It feels like it should be the most relaxing time of year, but the busy weeks of present shopping, family visits and excessive eating in the run-up to Christmas can leave you leaving stressed. So if you’re struggling to relax, here are some Positive Luxury-approved ways to replenish your reserves over the Christmas break.
1. Get colourful
There aren’t usually many times of the year when you can while away a few hours with some pencils and paints. The simple act of colouring is soothing and meditative, and can easily help you zone out over the holidays. Weleda’s beautiful, limited-edition colouring book was commissioned from British artist Lizzie Hobbs, a specialist in pattern-based art – available either alone or as a gift set with body washes for a bit of pampering too.
2. Get walking
Not only will it help you feel a little better about the excess food consumption we can all fall prey to, walking will get you outside and give you a much-needed dose of fresh air and light.
You’ll need a few cosy accessories to keep you snug while tramping in the outdoors, whether it’s a countryside hike or an urban stroll. This Ally Bee pure alpaca scarf and beanie set comes in the palest shades of grey and pink. Even better, it’s currently on sale. While these moss green Plum of London socks are perfect for slipping on underneath wellies or Chelsea boots for a winter walk.
“There’s no such thing as bad weather, just bad clothing,” as the saying goes, and these boots by Po Zu are made in traditional British woven tweed with a felt wool lining, perfect for keeping you warm and dry, even if this Christmas proves to be grey and drizzly.
3. Hunt down a cinematic classic
Snuggling up on the sofa with a festive film is a time-honoured way to switch off for a couple of hours.
We recommend ensconcing yourself in a cosy blanket, like this super-soft Alpaca Plush throw, and making yourself a hot chocolate while perusing the classic film offerings on Netflix. Ethical chocolatier Rococo makes an award-winning 70% hot chocolate containing only organic dark chocolate.
4. Have a mini spa break (in your own home)
If you can’t face venturing out yet, then do it yourself with some luxe at-home treatments. Treat your winter-damaged hair to Kiehl’s Smoothing Oil-infused range and refresh your nails with a couple of coats of Only Fingers and Toes’ sandy-nude ‘Trill’ shade to feel a little more pulled together in no time.
5. Have a tipple
If, despite your best efforts, relaxation just isn’t happening: take the edge off with the finest, all-natural Belvedere vodka (a festive Bloody Mary, perhaps?) or make your days off extra-special with a clink of Krug Rose. Both brands are Positive Luxury-certified.