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Beating the post-holiday blues

By 14th Jan 2019Wellness
It’s universal – the post-holiday blues. After the excesses of December and possible stresses that come along with it, it can be easy to feel tired and blue when you go back to work. Wellness expert, Lara Delafield shares some tips on how to cope with the post-holiday blues.

To some degree many people experience a physical and emotional low as Christmas holidays come to an end and the start of another year begins.

For many the combination of family stress, high monetary spend as well as an over indulgent festive season leaves a  trace of trauma  and despair, not to mention a bloated digestive system. The new year’s social media is full of people’s announcements of self-improvement and ‘New Year – New You’ which can add a lot of unnecessary pressure.

With a massive rise in wellness tourism worldwide and efforts to increase conscious and mindful living, many people may have managed to maintain their physical and emotional sanity over this period. Whether you’re worn out or feeling ready to take on new challenges, here are some practical tools to help you to integrate into a healthy and prosperous New Year with the minimal amount of stress.

Physical tips

If you are suffering with bloating and digestive discomfort try drinking lots of water with lemon and cucumber. Your kidneys and liver may have been working overtime and this will help to restore their health and functionality.

Try and do a one day raw fruit and vegetable detox. This helps to alleviate pressure and stress on the digestive system.

A liquid probiotic will also aid in the balance of good/bad bacteria and ensure your stomach maintains homeostasis.

After a season of excesses, many will suffer with heart burn and acid reflux. Try a natural alkaline powder to reduce acidity. Red meat, alcohol and rich food all create an acidic environment within the body which will create havoc in the system.

Keep moving. Go for a walk, a cycle or a swim or push harder and hit the gym. Keep the body active.Cycling at ol Donyo

Avoid processed and deep fried foods which contribute to lethargy.

Emotional Tips

Ensure you create some new productive daily routines and perhaps create a vision board or book

Listen to uplifting music

Spend time in nature. It is the best possible cure to most ills.

Plan your next holiday away or even weekend getaway. Having something to look forward to helps when you’re back at work and there could be a while until your next break.

Start a gratitude journal each morning and start the day focusing on the positive aspects of both yourself and your life. This also helps you shake off the “victim” mentality”.

Surround yourself with uplifting, solution orientated people.