Although traditionally the season of fun, food and festivities, Christmas can also be a truly exhausting time.

Since the average Yuletide to-do list includes jostling in crowded shops for the perfect gifts, decorating the house, wrapping up work projects before the holidays, hosting visiting relatives and cooking multiple feasts, it’s no wonder Christmas can be one of the most stressful times of year.

But fear not! Here’s some advice on how you can relax, unwind and recover after the holiday season.

Stretch Your Legs

After a month or more of foodie indulgence and time spent indoors, take the opportunity to explore the great outdoors with a peaceful walk in Malta’s beautiful countryside, or along one of the island’s many picturesque seafronts. Deeply breathing in the fresh air in these beauty spots will inspire and energise you, ready for a new year.

Read for Pleasure

Although you may have been given at least one book as a Christmas gift, it’s likely you won’t have had two minutes to yourself during the festive season to sit and read it at your leisure. Now is finally that chance: set the scene with a comfortable chair, a glass of wine, and your mobile phone on silent, and indulge in a good book for the ultimate relaxation.

Escape to the Cinema

After all the fun and feasting is over, there’s nothing better to look forward to than a brilliant new blockbuster. There are a number of cinemas that you could book into in Malta – including one in St Julian’s. Now all you have to decide is whether the diet starts today… or whether it might be more fun to indulge in some popcorn and goodies!

Take in the History

This is ‘off season’ in Malta, so many of the museums and historic sites will be that much quieter. Jump at the chance to see them without the throngs of others visitors, and dedicate a couple of days to exploring some of the island’s popular attractions at a quieter pace, including the Hypogeum, the pre-historic temples, and the Grandmaster’s Palace.

Make Time to Be Pampered

January is the perfect time to treat yourself to some well-deserved me-time, since you’ve been catering to everyone else’s needs throughout December. Go for total relaxation at the Marion Mizzi Wellbeing Spa sith a full-body massage to knead the Christmas stresses away, or book a hair and nails appointment to refresh your sparkle.

Looking for more ideas? Check out 5 Reasons Why You Should Visit Malta This Winter