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It isn’t unusual (especially at this time of year) to feel overwhelmed by everyday pressures. We’ve looked at the science of stress to offer the best strategies to help protect your mental and physical health


THERE’S NOTHING SEASONAL ABOUT STRESS itself – we can have money worries, relationship and family issues or experience bereavement and other serious life changes at any time. But certain points in the year shine a spotlight on those issues, and this is one of them. If you begin to feel overwhelmed by your problems, Christmas can turn from being a season of joy into a time of panic, anxiety or loneliness. And, when we start to feel overwhelmed, it’s more likely we’ll make less healthy choices: takeaways rather than home cooking; skipping that exercise class; cancelling a catch-up with friends; and missing out on sleep. The trouble is, looking after ourselves (eating well, relaxing with friends, exercising, getting to bed early) is what makes us less susceptible to stress.

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A healthier Christmas all wrapped up in this festive issue. Lower stress with our expert guide that helps you relax and take holiday pressure in your stride. Food wise, all the classics, from turkey to trifle, have been made healthier, plus tips for feeding veggie or gluten-free guests. And, of course, there’s chocolate! HFG nutritionists reveal the healthiest treats. Plus, ways to beat colds and flu, and get better faster.
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