It's no surprise to me that most people feel blah and sluggish by the end of December and as a result feel ready to get back on track with healthy living come January. Between the ever-growing To Do List and many parties and events, most of us find ourselves eating too much of the "bad stuff" and not exercising enough. I mean, something has to give, right? We can't do it all, right? So: if we have more to do than normal + more opportunities to indulge = it's nearly impossible to stick to a normal healthy routine and habits. However, I don't believe that it has to be all or nothing.
In fact, here are some simple habits you can adopt during the holiday season to help you feel jolly and energized:
1. Start off your day as healthy as possible. While we can't control the rest of the day, the first hour of your day can be ALL yours. So use it wisely - wake up a little early, exercise for 10 minutes, meditate for 3-5 minutes, and have a super healthy breakfast with a fruit, veggie, healthy fat and healthy grain - that way you are good to go for the rest of the day.
2. Drink more water. Preferably with lemon. It will help you drink less sugary/caffeinated beverages while flushing out your body, plus the lemon is good for your throat and immune system.
3. Breathe deeply throughout the day. This time of the year can be stressful for many people - one way to help, simply breathe deeper! Try setting a reminder that goes off every hour or so to remind you to take 3 deep breaths!
4. Stretch before bed. Take 5 minutes to roll out your shoulders and neck, stretch out your back by hanging in rag doll (folding over your legs and letting your arms drop), and take some gentle twists in bed. Then take 10 deep breaths, inhaling through your nose and exhaling through your mouth, to release any stress that you picked up throughout the day.
And repeat each and every day to help you get through the holidays feeling better rather than blah!