If a chock-a-block diary inspires a feeling of dread then the thought of December is doubtlessly making you quake… Even the most extroverted can struggle to cope with the whirlwind of festive receptions, prosecco-fuelled lunches and Monday-night drinks that descend into weeks of (reluctant) debauchery, so rather than feeling obliged to say ‘Yes’ when your soul’s saying ‘No’, revel in feeling refreshed with our tips to help counteract FOMO and make staying in even more irresistible…

GET SOAKED

Swap getting soaked for a soul-soothing soak as you rush home to wash the week’s stresses away with the bathwater. Lace a hot tub with goop’s {G.Tox Detox Salt Bath Soak} – a softening cocktail that helps to negate the effects of the festive excesses and grant an excuse for some much-needed ‘me time’

BRUSH UP

Now that your body’s in prime ‘hibernation’ mode, give sluggish lymph nodes a much-needed ‘tszuj’ with some dry body brushing. A great way to stimulate drainage and help your fatigued filter system eliminate toxins, getting to grips with some bristles will slough away scales and help flush out a hangover. Try Dr. Barbara Sturm's {Body Brush Medium}.

NOT GLOWING OUT

Lost your glow-jo? Don’t worry, we’ve got it. Instead of accepting that last-minute invite, retreat to your safe space and swaddle your skin with a comforting blanket of calm. Make time for a face mask – we love Joanna Vargas’s {Forever Glow Anti-Aging Face Mask} – and revel in NOT quaffing plonk with your colleagues.

GOLDEN HOUR

Pining for sunshine? Simulate summer by making a date with your favourite self-tanner. A brilliant reason to duck out of drinks when you need a night off, tell friends you’re saving yourself for the weekend then make sure you radiate health when you finally honour your pals with your presence. Isle of Paradise’s {Self Tanning Water} comes in three shades for an envy-inducing, post-holiday bronze.

AAAAND BREATHE

Finding some valuable time with your thoughts can be tricky when flooded with festive requests and a calendar crammed with obligations. Stay sane by carving out five minutes of mindfulness aided by Uma’s {Pure Calm Wellness Oil} – a heavenly, fret-quelling cocktail of chamomile, jasmine and vetiver that helps you feel ‘zen’ when you’re starting to stress.

WELL LIT

When you’ve made it through Hump Day reward your survival by building the cosiest ‘nest’ you can fashion and lighting the ‘bougiest’ bougie. Cire Trudon’s impressive confections have famous (and infamous) fans so discover your dormant Madonna (she’s in there) and don your best loungewear to bask in the joy of an evening enveloped in opulence. You’ve earned it…

EDITOR’S PICK

‘“Sorry, I’m washing my hair” is legitimate cause to renege on a date when the weather’s sub-zero and night-time starts at 5pm. I swear by this rich and replenishing hair mask that knows how to nourish stressed, winter-wrecked tresses so make time to show locks some much-needed love when the mercury plummets.’ - Verity, Content Editor

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