Christmas is the time for sharing and giving, but after the hustle and bustle of the holiday season, it’s important to give a little back to yourself. Travelling, shopping for gifts, preparing for parties, and entertaining guests — all of these can stress you out and wear you down.

Here are a few ideas on how to de-stress and revitalize yourself for the New Year.

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It may seem ironic, but feeling stressed after Christmas is not uncommon. After enjoying a fun and exciting vacation, many people dread returning to their usual work routine. Factors such as pressure to become productive again, anxiety over New Year’s resolutions, and other expectations can make it hard to relax and focus. Let’s look at some ways of coping with post-holiday stress.

1. Clear out remnants of the holidays.

Don’t wait too long to take down the Christmas tree and pack away decorations. Seeing these can bring back memories, good or otherwise, and prolong your holiday hangover.

Various Christmas decor scattered on table

Less clutter and distractions allow you to concentrate on more important things. Look at this as a great opportunity to rearrange the furniture and redecorate for the rest of winter. (more…)