Christmas is notoriously known for being one of the most stressful times of year. Cluttered with financial burdens, family obligations, present buying, house decorating, meal prepping and so much more, we wonder why burn out before the 25th hits; and with Covid-19 as prominent as ever, we can only prepare for the worst. We’ve assembled some tips and tricks, to help you survive this Christmas period, and remain calm amongst the chaos.
For the mind and body
Taking care of yourself is not only about looking your best on the outside; Its about making time to nurture your inner self. Many studies have shown a little yoga in the morning, at night, or to break up the work-from-home day, can minimise stress, and maximise productivity, through specialised stretches, breathing controls and mind meditation. We recommend Yoga Therapies, a North East founded yoga studio, equipped with aerial yoga, infrared heating and a Sonos sound system to melt your worries away. Can’t make it to the studio? Chris is currently offering live online yoga sessions, with over 6 sessions a day to fit around your busy festive schedule.
Continue with daily rituals
With the ever changing Covid-19 rules, finding a routine has never been more important; for me personally, this is sitting down with a morning cup of coffee, to ground myself, and prepare for the day ahead. This habitual behaviour will ensure that you remain centred, and can focus on what is truly important. We recommend The Teesside Coffee Company, a small micro-brewery in Redcar, Teesside. Enjoy the freshest cup of morning coffee, made from only the purest, small batch roasted Arabica beans.
Find time for a bath
Escape the madness, and draw yourself a deep hot bath. Compliment with a glass of wine, tea-light candles, a cheesy Christmas film or your favourite Christmas playlist, and watch the world float away. Ease your muscles with Kiss The Moon’s sleep inducing aromatherapy essential oils, and detoxifying dead sea salts, to leave feeling soothed, before diving in to a divine night’s rest.
Find calm amongst the storm
For something a bit stronger, why not try CBD? CBD naturally increases the body’s own ability to heal itself by promoting homeostasis – bringing about balance internally in the body, making it the perfect heal-ant to get you through the Christmas period. But CBD doesn’t have to be daunting, available in the form of balms, capsules, vape liquids and drops, experiment with what works best for you. Support local by shopping with Karma Coast, the first organic CBD company to come out of Newcastle Upon Tyne, and winner of the ‘Best Organic CBD Products 2020’ award.
Escape to the country
Escape to the country for a romantic winter get-away with a special someone or spend some much needed quality time with friends and family. We recommend Wynyard Hall, an award-winning hotel in the North East of England. Stay overnight in one of the many suites or cottages for a weekend of luxury, pamper yourself with a trip to the spa or simply pop in for Afternoon Tea, with everything you need in one place, you can leave the world ( and your phone) at home for a weekend of pure relaxation.
Avoid the mad Christmas rush of last minute shoppers, and crowded shopping centres by shopping online; not only can you do it from the comfort of your own home, but you are most likely to save time and money too. We recommend shopping local through sites to the likes of Etsy and Pedddle, with thousands of independent retailers selling unique gifts for the fussy, the minimalistic and the extravagant, you are bound to find something for everyone. Or stay closer to home and shop from over 100 retailers with our new Living North Loves Local Gift Card Collection, and show someone you care with a personalised message.
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