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Post-Holiday Detox: Tips for Taking Care of Yourself


With friends and family in town and time away from work and routine, the winter holidays can easily feel like the most unhealthy and exhausting days of the year. Instead of starting 2019 off well-rested and rejuvenated, you might actually feel worn down and out of sync.

Here are five vital steps to get your body and household back on track after the holidays:

1. Cleanse your kitchen of all the sweets and edible gifts you’ve received

You don’t need to keep those extra cookies someone gifted and there is no sense in saving any candy you don’t like—in case you have a craving for it one day. Just because your kids or a family member made something, doesn’t mean you have to eat it.

The holidays can bring on a lot of excess so take a cleansing first step and remove all of the extra foods and sweets you acquired from your home. Removing these things also eliminates the possibility you’ll eat them just because they are there.

2. Drink warm water with lemon

You’ve heard this before, but if you haven’t looked into the reasons why—you should! The list is long, exciting and will have you juicing lemons into warm water on the regular. Long known for the benefit of flushing toxins out of the body, drinking warm lemon water also offers these benefits:

  • Balances and maintains the pH levels in the body

  • Aids in digestion and colon health

  • Prevents the growth and multiplication of pathogenic bacteria that cause infections

  • Helps cure the common cold

  • Provides benefits to the skin and can be helpful in prevention of acne

3. SLEEP!

People deprive themselves of sleep daily and especially over the holidays. Being on vacation with different wake times and staying up to watch the New Years Eve ball drop, likely has your body still recovering from an unusual sleep schedule.

Get into healthy sleep habits by setting a consistent bed and wake time, winding down earlier in the evening, and reducing your exposure to cell phone blue light before bed. These steps can help you get in those recommended 7-8 hours of sleep.

4. Start your day with yoga

Get moving every day in 2019. A great way to start this habit is with morning yoga. It’s something you can do in your own home—in your pajamas even!—and can be as small of a commitment as 20 minutes.

The stretch and flow will help your body reduce bloating, fatigue and any travel pains you might have leftover. Plus, once you get into the habit of moving every morning, you’ll be more likely to make morning exercise a part of your daily routine.

5. Schedule activities with healthy and like-minded friends

“Let’s get together for a drink!” You probably said this and heard this one too many times over the holidays. In fact, The Distilled Spirits Council of the United States notes that “a quarter of the $49-billion-a-year distilled spirits industry’s profits come from the month between Thanksgiving and the New Year.”

With celebrations behind you and a new year ahead, intentionally make plans with friends who are a good influence. Think, the friends who want to go for a walk, meet for morning coffee or ask you to sign up for a class together.

No more happy hour drinks, wine dinners or overindulgent brunches in January. You’ll make healthy decisions when you surround yourself with healthy opportunities.

Now that you are taking care of yourself, go take on those goals you’ve set for the new year!

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