The holidays are a busy but wonderful time of the year. A great time to see your loved ones, exchange gifts or just take the time to be grateful for what we have. It is also a time of excess, sleepless nights and abundant gluttony.
Even the best of us are weaken by this overload of sugar and stimulation. What are the best ways to get back into our routine easily and rapidly? We all have our rituals when it comes to getting us back on track, but most of us need the same things, good food, and good sleep. But how exactly and what else can be helpful?
Here are some of the simplest but most powerful things you can do for your self to be back in force for 2020.
#1-What do you eat?
The first and most logical thing to do after the holidays is to have good nutrition. A good way to get rid of bloating and the feeling of being over stuff is to eat bitter foods. Arugula, Kale, rapini, etc… are extremely good at stimulating digestion. Their high levels of sulfur-based compounds help support the liver and are also believed to decrease sugar cravings.
Another excellent way to eliminate all your cravings, and clean your gut, from all the abuse of the holiday season, is to go on a full fresh food diet for at least 3 days in a row.
What I mean by a fresh food diet is: eating only fresh vegetables and fruits ideally nothing cooked or transformed.
This type of diet is very good for foggy brains and gastrointestinal balance. After the third day, you can slowly add more complex elements to your diet, without any excess, and go back to your regular eating habits.
#2- How much rest do you get?
Over the holiday period, we tend to go to bed at unregular hours and have an average of 4-5 hours of sleep per night. Which is not enough for a grown-up human being.
I know it is hard to go to bed early and have a full night of sleep when our body isn't on the right clock.
Try to be in bed at a reasonable hour even if you are not tired yet. At least your body will start resting a little bit. That way you will slowly recalibrate your sleeping cycles.
Something that helps me, is to take good care of my body by taking a soothing warm bath before going to bed. Doing face masks or even hair masks to be as relaxed as can be before going to bed and being able to go to sleep faster also helps me get the hours of sleep I need.
Having uninterrupted sleep is crucial for your body to recharge and get rid of all the waste and toxins that got stuck in our system during the holidays.
Another advice I can give you is to go to sleep with special music. Something just loud enough for your brain to focus only on that one thing before you go to bed. That will help prevent you from overthinking before bedtime and it can also help mitigate other sounds that might wake you up in the middle of the night.
#3-Do you stay hydrated?
Staying hydrated is a habit a lot of us do not take seriously enough. It is something we should always be aware and conscious of.
Particularly during and after the holiday season our body is working hard to eliminate all that excess of sugar, alcohol, fat, etc…
You can make it more fun by adding fruits or by drinking tea. Some specific types of tea are proven to help with detoxifying our bodies. Dandelion tea, turmeric, ginger and many more other types of teas are great to keep you hydrated and get rid of those bad toxins.
Remember a human adult should consume 2.7 liters of water per day!
#4-How much do you exercise?
Unfortunately, we get lazy around the holidays and sometimes skip the gym. To help redress our routine and sleep cycle, exercise is a great ally.
The best way to reintroduce physical activity is to make it your priority in the morning. Before you look at your phone or even have breakfast go for a short run, do some yoga or do a couple of sit-ups.
This will help you to wake up and start the day on a good note.
After the holidays exercise is even more beneficial because it helps our body to get rid of impurities and toxins stored in our fatty tissue.
Exercise can also reduce inflammation and enhance our body functions. Therefore, it also promotes our natural detox process.
Just 10 minutes of intense aerobic activity per day is enough to make a difference.
Overall, these 4 steps are things that come to us very naturally. Eat well, sleep well, stay hydrated and exercise comes down to the basics of a smooth-running human body. I hope the tips in this article will help you start this new year on the right track.