Christmas, a busy time for most men- especially us. Daily meetings, Christmas lunches, drinks and parties in the evening. Surviving the rigours of Christmas can be tricky on various levels. Feeling strong though, is an attitude. Conquering the day ahead is in your own head.

We took inspiration for this feature from Actimel’s video above and the struggles of Santa at bootcamp. Take a look at the video and the intensive regime Santa has to go through preparing for Christmas. How do you survive? You’ll find below, my tips on how I Stay Strong over the Christmas period…

What to Wear


The diverse nature of #ApeLife means we might be at breakfast one day, followed by a meeting after, a smart lunch, a brand launch followed by an evening event. Getting home to change for each of these scenarios is an impossibility, so the key is to invest in the most diverse coat available- to keep warm and look the part for any occasion.

Our preference is a classic overcoat- versatile enough to be worn with trainers and a t-shirt or a suit and shoes- anything goes. A scarf too on colder days.

Easy Gifting


Forget hitting the shops for your Christmas gifting- the queues, volume of people, time and stress just isn’t worth it. Some of the best online retailers making gifting easy, many providing pre-wrapped gifts and or gift boxes, presented in an easy to view online store experience.



Avoiding excess at Christmas is nigh on impossible, so just accept it and deal with it. Our key tips include hydration, be mindful and sleep where possible, for example whilst traveling.

Water- everyone says water is the key to hangover recovery, better skin and general well-being. It’s because it’s true. Keep your hydration levels topped up throughout the day by carrying a bottle of mineral water- serving as a constant reminder.

Mindful- mindfulness, despite being an ancient Buddhist practice it is more relevant then ever for life today. Mindfulness means paying attention in a particular way to the present moment. It increases awareness, clarity and acceptance of our present-moment reality. We like to see it as a mini-escape, for example savouring the flavour, smell, and thinking about the origins of your ground coffee. Or even reading a book- I’m enjoying Life Is What You Make It by Peter Buffett right now- it’s about choosing the path of least resistance or the path of potentially greatest satisfaction- I like to call it following your dreams.

Sleep- a neck pillow is the ultimate travel accessory for sleeping when you can. Sneak a twenty minute nap when possible to keep energy levels high, particularly useful when flying or travelling.

Skincare and Grooming


Fight the toll of Christmas parties, late nights, central heating and more with a selection of key men’s grooming and skincare products.

Face Mask- purify, clarify and balance- the benefits of a face mask are untold. They can help firm and address signs of ageing, whilst providing a few moments of relaxation. We like the Malin+Goetz Detox Face Mask which is essentially a face reviver, after a night of excess.

Eye Care- try an eye cream or gel constructed with a cooling icy ball applicator, this roll-on should help drain the eye contour and eliminates dark circles, puffiness and signs of tiredness. All of which are caused by late nights and hard-partying.

Fragrance- Musc Ravageur by Frederic Malle- unusual but a unique festive fragrance for keeping up a fresh approach, particularly when caught out underneath the mistletoe. It’s warm, musky and spicy with Christmassy notes of mandarin orange, cinnamon, cloves and vanilla.

This post is brought to you in association with Actimel

Actimel contains Vitamin B6 that contributes to the reduction of tiredness and fatigue. It also contains Vitamins B6 & D that contribute to the normal function of the immune system.