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5 Ways to Manage Stress Over the Holiday Period

5 Ways to Manage Stress

While the holiday season signals the most wonderful time of the year, its also a time that’s often filled with stress and Christmas anxiety. Knowing how to deal with stress can help you to stay on top of your emotions throughout the holiday season by implementing the right lifestyle changes and Christmas stress relievers. Here are six of the best.

How To Deal With Stress And Christmas Anxiety

1. Invest in sleep

Sleep and stress levels are strongly interlinked. When you’re well-rested, your outlook on life will naturally improve thanks to increased energy levels. It should also be noted that sleep actively reduces your cortisol (the stress hormone) levels. A good evening routine that includes at least one hour away from screens should help you drift off in style, helping you to deal with stress and keep Christmas anxiety at bay. 

2. Maintain interactions to help manage stress

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Keeping up regular social interactions with friends and family can go a long way in helping you to deal with stress and anxiety. Our guide to staying connected  will serve you well. Moreover, the holiday season is the perfect time to unleash your silly side with the family. Laughter truly is the best medicine for fighting Christmas anxiety.

3. Avoid unnecessary money stress and overspending 

Presence, not presents! While the festive excitement can make it tempting to overspend on presents that are perhaps unnecessary, try to gift thoughtfully and ethically. Money stress is by far the most common source of Christmas anxiety. 

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4. Deal with stress by scheduling time to relax 

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The holiday season may mean a lot of time off work, but it certainly doesn’t always mean taking a break. Christmas can be the busiest time of the year, and that can become very stressful very quickly. Consequently, it’s crucial that you create space in your diary to forget about the stresses of modern life.  

A little pampering goes a long way in helping you to deal with stress and Christmas anxiety. Why not take 15 minutes to relax with a nourishing face mask? If you’re wanting to tackle dull and dry winter skin, our Age Defying Berry Fruit Enzyme Mask is perfect for the job. Fruit juice enzymes from apple, lemon and cranberry help to gently exfoliate dull surface cells, revealing the brighter-looking skin beneath. 

5. Get out of the house 

Over the cooler, darker winter months, motivating yourself to get out and about can be a struggle. However, spending some time away from the holiday hustle and bustle is one of the simplest ways to manage stress. 
 
Your efforts to reduce Christmas anxiety shouldn’t end there. Give your skin some TLC, perhaps with our nourishing Sensitive 1000 Ross Absolute Serum. Christmas stress, cold weather and drying central heating can wreak havoc on the skin, and this hydrating serum utilises a blend of pomegranate and alpine rose stems cells to soothe skin and keep it beautifully hydrated. 

6. Create a designated workspace 

Establishing a healthy work-life balance is crucial at all times, especially when working from home or splitting time between home and the office. If you’re working remotely and have to navigate the festive decorations, you can find yourself easily distracted by holiday planning and activities, and this can interrupt your work and compound your stress.

Even if you don’t have an office at home, create a space that’s designed for work. This will allow you to stay productive during work hours and combat Christmas stress. More importantly, it’ll allow you to shut off from work when you’re done. This is essential for your mindset at this time. 

By following these 6 simple steps, learning how to deal with stress and Christmas anxiety is made far easier, leaving you with more time to relax and enjoy the festivities. 

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