From giant feasts of wholesome food to the glitter and drinks of all-night partying, you might have found yourself in a bubble of indulgence over the holidays.
If you’re starting January feeling a bit run-down after the excitement of Christmas, Thanksgiving and New Years, why not follow these steps to recovering from the holidays?
Our philosophy for post-holiday recovery is to pretty much do the opposite of what we’ve been doing over the holidays, starting with the following eight tips:
Skip the alcohol and sugary drinks this January in favour of water and water infused with fruits, mint and citrus. Try to stay away from alcohol for most of the week, and designate special days throughout the week for alcohol to avoid overindulging.
Eat at home
Instead of going out for fancy dinners to meet your friends, why not invite them over to your house and cook with them instead? You can even make it a monthly affair by rotating who gets to host each time.
Moisturise and hydrate
Festive excesses can really dry out your skin. Bring back that radiant look you love with plenty of water, use moisturiser daily (including under-eye creams), exfoliate twice a week and remember to apply sunscreen when the weather gets warmer.
Get back to routine
Wind down from a fortnight of partying by establishing a routine as quickly as possible. Set yourself a sensible bedtime and start to wind down about half an hour beforehand – and set yourself an earlier alarm to help you get back to work hours.
Cut the dairy
Your body can become clogged down by dairy, so it might be worth cutting down on the amount you consume every day. Why not try switching to almond milk or soy milk for a couple of weeks to help your body recover?
Get some morning exercise
Whether it’s a quick walk around the block, or just jumping jacks in your bedroom, give yourself a morning boost of energy with a quick exercise session.
Check in with yourself
Keep yourself positive (and on track for your New Year’s resolutions) by checking in with yourself every week. As yourself if you’re doing what you need to do to complete your resolutions and keep healthy, and figure out if there are things you can do to improve your progress. Keeping a journal is a great way of keeping track of your progress.
A great way of feeling refreshed for the New Year is by giving your wardrobe a thorough purge. Look through everything you have and only keep items you know you’re going to wear this year. Try to donate at least one item of clothing every month – or one item for every present you received over the holidays!
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