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How to cope with the winter blues – part 3

How to cope with the winter blues – part 3

In the final part of The Spark's 'How to cope with the winter blues' series, we're offering a few more tips on keeping your mood up when the sun is going down. You can catch up with part 1 and part 2 where we looked at how a 'sexy raincoat', not being Gordon Gekko and...

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How to cope with the winter blues – part 2

How to cope with the winter blues – part 2

Welcome to part 2 of The Spark's 'How to cope with the winter blues' series offering our tips on ways to defeat the winter blues. Catch up on part 1 of 'How to cope with the winter blues' where we looked at how embracing the winter season, taking up a new indoor...

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How to cope with the winter blues – part 1

How to cope with the winter blues – part 1

When the days start getting shorter and the nights longer, many people start to feel their mood drop. Unlike Seasonal Affective Disorder (SAD) – a form of clinical depression – the ‘winter blues’ is a general term for the feelings of sadness and lethargy we can all...

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Get some rest – stress-free Christmas tip 19

Get some rest – stress-free Christmas tip 19

Tip 19 on our countdown to a stress-free Christmas is really simple: get some rest! You can catch up on all 19 tips for your stress free Christmas on our website. Get some rest Christmas offers up a perfect storm of late nights and early starts. Which means getting a...

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Say please and thank you – stress-free Christmas tip 17

Say please and thank you – stress-free Christmas tip 17

Next up on our countdown to a stress-free Christmas is tip 17: say please and thank you this festive season. You can catch up on all 19 tips for your stress-free Christmas on our website. Remember to say please and thank you When a fellow shopper grabs the last ‘must...

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Ghosts of Christmas past – stress-free Christmas tip 16

Ghosts of Christmas past – stress-free Christmas tip 16

We have reached tip 16 on our countdown to a stress-free Christmas. You can catch up on all 19 tips for your stress-free Christmas. Ghosts of Christmas past There is no escaping that Christmas can be a difficult and highly emotional time for some of us. Past...

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Get Christmas helpers – stress free Christmas tip 15

Get Christmas helpers – stress free Christmas tip 15

When you are the one stuck with all the Christmas tasks the festive season can feel far from festive. De-stress this year by enlisting your own band of Christmas helpers. We are up to tip 15 on our countdown to a stress-free Christmas. You can catch up on all 19 tips...

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Spend time with people – stress free Christmas tip 14

Spend time with people – stress free Christmas tip 14

Next up on our countdown to a stress-free Christmas is tip 14: spend time with people this Christmas. You can catch up on all 19 tips for your stress-free Christmas. Spend time with people As the longest study on human happiness has shown, relationships keep us happy,...

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Help others this Christmas – stress free Christmas tip 13

Help others this Christmas – stress free Christmas tip 13

Today we are on to tip 13 in our countdown to a stress-free Christmas. The message is quite simple: help others this Christmas. Throughout December we will be offering up advice on how to enjoy a stress free Christmas! You can catch up on all 19 tips for your stress...

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Go for a winter walk – stress-free Christmas tip 11

Go for a winter walk – stress-free Christmas tip 11

We are up to tip 11 on our countdown to a stress-free Christmas. Despite the cold weather, a great way to de-stress during December is to get outside and go for a winter walk. You can catch up on all 19 tips for your stress free Christmas on our website. Stress-free...

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Enjoy simple things – stress free Christmas tip 10

Enjoy simple things – stress free Christmas tip 10

We are up to tip 10 on our countdown to a stress free Christmas: enjoy simple things this Christmas. Throughout December we will be offering up advice on how to enjoy a stress free Christmas! You can catch up on all 19 tips for your stress free Christmas on our...

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Write your own Christmas list – stress free Christmas tip 9

Write your own Christmas list – stress free Christmas tip 9

Stress-free Christmas tip 9 - write your own Christmas list Sometimes it can be tricky to know what to get a loved one or friend as a Christmas gift. Who needs that extra pressure at an already busy and stressful time of year? Be your own helpful Christmas elf by...

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Enjoy the build up – stress free Christmas tip 8

Enjoy the build up – stress free Christmas tip 8

We are already up to tip 8 in our guide to a stress-free Christmas: enjoy the build-up to Christmas Day. You can catch up on all 19 tips for your stress-free Christmas on our website. Stress-free Christmas tip 8 - enjoy the build-up to Christmas Day After the final...

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Switch off Christmas TV ads – stress free Christmas tip 6

Switch off Christmas TV ads – stress free Christmas tip 6

Day 6 on our countdown to a stress-free Christmas is upon us. Our latest tip for a happy and peaceful festive season: switch off those Christmas TV ads! Throughout December we will be offering up advice on how to enjoy a stress-free Christmas! You can catch up on all...

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Give gifts because you want to – stress free Christmas tip 5

Give gifts because you want to – stress free Christmas tip 5

We are up to tip 5 in our countdown to a stress-free Christmas. Give gifts because you want to, not because you feel you have to. Throughout December we will be offering up advice, tips and hints every day on how to enjoy a stress-free Christmas! You can catch up on...

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The Christmas to do list – stress free Christmas tip 4

The Christmas to do list – stress free Christmas tip 4

Tip 4 in our countdown to a stress-free Christmas is here: get organised with a Christmas to-do list. All through November and December, we will be offering up advice, tips and hints every day on how to enjoy a stress-free Christmas! You can catch up on all 19 tips...

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Stick to a Christmas budget – stress free Christmas tip 3

Stick to a Christmas budget – stress free Christmas tip 3

Tip 3 in our countdown to a stress-free Christmas is here: stick to a Christmas budget to avoid a debt hangover in the New Year. All through November and December, we will be offering up advice, tips and hints every day on how to enjoy a stress-free Christmas! You can...

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Do a bit at a time – stress-free Christmas tip 2

Do a bit at a time – stress-free Christmas tip 2

Tip 2 in our countdown to a stress-free Christmas is here: do a bit at a time to avoid that last minute, Christmas Eve panic. All through November and December, we will be offering up advice, tips and hints every day on how to enjoy a stress-free Christmas this year!...

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