Although one of the most magical and exciting times, Christmas can also be one of the most stressful.
Mountains of wrapping, queues of people everywhere and colds and flu doing their rounds can leave you feeling under the weather and stretched on time and resource.
We have put together a little guide on how you can find some peace and inner calm this Christmas and avoid the simple stresses to leave you feeling more balanced.
Top 3 Tips for Less Stress this Christmas
Wrapping presents, finding presents, or buying presents this Christmas? Read our guide below for the best ways you can combat the stress and really enjoy the holidays.
Take some "me-time"
Sounds simple doesn't it? But taking some "me-time" is actually something we forget to do most often.
Taking some time on your own to do something you love, or indulge in something relaxing is so important, and helps you to find a little inner calm.
Run a warm bath, light some candles, and treat yourself to a scrub by NEOM Organics. Their Real Luxury Scrub helps keep skin super smooth, while the ritual of massaging your skin helps you unwind and relax.
Choose the right foods
So it's perfectly fine to over-indulge a little at Christmas. Who can say no to one final mince pie? But it's equally important to make sure you're getting all the goodness you need to keep your body running at its best.
Make sure you start your day off with a bowl of porridge; it's not only intensely warming in the cold weather, but oats keep you feeling fuller for longer, so you'll be less likely to reach for all those luxury treats...
Our favourite combination is banana chips, dark chocolate and a little honey for sweetness.
Get some fresh air
It can be so easy in the winter months to curl up and not leave the house, but actually breathing in some of that cold winter air will do you the world of good.
Take a walk round a country park during December. They usually have fabulous Christmas stalls at weekends, and bistros filled with festive delights. Plus, it's get you out of the house, doing some exercise and getting some fresh air.
Just make sure you wrap up super warm to avoid any cold and flu symptoms!
How to find inner calm from the Experts...
We caught up with the experts at NEOM Organics to find out more about how we can get through the festive season with as little stress as possible. Here's what hey had to say...
Suzy Reading, Neom Psychologist: “Stretch out. The festive season has a frantic pace, making it difficult to make the usual commitment to your exercise routine. If you can’t get to the gym then just have a good stretch when you get home. Nothing fancy needed, just ease out your muscles with whatever feels good to you or follow a YouTube yoga video for inspiration. Stretching out your body and relaxing into the sensation of your breathing also helps you to mentally unwind during a time that can have you tied into a knot! It will also help pave the way for a better night’s sleep.”
Kelly Morgan, Neom Wellbeing & Fitness Coach: “The festive season is full of invites, but don’t burn out. Simply pick the ones that you would really enjoy and go all out! Along with cosying up indoors, I love to get outside too. Why not replace one TV session with another activity with friends & family - like a long walk - or create your own home spa hour with friends?”
Anandi, Neom Sleep Expert: “When we’ve all partied too hard and find it hard to ‘switch off’ at bedtime. The breath is the most important tool we have for changing our state of mind. Put your hands on your lower tummy. Put awareness/thoughts to your hands. Begin breathing calming for 60 seconds. Stretch your body and relax”
Anandi, Neom Sleep Expert; “I’m using the Intensive Skin Treatment Candle for self massage (neck and shoulders), I call this my mini abhyanga. Abhyanga in India is the anointing of the body with warm oil. Doing this mini neck and shoulder massage with the treatment candle is like absorbing a little love through the pores of the skin. Massage also releases our inner pharmacy of healing chemicals and hormones.”
Don't forget a couple of spritzes of the NEOM De-Stress Home Mist to help evoke a calming atmosphere