Make time for yourself over the festive period to ditch the stress and relax… Whether you have five minutes or 50, try our simple solutions to revive your body and mind.
Take a spicy tea break
There’s nothing more comforting than a good old cuppa, but instead of your usual brand try Teapigs Spiced winter Red Tea (£4.49 for 15 bags). Rooibos tea is mixed with orange, cloves and cinnamon to capture the best bits of the festive season. Think mulled wine and log fires. Add it to hot, frothy milk and it can be used to make a delicious caffeine-free latte too. What better to warm you down to your toes on a cold, crisp morning?
Strengthen your breathing
When your up against it with festive preparations, it is all too easy to forget to breathe properly, which will just cause stress and anxiety. Try this abdominal breathing technique for a quick calming fix: with one hand on the chest and the other on the tummy, take a deep breath in through your nose, ensuring the diaphragm inflates with enough air to create a stretch in the lungs. Breath out, slowly – aim for six deep, slow breathes per minute for five minutes. If you find it hard to control your breath, try the Breathe Strong app. It was created by breath-training expert Professor Alison McConnell (£1.49, iPhone App Store), which will help you pace your breathing, wherever you are.
Did you know that most adults spend an average of one hour and 50 minutes fretting about something each day – and that’s before you factor in the added stress of of Christmas! This news comes from a survey by Rescue Remedy, the much loved mixture of Bach flower essences, renowned for its instant ability to sooth anxiety. If you haven’t tried it, do! It’s now available as lozenges – Rescue Plus Lozenges, which contain vitamin B5 and vitamin B12, plus the traditional essences and a soothing natural orange and elderflower liquid centre (£3.69, boots.com).