As we approach the end of a testing year, it’s time to recognise how resilient we really are. There may be more challenges to come, but together we can weather the storm
Aromatherapy: Harness the power of essential oils to relax, restore, and revitalise
It’s no secret that essential oils such as lavender, eucalyptus, and peppermint can help soothe our senses. This little book of self-care shares the perfect blend of essential oils to care for and heal yourself, combined with massage routines, yoga, meditation, and breathwork.
Out 31 Dec, DK, £9.99
2. Out and about
Spread the Christmas spirit by making your own holiday cards! Grab your coat and gloves, head out into your local winter wonderland, and get a picturesque photo to share with your friends and neighbours. Pop your cards in the post, or send them virtually!
If you can’t get the perfect snap, download our free Christmas cards on shop.happiful.com
3. Put on a show
Whether you have the voice of an angel, or would describe yourself as ‘musically challenged’, singing is a great way to lift your mood and calm a nervous mind. Pick your favourite Christmas anthem and sing your worries away. Why not put on a virtual concert for your nearest and dearest if you’re brave enough?
Connect with loved ones virtually over Zoom
4. Lend us your ears
‘Calm it Down’
When times get tough, it can often feel like we’re fighting just to get through the day. American pianist and composer Chad Lawson talks us through how to find calm as we navigate the ups and downs of life, to help make what we think are big problems, much smaller.
Morgan Harper Nichols
Artist, poet, and musician Morgan Harper Nichols shares daily reminders that you are stronger than you know, with her artwork, which is inspired by real stories. Follow Morgan for calming visuals and kind words.
Follow @morganharpernichols on Instagram
6. Tech Tip-Offs
Are you planning a secret gift exchange with your friends and family? Elfster is a Secret Santa generator that will do all the work for you (maybe it will actually stay secret this year!). If you think Santa might need some extra help, you can even make a wish list.
7. Square eyes
The Repair Shop Christmas special
Many of us have family heirlooms or sentimental items that could never be replaced, but what happens when those special objects need a little TLC? Enter: The Repair Shop. Jay and his team of expert craftspeople fix up precious items, bringing joy to homes across the country.
Watch on BBC One, or catch up on BBC iPlayer
8. Treat yourself
Hug at Home diamond throw
Who doesn’t love a comforting blanket to keep you warm and cosy on cold winter nights? Hug at Home offers an ever growing collection of natural and sustainable products to snuggle at home. Their diamond throw is made from 100% recycled plastic bottles, but it’s as soft as wool to keep you toasty!
£35, shop online at hugathome.co.uk
9. The conversation
Christmas Jumper Day
While things may be a little different this year, there’s no reason we can’t still embrace the Christmas spirit, and support vulnerable children around the world. Dig out your festive garments, share a #Elfie with your friends, and donate online.
11 December, donate online at savethechildren.org.uk
10. Get going
Wrapping presents can spark joy, but in our experience it can also bring aches and pains! Put down your ribbons and ease your aches by practising some stretches. You don’t need to be flexible, just find a comfortable space, breathe deeply, and stretch.
Try these simple stretches you can do at home