Festive frenzy: Tips for keeping calm

The festive season can be chaotic for some people. After all, there's just so much to get done – seeing family, friends, buying Christmas presents, sorting out the copious amounts of food you're going to eat – the list just goes on and on!

So, how do you manage to retain a sense of calm during all of this festive stress? The great news is that there are some coping mechanisms that you can rely on. Here are our top tips for keeping calm.

Make time for self-care

Making time for acts of self-care is super important. Self-care can look different to all of us – it's all about finding what works for and what brings you the moment of calm and peace you're searching for. For example, you could enjoy a warm bath and soak your worries away. There's actually evidence that warm baths could help with a variety of aspects of your health. For instance, it may help to lower blood pressure, improve your breathing, soak and soothe your tired muscles and more. So, following a busy day of shopping or cooking, make sure to make time for a nice, warm bath full of lovely smelling aromas. Your body and mind will thank you for this treat!

Put your planning hat on

Making sure that you plan as much as you can will likely help to reduce any stress. This could mean buying a diary or a whiteboard where you can note down any of your tasks for the day or upcoming week. This can make it satisfying, as when you've completed the task, you get to tick it off! It will also help to ensure that you don't forget anything important, like buying the turkey! Of course, be careful - don't bite off more than you can chew. Your loved ones won't want you to carry all the pressure on your shoulders.

Get moving

Put on your trainers and enjoy a brisk walk in the cold! Or, if this doesn't take your fancy, head to the gym or enjoy following an exercise video on YouTube or Instagram from the comfort of your own home. There are lots of various types of exercises you can do at home, from yoga down to high-intensity interval training, otherwise known as HIIT.

Regular exercise comes with many benefits, such as helping to boost your immune system, making you feel happy, helping to manage your weight, keeping your bones healthy and plenty more. We're all at different stages and levels of fitness, so just find a form of exercise that works for you. Sometimes classes can be a good idea, as it can become a fun social occasion and you'll learn proper technique from the instructor.

Prioritise your sleep

Making your sleep a priority is a great way of putting your well-being first. This could mean saying no to after-work drinks or meeting up with friends. After all, lots of social events can start to take their toll on your sleep, particularly if there are late nights and alcohol involved. Try to go to bed at a reasonable hour and also try to wake up at a similar time every morning. This can help to get your body into a healthy sleeping pattern.

Other tips for a good night's sleep include having a warm bath, reading and meditating. Getting enough hours of quality sleep is incredibly important for your health as it can help to improve your concentration, decrease your risk of a stroke, improve the function of your immune system, regulate your mood and more. Make sure to keep your bedroom dark, invest in a comfy bed and mattress, avoid technology and caffeine before bed, and you'll be sleeping better in no time!

Give CBD a try

So, what's CBD? CBD (short for cannabidiol) is a compound that's located in the cannabis plant. Unlike tetrahydrocannabinol (THC) which is another cannabinoid from the plant, CBD isn't psychoactive. This means that consuming it won't cause you to feel intoxicated. On the contrary, CBD can help to address stress and anxiety, relieve pain, improve focus or provide better quality sleep.

There are many different types of CBD enriched products that you can buy, for example, CBD gummies, candies, capsules, tinctures and skincare products, to name just a few. This means that you can add the supplement to your routine in a way that suits your needs and tastes. 

Many people enjoy using CBD products as part of their healthy lifestyle. For example, if you're seeking CBD for calm, then why not use a CBD bath bomb and soak all your cares away? You could also enjoy a CBD baking session and bake some festive-themed treats. If you would like to use CBD as part of your fitness and workout routine, then you're in luck! There are many different muscle gels and balms out there designed for soothing and providing relief for your tired muscles. 

If you enjoy CBD products, then why not consider gifting something like edibles, candles or tea to your loved ones? It can make for a great personalised gift, as you can purchase the product according to that person's needs and preferences. Not to mention that it shows that you care about them and their well-being.

Final thoughts

So, there we have it – our top five tips on surviving the hectic festive season! Remember to make time for yourself and indulge in acts of self-care. The festive season is all about spending quality time with your loved ones, so try and relax, breathe and live in the moment. Also, give the gift of CBD this year to really show your loved ones that you care.

Happy Holidays!

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