Hoe de feestdagen te overleven en op de grond blijven

The holidays, while fun, can also play a brutal awakening to your routine. Between the multitude of holiday parties, family gatherings, and office treats, it can take a toll on your body, mind, and wallet. Instead of panicking and waking up January 1st with a headache full of adrenaline to piece yourself back together, there are small steps you can take to help you feel more grounded throughout the next month (and beyond).

  • ater, Water, Water- Whether tepid, frigid cold, or with lemon throughout the day, water is a non-negotiable when it comes to your wellness. During the night you are fasting, which means first thing in the morning guzzle down a large glass or even better a liter of water to hydrate yourself and jump start your metabolism. During the day, drink a glass of water before your coffee and make sure you switch off between a hard cocktail with a glass of water to keep the hangover at bay. 
  • 3 – 2‑1 your day: Getting in your daily dose of vegetables can seem like a lot especially if you prefer to fill up on homemade baked cookies or salty treats around the office. The 3 – 2‑1 system will help you not only consume your vegetables, it also looks to diversity what you are eating throughout your day and adds a little bit of mindfulness to each meal. The rule is at each meal of the day you will have either 1, 2 or 3 vegetables equally to a total of 6 ( or more) by the end of the day. It’s as easy as at throw spinach into your smoothie, starting with vegetable soup, or adding fresh cucumber and sprouts to your sandwich. 
  • Take 5 for Meditation- We have told you before breathing and taking a couple mental minutes to meditate can do a world of wonders for your health and fight stress. With excessive crowds, a house filled with family or for the introverts- work events- stay level headed this season with just a few minutes of breathing in the morning, during your lunch break, or right before you go to bed. Remember, meditation doesn’t need to be sitting, it can also be on a walk, laying in bed or, my favorite, in a sauna, 
  • Mindlessly Save- Holidays while food and beverage indulgent can also take a toll on your wallet. Sometimes budgets can be very daunting especially if you are not a numbers person” or an excel wiz.” This is where you let technology do its work. Download a smart savings app like Albert or Clarity Money that analyzes your income and spending every day and will either set aside small amounts of money you can safely save or closely monitor your monthly cost to notify if you are overpaying on bills or cut hidden subscription services. 

Articles from The Natural should not be considered medical advice. If you have any questions about your health, please consult a medical professional.