Ahh, Christmas – the most wonderful time of year. Filled with great food and wine plus even better cocktail parties and get togethers, it’s truly the season to eat, drink and be merry. But as we head towards the new year and you find yourself having said yes to one too many bottles of champagne and are running low on sleep, it’s also a time to pause, take a little time for yourself and give yourself some much-needed TLC.
It’s not just the eating and drinking that can get to you, and Christmas shopping, intense family gatherings and too many commitments can all begin to take their toll. So, if you find yourself needing to destress over the Christmas period, then look no further – because these top tips will have you feeling on form again in no time.
Relieve a champagne hangover with peppermint oil
Many people have started to discover the benefits of relieving headaches with peppermint oil. While at this stage, there is not enough scientific evidence to confirm its overall efficacy, some researchers are suggesting that peppermint oil assists with opening the sinuses up for improved oxygen flow and helps to regulate blood flow throughout the body. Many people have reported that the oil is effective to relieve migraines along with other different headache types – so it’s worth a try if you’re suffering from that dreaded hangover headache.
Peppermint oil comes in various forms, including incense sticks, chewables, tea and liquid oils. Diffusers can also be a great way to get this soothing smell permeating your home, although peppermint oil capsules remain the most popular choice.
To use, just add a few drops of oil to your bath, or – if your sinuses are feeling blocked, inhale over a bowl of warm water. Better yet, enlist the help of a willing partner to give you a good massage with some oil for the ultimate in at-home pampering.
Book into a day spa to melt away those stresses and strains
On the subject of massages, there’s nothing quite like checking yourself into your favourite luxury spa for the day and indulging in some relaxing treatments. Sometimes, taking a day out alone can be all that’s needed to get you feeling back to your best – so take along a good book and sink into that hot tub for a good soak. You’re guaranteed to come out feeling brand new.
If that niggling headache is still refusing lo lift, then a sumptuous facial treatment can often provide some relief. Combined with an Indian head massage, it’s the ultimate way to destress, too – so leave those painkillers in the draw. Be sure to mention the issue to your therapist though, to ensure the right essential oils are used.
Get away from it all
Our favourite remedy after a season of excess though, has got to be getting away from it all – and what better way to start the new year than by booking yourself some First Class flights to somewhere hot, sunny and exciting? It may still be winter in the UK, but there are plenty of balmy destinations to enjoy elsewhere. Try the Caribbean, Mexico or South East Asia for some of the best weather early in the new year.
Be sure to hunt down an opulent five-star hotel to ensure that you are guaranteed to enjoy your stay to its fullest. Impeccable service is an absolute must – and private, chauffeur-driven airport transfers go without saying, too.
Whatever you do this Christmas, be sure to make the most of it – but don’t forget to take that little bit of time out for yourself, too. Although with family and friends around it can be difficult to squeeze some in, it’s essential for your wellbeing – and will allow you to wipe the slate clean before we head into a positive new year that’s alive with potential.