Coming off the holidays with all the fun, festivities and chaos can leave you feeling a little discombobulated. With many routines lost in the shuffle of vacation, family time and celebrations you may be feeling off kilter, and a little depressed. If I had such a great time, then why do I feel so bad?
The best way to get over the funk is to be honest about what you are feeling, take stock of what’s going on and address the basics.
- Hit the sack… An easy way to make the world look better is to get adequate sleep. Sleep is proven medicine to improve mood, productivity, and reduce stress hormones and inflammation in the body. Let “nature’s nurse” bring you back to health. Turn off the electronics, take 30 minutes to wind down and catch some z’s.
- Guzzle the good stuff… You know what I’m going to say, right? If you commit today to simply drinking half the number of pounds you weigh in ounces of water you will be shocked, maybe even awed, at how much better you feel. Front-load your water intake during the day, and embrace the fact that you will be intimately acquainted with every bathroom in town as an indicator that you are cleaning your body out. Guzzle as much as you can early in the day, and then treat yourself like a toilet-training toddler as bedtime approaches. You will be less tired, hungry and foggy.
- Move that body! Do something. Anything. Really – anything. Give yourself permission to do what you can in the time you have. If it’s a 10 minute stroll to the end of the street and back, then let it be! Look around, take in the fresh air, colors and smells and congratulate yourself for getting out of the chair. Silence the “could, would and should” and focus on what you are up for today. Meet friends for a hike or games in the park rather than more eating and drinking. Yes, I’m going to say it for the third time – you will be in a better mood, more productive, less stressed, and have greater energy and once you get started, you may not want to stop as soon as you thought.
Sometimes we make health so hard. Let the basics get you back on solid ground, and remember that health is a journey, not a destination. Blessings to you all in 2014!