site of a to do list can in­clude any­thing from ‘don’t com­pare my­self to oth­ers in a neg­a­tive way’ to ‘don’t freak out about not send­ing Christ­mas cards’. The idea is to make your­self re-eval­u­ate ev­ery day, there­fore start­ing it in a pos­i­tive way.

5 Get Scent-red

Light­ing can­dles dur­ing the hol­i­day sea­son may have more ben­e­fits than just look­ing fes­tive and cosy. Pine can re­duce anx­i­ety and stress, and pep­per­mint has been known to do the same. Mak­ing sure you get a live Christ­mas tree, light a scented can­dle or have plenty of pep­per­mint candy canes nearby can all help. We’ll leave it up to you…

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