6 Tips for Feeling Festive

With this time of year being the most hectic at work and often stressful at home, it can sometimes be hard to get properly into the festive spirit. Follow our tips to feel festive in no time.

1. Walk it off

Yes, I know it’s cold but hear us out. Getting out into the wintery air after a day cooped up in the office or working from home will do you the world of good. Throw on your warmest coat, hat, scarf, gloves – the works - and embrace the crisp evenings and Christmassy weather. Fresh air is not only good for the body but is also calming and good for the mind.

2. Get baking

Dust off the mixer and fill your kitchen with the therapeutic scent of Christmas baking. Whether it’s your grandmother’s old cookie recipe or Nigella Lawson’s gingerbread loaf, there is no way filling your kitchen with the sights and scents of baked goods can make you feel anything but positive.

3. New traditions

Everyone has their own Christmas traditions, often passed down from generation to generation. So why not add a new tradition of your own? Whether that is decorating the tree while watching Love Actually or having a mince pie and hot chocolate ritual while wrapping presents, or even getting the entire family matching Christmas PJs, make it your own. You’ll be feeling festive in no time!

4. Seasonal scents

If you can’t squeeze in the aforementioned baking session every evening, just fake it ‘til you make it. Get yourself some Christmassy scented candles – apple and cinnamon, mulled wine and nutmeg. Light these around your house for that festive scent on those nights when you’re just too exhausted to crack out the cookie cutters.

5. Get ahead

Part of what can kill Christmas spirit is stress. To avoid this, pace yourself with your Christmas shopping – don’t try to do it all in one day or leave it until the last minute. Do a little at a time and you will get it done. Likewise, start wrapping your presents ahead of time. Even if you just wrap one a day, it’s better than ending up with a mountain to wrap on Christmas Eve which is bound to end with paper cuts and Sellotape stuck to the roof of your mouth.

6. Festive films

Nothing puts you in a more festive mood than a marathon of Christmas movies. Whether you set aside a weekend dedicated solely to watching your favourites or you pop on a classic when you get home from work in the evening (I know, I know you have million things to do but what better way to multi-task than with Hugh Grant’s voice in the background?) you will be filled with festive spirit. Our faves: The Holiday, Love Actually, Home Alone, Elf, The Grinch, The Santa Clause, Miracle on 34th Street to name a few.

We wish you a very happy festive season from all of us at StayWell and hope that this festive season brings joy, love, laughter and good health.