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    Wednesday, 21 December 2016

    8 TIPS TO GET YOU THROUGH THE FESTIVE PARTY SEASON IN ONE PIECE

    It's beginning to look a lot like Christmas...

    Seriously though, how the hell did that happen?! I’m sure it was November about five minutes ago and now it’s suddenly the BIG day on Sunday!

    I LOVE Christmas…but being an adult at Christmas is way more stressful than I remember it being as kid.

    Like all the actual work that goes into Christmas. Like putting up the tree, buying the presents, hiding them for ages until you wrap them all up, cooking the dinner and then the dreaded washing up.

    It’s a little bit stressful and I definitely didn’t appreciate how hard my parents work to make Christmas amazing until you start having to actual do some of that stuff….

    SO to help ensure the festive period goes smoothly, and you make it to the New Year in one piece, here's my tips on how to have a stress-free Christmas this year!

    GET YOUR Z’S IN NOW
    ...because let's be honest, you're going to be in for some late nights! I always start Christmas morning with a berocca – no YOU drank too much the night before – but there’s plenty of ways you can get some energy-boosting nutrients on your dinner plate too!

    Did you know Brussel sprouts and broccoli are energy boosting – uh huh, yeah they are, so save some spaces next to the pigs in blankets on your plate and load those babies them up!

    PUT YOUR BEST FACE FORWARD
    You want to look your best on Christmas Day right? So make sure you book all your beauty treatments in the run-up so you look fresh-faced and sassy on the big day!

    If you don’t have a regular salon you go to, there’s a fab online service you can use called Book Your Lifestyle which lets you book appointments at a series of partner salons all across London

    They have a live booking system so you can book and confirm everything online to take the stress out of everything and you can just turn up and get everything done in one go. #TimeSaver

    There’s LOADS of salons you can choose from including Cucumba in Soho for nails and waxing, Clo & Flo in South Ken for a gorgeous blow-dry or even fancy micro-needling at the Leadenhall Clinic! There’s bound to be one near your work where you can pop to get your nails down so go take a little lookie on the website.

    BUY SOME 'BACK-UP' PRESENTS
    If, like me, pennies are super-tight in the run up to Christmas, this tip might seem like one to ignore but I promise it’s worth thinking about!

    There is nothing more awkward on Christmas day than when you're exchanging gifts and you suddenly realise you've forgotten to buy for someone!

    It’s usually a distant cousin who you haven’t seen in about 6 years but for the first time (ever) has decided to come over to your mum’s for Christmas. To avoid this awkward and slightly embarrassing moment, I always make sure I have a reserve present on hand.

    You don't need to blow the budget either, stocking fillers like pencil cases or a bottle of booze are perfect - and it's always a bonus if you get to keep it for yourself afterwards!

    KEEP HYDRATED
    It's boring I know but try to drink as much water as you can over the Christmas period! No doubt you'll be drinking for much of Christmas Day so try alternating drinks with water and make sure you have a big glass before bed as damage limitation for the morning!

    DON'T LET YOUR SKIN-CARE ROUTINE GO TO HELL
    This first thing I want to do when I get in from a night out (aside from foraging for food) is to collapse in bed without taking my make up off. I am SO bad for it!

    Same goes with Christmas Day, I’m usually too tired/tipsy/lazy to take it off but I’m making a conscious effort this year to stick to my skin-care routine so I don’t end up with red, blotchy skin come all the New Year parties!

    GO FOR A CHRISTMAS DAY WALK
    Oh the inevitable Christmas row! Spending all day cooped up your house, where most the family are drinking and getting stressed out about how long to cook the turkey for, it’s no surprise people end up having a bicker!

    Well according to research by the National Trust, a walk on Christmas Day can slash the risk of arguing with your family by half! 50 per cent! So gather up the relatives and stretch your legs while you’re waiting for your food to cook – the fresh air will do you all the world of good!

    STRIKE THE RIGHT BALANCE
    There is no way in hell I'm going to make a list telling you only to have vegetables on your Christmas dinner plate or that you need to run 8 miles in the morning before you plough through the Quality Street but do try and have a little balance.

    For me, Christmas Day is a right off, diet-wise. Do what you want for that day - but try and keep some kind of balance for the remaining few days before New Year. No-one wants to feel like a Christmas pudding at their New Years Eve party.

    FINALLY… JUST MAKE THE MOST OF YOUR DAYS OFF!
    It's rare you have so many days off work to just relax and spend time with family so make the most of it while you’ve got it!

    December is hectic as it is so use these days to catch up on sleep, re-charge your batteries and spend valuable time with family so you can start the new year fresh!

    So there you have it, my little tips to help you feel a little fresher and less stressed this Christmas! What do you think…how do you help chilled on the most fun and stressful day of the year!
    *This is a collaborative post

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