10 MINUTES TO... A STRESS-FREE CHRISTMAS
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…