Guest article by Mia of High Style Life
The holidays are one of the most joyous times of every year. It’s a chance for the whole family to get together, celebrate, eat way too much delicious food and overall spread joy. However, after the holidays have passed, you might feel the aftereffects. You’ll be tired, since all of your energy reserves were depleted, bloated because of all the food you’ve eaten and simply ready to turn a new page. If you recognize yourself in any of these symptoms, here’s how to get back on track and feel great.
Start eating normally
Yes, you have two fridges full of leftovers, but that doesn’t mean you have to feast like it’s Christmas every day until the reserves are gone. Look up light, healthy recipes that use up holiday leftovers, and go back to listening to your body when it tells you it’s full. Since the holidays aren’t exactly synonymous with fresh produce, you might want to start having more fresh fruits and veggies in your diet to get some nutrition and flush the toxins. Make sure you’re not falling for the fad of a crash diet or any of the “get back in shape fast” scams, because they’re not only dangerous, but completely unnecessary – your body will return to its regular shape and weight after you’ve gone back to eating as you normally do.
Get enough sleep
After all that celebrating and late night partying, it’s time to get some rest. If you’ve had days off, chances are that you did get those eight hours in, but that they weren’t the same hours you’d normally get. To get back in the rhythm of life, you need to restore your sleep routine. Go to bed earlier and don’t sleep in. If you’re having trouble falling asleep, try some sleep techniques to help you until your body adjusts.
Take care of your skin
Being indoors all the time, being too warm and eating a lot of sweet and fatty food cannot be good for your complexion. Your skin may have dried out and there might even be a few breakouts, but it’s nothing that a little care and the right products can’t fix. Treat yourself to a deep moisturizing skincare set and really pamper your skin. The right diet and regular sleep will help with this immensely. If it’s cold outside where you live, make sure you don’t leave the house without a layer of moisturizer on your face, because the cold air and wind might crack your skin open if it’s not protected. A small hand cream should always be in your bag, along with a bottle of water which will hydrate you from the inside out.
Whether or not it’s your New Year’s resolution, you need to start moving. Yes, it’s cold and you want to stay inside where it’s warm, but get dressed and at least start walking. The cool, fresh air will do wonders in waking you up and helping you feel optimistic. If you have a friend or family member who also wants to start moving more, team up and go jogging, or hit the gym together. Just make sure you’re avoiding the trap of both of you encouraging each other to stay inside “just this one time”. A lot of sports centers have promotions at the beginning of the year, offering discounted or free trial classes, so this is the perfect time to try something new. There are probably lots of activities to do around the house as well, like shoveling snow – maybe even for your neighbors, so be kind and get some exercise in at the same time. Remember that forming a habit takes about three to four weeks, so stick it out for that long, and then you’ll be craving the activity.
Remember that the time you take to heal and regenerate your body is a time to show yourself love. You’re not bad or undisciplined because you enjoyed the holidays, but now it’s time to continue on with everyday life, and these tips will help you adjust as quickly as possible. Getting back into a routine is easier when everyone in your surroundings is doing it, so set some rules and encourage each other to stick to them so you can all feel better moving forward.
Mia Taylor is a lifestyle blogger from Sydney and writer for www.highstylife.com. She loves writing about her life experiences. Travelling and enjoying other cultures and their food with her husband is a big part of her life. She is always on the lookout for new trends in fashion and beauty, and considers herself an expert when it comes to lifestyle tips.
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