As the festivities begin to start in full swing, it’s important to get yourself looking and feeling great inside and out. The end of the working year has undoubtedly taken its toll on you, so this season, it’s time to sit back, relax and indulge in some serious self-care.

The post work unwind

The working year is officially over. Before you hit those Christmas parties, it’s important to take out some time to mentally and physically rejuvenate yourself.

Dedicate a night to yourself for relaxation. Whether you decide to rejuvenate alone, or do so with your partner is completely up to you. If you are having a partner pamper session, dim the lights and set the scene with scented candles. Your partner will love you for it.

Begin the night with a relaxing and indulgent massage. If you are too embarrassed to head out to a massage parlour, Blys offers the ultimate massage at home.

Meditation is another great way to ensure the worries of your workplace are completely out of your mind. This will completely energise your mind and spirit and will put you on good footing for enjoying time with loved ones over Christmas.

Treat yourself to a long bath and spend time shaving, clipping your nails and going all-out on your grooming. As well as ensuring you look physically on-point, this will ensure that you feel refreshed and rejuvenated.

Self-care for the festive season

Although we all love Christmas, endless drinks, fatty foods and late nights can begin to take its toll on your health. For many, the idea of self care completely goes out of the window. However, an effective self care routine will ensure that your mental, physical and emotional health stay in prime condition.

Food and fitness

Before you panic and exit the page, I’ll stop you in your tracks! A little bit of indulgence over the Christmas period is completely fine. After all, how many times a year do you get to enjoy your Mum’s mushroom stuffing, or your wife’s indulgent sherry trifle?

It goes without saying that the amount of sugar and fat consumed over Christmas can take it’s toll on you physically and we all have fond Christmas Day memories of drifting into a food coma after three servings of turkey and five whiskeys.

Be kind to your body and limit the pig outs to one or two days. On these days, get your energy flowing with some fun exercise. Getting the family outside and playing cricket will be great for everyone’s health. Also, never underestimate the power of a brisk post-Christmas dinner walk.

Alcohol

If you plan on drinking, ensure you keep yourself hydrated throughout the night. Most importantly, be aware of how many units you are consuming. A healthy liver equals a happy you.

After a few party nights, it is advisable to give your liver a detox. Lemon juice, turmeric and zinc are all known to have liver cleaning properties.

Stress

The festive season is fast paced and between seeing family, shopping and Christmas functions, it can easily feel like you are burning the candle at both ends.

No matter how thriving your social calendar is, it’s important to take time out for yourself to relax. This doesn’t necessarily have to mean cancelling arrangements with friends and family, but rather changing them.

For example, rather than heading for lunch at a packed restaurant, suggest a relaxing walk in the countryside and a picnic, or a beach barbecue.

Finally, enjoy yourself! Christmas is all about spending time with loved ones and celebrating everything fantastic that life has to offer.