How to beat the post holiday blues!
In this article Simoné gives you 5 really practical tips of how to beat your post holiday blues, get into a great routine & boost your 'happy brain chemicals' to give you the boost you need!
1. Fast/ Detox out the holiday toxins
Foods high in sugar rapidly raise your levels of insulin and then promptly lower them leaving you with a crash-and-burn effect. Not to mention that once your body is accustomed to regularly consuming sugar, it craves it more. The same goes for alcohol, which is also a depressant and will leave you feeling down. To hit the reset button, opt out of high-fat foods, processed foods, sugary snacks, and alcohol for the month of September and see how you feel. Chances are your mood will level off and things that bothered you won’t seem so bad. Intermittent fasting is also a great way to fast track your post holiday detox. Simply swap out your breakfast for a green smoothie (fresh veggie juice with 2 teaspoons of The Super Elixir (https://www.rejuv.co.uk/store/product/the-super-elixir3) and if you are really keen to empty your toxic cup swap out your lunch for a vegan protein shake (400ml almond or plant milk + 1 scoop of Rejuv Rice Burn protein powder or Welleco nourishing protein powder ( https://www.rejuv.co.uk/store ). For more information on fasting and cleansign see our last months blog https://www.rejuv.co.uk/blog/seasonal-cleanse-your-wellbeing-depends-on-it
2. De-Clutter and Give to charity
It’s amazing how great your mind feels when we de-clutter. Put on some meditation music or soothing nature sounds, take one room at a time, set a timer for 20 to 30 minutes, and focus on one area. Have three bags with you, one for trash, one for recycling, and one for charity. When you’ve finished, you can clear your space by opening up all the windows, changing the air & using essential oils such as sage & frankincense.
Many people experience post-holiday blues when they awaken to the credit card bills in the mailbox and realize they’ve overspent. Instead of burying them underneath the pile (you know the one I’m talking about), make a plan for the upcoming year’s holiday spending. Many banks offer a holiday savings account and the first of the year is a great time to start saving. Take a look at how much you spent over the holidays, take the total amount, and divide it by 12. You now know how much you’ll need to save each month for gift giving and holiday festivities.
3. Get back into a good routine ASAP
Add in a schedule for your meals & water intake. Even something as simple as being dehydrated can really affect your mood so set alarms on your phone so you remember to drink 500ml first thing, mid morning & mid-afternoon. Make sure you finish your evening meal about three hours before bedtime and stay away from caffeine after 4 p.m. If you really want to boost your mood, add in 15-minute walks after each meal. Also a really neat trick to fast track your hydration is to hold water in your mouth for about 30 seconds before you drink it.
Shake off the holiday blues and choose a form of exercise you enjoy or at least hate the least! My dear friend and business partner Elle Macpherson encouraged me to move my body every day and this really changed my life. So I either ride my bike, go for a run, do a gym session, do water sports or jump on the trampoline with my kids. Whatever I have time for and I ask myself how I would like to move each day and something fun always pops into my mind!
5. Book another holiday or put something in the dairy to look forward to
Christmas is just around the corner so put a fun family get-together in the dairy or book a fab holiday to escape all the family madness. Whatever brings you joy, choose wisely for the Christmas break enriches your soul and helps catapult you into the new year feeling great. Nothing worse than having stress over the holidays, comfort eating to cope with that and dragging yourself into January. Love yourself enough to set some healthy boundaries that nourish your bind, body and spirit.