The holidays have come and (almost) gone. It’s been weeks of eating, drinking, and generally carousing with your friends and family, and it’s starting to take a toll on your skin, body and general mood.
With New Year’s Eve just days away, it’s time for a quick cleanse, something to shift some of the spiritual weight you’ve taken on, without too much work. Read on for five simple ways to feel good and look better, just in time for the last bash of the holiday season.
1. Hydrate, Hydrate, Hydrate
We can’t say it often enough – water is king when it comes to feeling healthy from the inside out. Here are some simple steps to getting your doctor-recommended daily 2L. First thing in the morning, drink a glass of water infused with lemon (it’s an ancient Ayurvedic practice, designed to give your system a gentle kick-start). Then try carrying a refillable water bottle around with you through your day, as a visual reminder to drink up. Can’t stand the taste of pure water? Get your flavour fix by adding fruit and herbs, or by try out a warming herbal infusion.
Want to know more about hydration and why it’s essential? Click here.
2. Make A Move
It’s sad but true – five straight days on the couch watching Christmas movies with your family isn’t the ticket to a healthy holiday.
Our favourite way to get moving is yoga. Twist poses put gentle pressure on your kidneys, liver and spleen, encouraging blood flow and the release of the impurities. Even the simplest spine twist will leave you feeling refreshed and focused. If you’re feeling more ambitious, gravity-defying poses such as forward bends and handstands use the literal change in perspective to stimulate your metabolism and digestion – the perfect cure for a month of indulgence.
New to yoga? Find our beginner routine here.
3. Eat Smarter
We know – you’ve been doing nothing but eat for days, so the last thing you want to think about is food. But now, it’s time to focus on making the right choices to get your body functioning as well as possible.
Your liver’s taken a toll over the holidays. Support it by eating simple, healthy recipes containing kale or berries, and try to avoid fatty foods, sugar or refined carbohydrates. If you’ve overdone it, it’s best not to cut meals or take drastic measures. Instead, cut down on your portion sizes and opt for healthy, satisfying alternatives.
Looking to replace Grandma’s cookies with a healthy, plant-based snack? Find it here.
4. Pamper Yourself
It might sound counter-intuitive to call for more indulgence when you’re trying to undo all the damage you’ve done, but the post-Christmas days are actually the perfect time to luxuriate in a little self-care.
For a light introduction, look to the Ayurvedic art of abhyanga, which calls for a daily dose of self-massage to heal and connect you to your body. People looking for a more powerful intervention might try out dry brushing, which stimulates the lymphatic system to detox (and, more importantly, de-bloat). Otherwise, give your skin a break by boosting it with hydrating ampoules or trying out a moisturising Wonder Mask. You can even try going without make-up for a day or two to give your skin the ultimate break.
Inspired to find new ways to balance yourself? See more here.
5. Hit Snooze
Finally, if there’s just one thing you do to help yourself before the new year, be sure to get enough shuteye. Sleep is the single best thing we can do for our bodies – but sadly, most of us are falling far short of the recommended 7 to 9 hours. Your sleep-deprived self will suffer from sallow, dry skin, baggy eyes, and a low morale – hardly the best way to take on the New Year.
If you’ve got the snoozing down pat, there are other ways to incorporate some time for yourself into your day. Give yourself permission to take some down time. Cancel a couple appointments, indulge in some relaxation, and even try out an afternoon nap.
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