Take the stress out of Christmas


However much we love the festive season, most of us feel a tad frazzled. Practising mindfulness in any form (eg, yoga) always helps. Here are our other tips for reducing festive-season stress. ● Have a protein-filled breakfast. Eggs are perfect.

● Consider a supplement such as Siberian ginseng, a powerful adaptogenic herb that helps combat fatigue. Try HealthAid Sibergin (£15.49/victoriahealth.com).

● Eat every two to three hours to keep your blood sugar steady – three meals and two snacks a day.

● Keep a little tin of almonds in your bag for on-the-go boosts.

● Don’t dry out. Sip still water or herbal teas throughout the day.

● Keep your feet happy with comfy footwear. We’re mad about the new, super-chic FitFlop Chelsea Boots in snake-embossed leather (£120/ fitflop.co.uk), which feel like wearing sneakers.

● Wind down in a warm bath with aromatherapy oils. Try Neom Organics Perfect Night’s Sleep Bath & Shower Drops (£40/neomorganics.com).

● Rest your brain with needlework. My favourite book this year is Kaffe Fassett’s Bold Blooms by Kaffe Fassett and Liza Prior Lucy (Abrams Books/£21.99*) with ideas for embroidery, tapestry, knitting, beading and much more.