Great Ways to De-Stress this Christmas

Of all the great things to look forward to at Christmas time, health and relaxation are probably the two that most often slip off the bottom of the list. Granted, it’s wonderful catching up with friends and loved ones. It’s also enjoyable to allow yourself a helping or two extra of what you fancy. However (and don’t say it too loud) the realities of the holiday season can be fairly stressful.

But what do most of us genuinely want for Christmas? The honest answer probably isn’t an extra box of chocolates or the house invaded by in-laws. So if your Christmas is more a case of distress than de-stress, here are a few ideas that might just recharge the batteries rather than running up the blood pressure:

1. The Gift of Time: The one priceless thing so often missed in the mad list of Christmas obligations, functions and dinners each year is some quality time to yourself. Most of us are granted a few days off around Christmas itself, but it can still feel like hard work to fit everything in. Why not clear a day or two and give yourself a gift money can’t buy: a day or two crossed out in the diary, just for you.

2. Escape the Rush: Let’s face it, with gaudy lights and giant queues our town and city centres can be anything but relaxing in the build-up to Christmas. Being prepared early is one way to win some peace and quiet, but little beats a complete change of scenery. Whether it’s a walk in the wild or a full blown country weekend break, why not hatch an escape plan? Here in West Sussex, village life is rather more relaxed, while we’re also blessed to have the South Downs nearby; a beautiful place at any time of year.

3. The Play’s the Thing: When life seems to have too much going on, why not switch to on stage drama? A trip to the theatre can provide a refreshingly different dose of escapism, whether that means tragedy or life affirming comedy. Not far from Park House, the Chichester Festival Theatre is always worth a look for the latest productions and events. No amount of TV repeats can beat live theatre.

4. A Greener Christmas: If you’re a Christmas shopper who gets fed up with superstores and city centres, heritage and arts sites make a refreshing break from the norm. With charming gardens and lots going on (including stacks of one day courses to try your hand at), West Dean Gardens and College make for a nice change: http://www.westdean.org.uk

5. Indulgence without the guilt: If there’s one thing that most Christmas revellers worry about it is the sheer excess of the holidays. However, treating yourself or a loved one needn’t mean a guilty conscience or a loosening of the belt around Christmas. Our fabulous range of spa treatments are the perfect healthier way to spoil someone who deserves a little extra TLC this Christmas. From soothing expert massages to luxury detox and beauty treatments, we offer fabulous variety and some excellent deals on spa breaks: http://www.parkhousehotel.com/west-sussex-hotels/short-breaks-west-sussex

All of these include an allowance to spend on spa treatments, the choice of which are entirely up to you on arrival. We also offer Gift Vouchers to treat a friend or partner however, which can be redeemed on hotel rooms or indeed any of our huge menu of first class spa treatments. Maximum pleasure with minimum guilt we think!

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