Saturday, December 29, 2012

Take Time to Relax This Christmas (advertisement)

Whether hosting gatherings or attending a busy timetable of events, at times Christmas can be as stressful as it is fun. Decorating your home, shopping for gifts and preparing food can all be pretty stressful experiences, so make sure you enjoy the season to its fullest by putting time aside for yourself and following these top tips…

Feel comfy: Dancing in heels, work functions long into the night and post-work shop dashes in the biting cold can leave your skin and body weary. Make sure you take time out now and then to kick off the stilettos and go make-up free for an evening. One way of ensuring you unwind properly is having the right clothes for the job: amongst party pieces and cute dresses make sure you buy pyjamas, slippers or a shawl for that essential lazy midweek evening.

Turn on the box: The weather might be terrible, and the shops on the weekend often resemble a rugby scrum, but one area that always improves at Christmas is TV. Snuggle up on the sofa and take advantage of the specials which will grace our screens in the coming weeks. Fans of reality TV can look forward to Strictly Come Dancing and The Great British Bake Off, and classic favourites like Call The Midwife, Doctor Who and The Royle Family are also set to air.

At-home treatments: Keen to maintain your beauty schedule for the party season? Salons and beauty parlours can often become booked up during this time of year. Instead, invite the girls around and exchange tips and tools for manicures. Better yet, try a mobile therapist for waxing, eyebrow shaping and hair colouring. If you feel sore after carrying those shopping bags home last night, you could even indulge in a relaxing massage.

Step away from the stove: Those tired of preparing festive fare for family and guests should make time to take a break and opt for convenience. This needn’t mean sacrificing quality or a healthy diet: Waitrose offer a ‘dine in for £10’ deal on many of their high quality and tasty dishes, which are ready in minutes. Their LOVE Life range offers similar convenience and quality and is great for those watching their weight.

Christmas is a fun-filled time of year, but it’s often one of the most intense too. Keep careful track of how much work you are putting into the festivities and balance it with essential downtime to best enjoy the party season.