As the song goes, “It’s the most wonderful time of the year” – but it is also the most stressful! With lots of mouths to feed, Christmas dinner to prep and cook, presents to buy and children to entertain, it’s no surprise that it can become all a bit too much for some. It doesn’t have to be, though. There are plenty of ways to clock in some ‘me’ time and relax and unwind.

Christmas on Female First

Christmas on Female First

‘Tis the season to be jolly, after all!

Heading to the shops is a bold move this time of year, with people hunting for the best deals and long queues that make us all go a bit mad. Rather than allow stress to build up, do your shopping online, and while you’re there, treat yourself to something nice, too. You may also find that what you’re looking for is a lot cheaper on the likes of Amazon.

Long, winter nights are perfect for snuggling underneath blankets and delving into a good book. Create a little reading nook within your home, filled with comfortable pillows and a throw; include a coffee table so that you can place a hot drink to enjoy as you enter a whole new world. Check out the best novels of 2019.

There are many types of games on the market, depending on the device/games console you own. For the laptop, head to Unibet and play some casino games. More of a Nintendo fan? Treat yourself to the latest Pokémon game – Sword or Shield. Have a PS4? Marvel’s Spider-Man or God of War is sure to keep you entertained.

Indulge in a Christmas film or two this season, with popular streaming services like Netflix releasing a few Christmas movies like A Christmas Prince: The Royal Baby. Sit back and enjoy some classics, too, like Elf, Home Alone, The Nightmare Before Christmas and How the Grinch Stole Christmas.

For some of us, wrapping presents is a chore – but that doesn’t mean you can’t turn it into an enjoyable experience! Put some of your favourite music on or put a film on in the background; pour yourself a drink and set out everything you need, such as the wrapping paper, ribbon and tags. Allow yourself to eat a mince pie, bop along to the music, and take your time. If you have children, this is also the perfect excuse to have some time alone.

It’s easy to pull your hair out during this time of year. You may be cooking a meal for the entire family, expected to host an enjoyable night with food and drink, but that doesn’t mean you need to pile all the expectations and duties on your shoulders.

Take the time to unwind by doing things for you – get your hair done, meet friends outside of the home, get your family to help by bringing a dish to the Christmas gathering so that you can have more time to yourself.

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