IT’S the most frazzled fortnight of the year.

If you’ve got a to-do list longer than Santa’s, it can be hard to stay as jolly as the big fella.

Here are some simple and inexpensive ways to restore Christmas calm.

WALK THIS WAY: Staying active will give you an extra boost of feel-good endorphins, boosting your physical and mental health.

A daily walk during daylight hours will give you a dose of Vitamin D and the head space to tackle the shopping, wrapping and busy social calendar.

CUP OF CALM: Avoid sugar dips and caffeine spikes by steering clear of too many sweet treats or caffeinated drinks.


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Switching to decaf or a festive herbal tea, like Pukka Herbs new Winter Warmer, £2.79 from Asda or buy two for £5, will keep you on a more even keel.

GIFT YOURSELF SOME TIME OUT: There’s a heap of deals around on pampering gift sets right now, so why not set aside one for yourself?

For £5 at Superdrug, down from £10, Sanctuary Spa’s 25 Minutes to Glow set, with bath foam and body scrub, will give you a little window of peace.

FIND YOUR ’APPY PLACE: An app like Calm provides guided meditations and is easy to use for beginners.

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There’s some free content, though you have to pay for the premium version. Calm Premium currently has 50 per cent off for a year — head to

Fearne Cotton’s self-care app Happy Place also allows a free 14-day trial and then it’s £49.99 a year.

SLEEP DEEPLY: Getting a good night’s shut-eye is the key to coping with busy days.

Indulge yourself at bedtime with Feather & Down Dreamy Duo set of pillow spray and sleep mist, both infused with lavender and camomile.

Like other Feather & Down sets at Sainsbury’s, it’s half price, down from £6.50 to £3.25.

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Deal of the day

HEAD to the clearance section at for great deals, like these Emma Willis mid-blue boyfriend jeans, down from £48 to £10.

SAVE: £38

Cheap treat

GET 20 per cent off selected Lego sets at, taking the price of the Minecraft Mushroom House, for example, from £18 to £14.

SAVE: £4

What’s new?

THERE are 50 £100 Iceland vouchers up for grabs to ease the cost of Christmas.

Be in with a chance to win by applying at

But hurry, entries must be in by the end of today.

Top swap

THE faux fur teal-green coat from Oliver Bonas, £110, is appealing but Sainsbury’s Tu version, £31.50, has a more comforting price tag.

SAVE: £78.50

Leah’s little helper

GIVE the gift of your time to a loved one rather than an expensive present. With the printable Christmas gift cheques at

You can pledge to do something special for someone else, from breakfast in bed to babysitting.


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