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7 Tips to Getting Back on Track After the Holidays
Ashley Martens
By Ashley Martens

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As we prepare for the holiday season, many of us take the time to make sure we are looking and feeling our best, but what about after the holidays? After the Christmas cocktails, party platters, and sweet treats, you may be left feeling less than stellar. Use these seven tips to get back on track after the holidays so you can get back to feeling your best post-holidays.

1. Shift Your Mindset

If you found yourself indulging over the holidays, shift your mindset around your views on your decisions. Accept your actions to indulge (maybe a little more than you had initially planned) then abandon any embarrassment, guilt, or shame surrounding your decision. The negativity that surrounds your food choices usually lasts longer than the food actually stays in your system, so be gentle with yourself. Allow yourself to enjoy the indulgence in the moment, then trust your body enough to recover and get back to balance all on its own. You will start feeling better sooner rather than later if you choose to own your actions and savor them without regret or any negativity.

2. Breathe Intentionally

Yes, it’s true we all know how to breathe, but how many of us are actually being intentional about our breathing? Intentional breathing is vastly underrated and can actually be an incredibly powerful tool, especially in stressful situations. Long, slow, deep breaths activate the parasympathetic nervous system (rest and digest state) and turn off the sympathetic nervous system (fight or flight response), which signals to the body it is safe and can relax. How do you practice breathing with intention? It’s simple. Stop and take a few deep breaths, allowing your mind to clear and your body to relax. Slowly inhale for 4-5 counts, hold it for 4-5 counts, then slowly exhale for 4-5 counts. Aren’t you feeling relaxed already?

3. Try Essential Oils

As you practice breathing with intention, add in some soothing scents by incorporating essential oils like frankincense, geranium, lavender, lemongrass, peppermint, and sandalwood. Add a few drops into an essential oil diffuser and breathe deeply.

4. Indulge in Self Care

After all of the holiday indulgences, take some time to indulge in some self care practices. Consider bookending your morning and evening rituals with self care routines to help you decompress and reconnect with yourself, your body, and what’s most important to you. Turn off the TV, silence all of your devices and sit in the stillness. Try expressing gratitude, journaling, meditation or yoga. Anything that ultimately helps you feel grounded and centered from the inside out is the best form of self care.

5. Walk It Out

One of the simplest ways to get back on track after the holidays is to move your body. If heading outdoors for a run or dropping by the gym for a sweat session isn’t your jam, then walk it out. Walking for just 20-30 minutes a day can improve your mood and may even help trim your waistline. Don’t let the winter weather keep you indoors either. Layer up and head outside for some fresh air and sunshine. Your body will thank you later!

6. Step In an Infrared Sauna

Check out your local community and see if you can find an infrared sauna. Infrared is the type of light used to heat objects in the sauna as opposed to the air, which allows the body to sweat at lower temperatures. Infrared light penetrates deeper into the skin and can help you sweat out any toxins, which may help to leave your skin radiant and glowing. Check out these five tips on how to keep your skin looking its best and brightest this winter season.

7. Sleep

During the holiday season, many of us skimp on sleep so we can check everything off our to-do lists, which can leave us feeling frazzled and burnt out. Clocking 7-9 hours of quality sleep each night is crucial to optimal health, so get back to a normal sleep schedule as soon as possible. Turn off all devices one hour before bed (yes that includes the TV), turn the lights to a lower setting, or light some candles and indulge in some self-care practices to help you unwind. Setting yourself up for a solid night’s sleep will help you feel more like yourself post holidays. Need some help getting to sleep? Try a non-habit-forming supplement like melatonin to fall asleep easier.

Getting back on track after the holidays doesn’t have to be all about diet and exercise. Use these seven self-care tips to help you get back on track after the holidays season so you can get back to feeling more like yourself in the new year.

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