Holiday season is in full swing now! This is a definitely an exciting and happy time of year, but the holidays can also bring up a lot of emotions for many people — and just maybe some stresses as well!
One thing that can feel out of our control during the holiday season is our health. As always, I’m referring to health on all levels— mental, emotional, and physical. Today I have a post for you all outlining a few things that I like to do for mind, body, and soul balance in a period of the year that has the potential to knock everything out of whack.
Perhaps you are starting some kind of detox as we speak, following some Thanksgiving indulgences in the past few days. #same. Look no further! Here are my four tips to get you (and myself!) back on track and stay there for the rest of the season!
1. Start your day with some warm water and lemon
The importance of this one simple practice cannot be overstated. I dedicated a whole post about a year ago to the many benefits of drinking hot water with lemon each morning, but I am happy to reiterate here because I believe in it so much! Around the holidays, I’ll often have several cups of warm water with lemon to help digest all the big meals.
In our overall health goal to reach a more alkaline pH level, lemon juice is an amazing way to get a quick and easy alkaline boost! Warm water is very cleansing and easy to process, and mixed with the juice of half a lemon, provides the all natural detox your body needs every morning to prepare for the day. Taking in an alkaline source first thing in the morning also lays the groundwork in your digestive tract for the rest of the day.
I recommend giving it a go for a week and evaluating the benefits for yourself! 🙂
2. Add some kind of relaxing practice to your daily routine such as…
meditation or yoga. And I don’t mean you need to commit to an hour of meditating or a whole yoga class every day. Lately I have been doing a couple downward facing dog poses and other simple stretches in the morning and I’m feeling like it helps balance me before the day even begins.
Another idea is just sitting and breathing for a moment — no screens of any kind allowed!
It’s also nice to have a routine to count on — something to always fall back on to return to a state of balance.
3. Incorporate more raw fruits and vegetables
Another easy way to offset an “unhealthy” or heavy meal is to eat more raw fruits and vegetables prior. Eating these alkaline foods eases digestion tremendously by providing a bunch of healthy fiber before tackling the digestion of a big meal. Even just a few sticks of celery can make a difference.
4. Get outside a little bit each day
This may sound like a cliché suggestion, but being outside and breathing fresh air is extremely beneficial on all levels. Whether that’s a workout outside, or just a short walk, I strongly believe that nature has a way of resetting us. Getting fresh oxygen into our lungs has countless benefits, but beyond just physically, getting outdoors can re-center your emotional body as well. Whenever I’m frustrated or stressed (which can happen over the holidays…) I just go outside for a walk and some deep breaths.
Let me know what you guys think about my suggestions and any other things that you like to do to make it through the season nice and balanced. 🙂