We’ve rounded up five top tips to help you relax over the holiday period – think of it as your Christmas survival guide.

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Christmas is fast approaching and the festive season is in full swing.

It’s a wonderful time of the year – spending quality time with family and friends, indulging in one too many sweet treats and a enjoying a festive tipple or two. However, as we all know, it can be quite stressful too.

Therefore, we’ve rounded up five top tips to help you relax over the holiday period – think of it as your Christmas survival guide.

Indulge in a little ‘me’ time

It seems like the obvious solution but while you’re busy making sure everyone else is happy, you often forget to think about yourself.

Schedule in an afternoon or evening of ‘me’ time and do a little bit of what you love - whether that’s delving into your favourite book or perfecting your sweet mince pie recipe.

You’ll find us in front of a crackling wood fire, reclining in the Matteo, mulled wine in hand.

Be prepared

Playing host for Christmas lunch? A little hustle and bustle in the kitchen is inevitable so try and make things easier for yourself. Set your dinner table the evening before and that’s one less thing to worry about. You’ll find plenty of interior ideas and recipes on our ‘Feeling Festive’ Pinterest board.

Avoid the flurry of festive shoppers this year and opt to shop online. Even better, you can do it from the warmth of your own home.

Be prepared and come December 24, you’ll be able to relax with your family, safe in the knowledge that everything is ready for the big event.

Exercise

It may not feel like you want to exercise but a little activity produces endorphins which combat stress, improve sleep and keep energy levels up – perfect for getting through that third round of charades.

Unplug

Switch on your out-of-office and switch off your phone. Christmas should be about relaxing with friends and family and taking a break from the everyday.

Awaken your senses

Fill your home with relaxing fragrances and oils to create a seasonal sanctuary. Opt for lavender in the bedroom for a good night’s sleep or add a layer of warmth to your home with the spicy aroma of cinnamon – the ultimate Christmas scent.