3 Ways To Not Lose It Over Christmas
It’s a magical and crazy time of year. Most people are spending time with family, doing a little bit of partying and having a good ole’ time.
It would really suck if you had a major blowout, ended up sick or with the flu and then couldn’t actually be there during Christmas or for New Year’s Eve.
So that’s why I thought I’d share 3 tips that I highly recommend you stick with.
Self-care is so important during this time, but so is pulling the carrot out of your ass, relaxing, connecting with family and friends, eating some quality food, having a few drinks, and just enjoying yourself.
My three tips are…
Number one: Hydration
Hydration is SO important to make sure all the vital functions of your body keep working the way they’re supposed to.
Scientists who have studied the functions of the human body recommend drinking one liter of water per 22kg of body weight each day. And I 100% agree. I weigh about 80kg and drink about four liters of water a day, which means if I’m drinking alcohol or coffee—those drinks that can lead to dehydration—my foundation is established and I’m not going to end up dehydrated.
I know for some people, even 1L sounds like a lot. If you don’t think you can drink that much water a day, just do your best.
The best time to hydrate is first thing in the morning. When you first wake up, drink as much water as you can because this gets the digestive system working, sends fluid into your joints and helps to detox and rehydrate your system from the day before.
If you have a big bender, I highly recommend before you go to bed, smash at least 500mls (2 cups) of water with some salt. Maybe a whole liter. It’s going to water everything down so you actually feel pretty good in the morning.
If you’re properly hydrated you’ll also be less prone to stress eating.
Tip #2 is walking
For me this is a non-negotiable.
How many of you guys have seen Wolf of Wall Street?
This guy was drinking alcohol and doing drugs every single day. BUT, here’s the kicker. He shared a hot tip… He said (and I’m paraphrasing here), “every morning, I’d wake up, I’d smash it in the gym, I would sit in a sauna, sweat out all the drugs from the day before, and then start all over again.”
Simply moving the body; getting outside and walking up a sweat is enough. I go for a 45-minute walk every day and I’m out there sweating and supporting my body to clean out any toxins. If you’re in Australia, especially now it’s summertime, it’s the perfect time to go for a big walk, sweat it out and breathe deeply while you’re walking. If you’re in the US, put on a thick coat and jumper—something that will make you sweat and get out there. Fantastic.
Doing at least a 30-minute walk in the morning will give you more energy and reduce stress. (It could also be a good excuse for some much need alone time over Christmas!) It’s such a simple exercise, yet it does SO much for your body. Your digestion’s going to move. You’ll most likely come home and have a movement. Yay, got rid of yesterday’s shit!
If you want to take it to the next level, sit in a sauna or do enough activity that you’re really sweating out yesterday’s toxins.
My third tip… quality music!
We have awesome playlists in the Heal Thy Self TRiBE Education Library, for example, that really helps lift your mood. I recommend people have it on in the car, or at work, it’s a great way to get rid of stress. It’s all about keeping that high vibration.
I’m sure you guys have your own music to listen to, but if you don’t, I really recommend taking the time to find songs that make you happy and get your body moving.
Did you know that dancing improves your immunity?
At this time of year, being around family and loads of people can be emotional and stressful. There can be a whole bunch of old stuff that comes up. This stress can actually suppress our immune system. Whereas dancing gives you happy vibes. Not only is that great for stress release, but being in an elated state literally helps to build our immune system!
When you’re listening to music you love, your body just wants to move. Hands up if you’ve felt that?
Keep hydrated. Keep walking. Listen to music.
These three simple things will help you to stay positive and keep going, even when you’ve been pounded by alcohol or party food.
Those are my three hot tips to keep going through Christmas and New Year.
I hope they help you these holidays.
Have a merry xmas folks!
PS. If you do end up worse for wear and want to support your body with a beautiful fresh juice or water fast, or a delicious raw food cleanse, please try our cleanses section to learn more, or get your questions answered in our forum. It’s an awesome thing to be a part of.
Thanks for reading,