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6 Simple Steps to Get Back on Track After the Holidays

We love the holidays! Between the decorations, the good food and seeing family and friends, we love all things Christmas, but the one thing we do not like is how we feel after the festivities. Late nights, libations and too many Christmas cookies may leave many of use feeling tired, sluggish, and plain old “meh.” Today, we are offering six easy tips to get you back on track after the holidays.

#1 Don’t Beat Yourself Up.

“Why did I have that second glass of champagne? Did I really need to try one of every Christmas cookie?” (Insert sigh here). We all do it! We tend to beat ourselves up after over indulging, but research has found that beating ourselves up over past events is not effective. Instead of self-loathing from the night before, wake up and acknowledge how you feel, but don’t dwell on it. You had a wonderful time celebrating the season, but today is a new day, so move on!

#2 Get Back to a Routine.

It’s nice to get out of town for a weekend away, but there is always something about getting back home and returning to a normal routine. There is something calming and comforting to a routine, so get back at it as soon as possible! Whether it’s waking up early, getting in a daily workout or practicing morning meditation, return to your regular routine. Your body will thank you later!

#3 Catch Some ZZZ’s.

It may be tempting to sleep in late, but try and get up at your regular time and get to bed earlier in the evening. Turn off the TV an hour before bed, power down devices and start getting ready for bed with a relaxing nighttime routine. Some of our favorites include dry brushing, taking a hot bubble bath, curling up with a good book, light stretching or doing some deep breathing exercises.

#4 Drink Water.

This one may seem obvious, but counteracting all of the Christmas cocktails, salty sides, and sugary sweets with water is one of the best things you can do for yourself and your body. We recommend carrying a water bottle with you throughout the day so you can squeeze in sips no matter where you are. Remember, dehydration can mask itself as thirst, so if you feel yourself getting hungry, take a sip of water first!

#5 Eat Mindfully.

You may be tempted to indulge in all of those holiday leftovers, but be mindful of your meals. Dive into the platter of leftover turkey, but pair it with a side of fresh vegetables instead of Dad’s double loaded potatoes leftover from the night before.

#6 Swap Sugar.

After indulging in sweet treats, your sugar cravings may be at an all time high. Instead of face planting into the Christmas cookies, opt for sweeter vegetables like sweet potatoes, sauteed onions and roasted carrots. Besides treating your sweet tooth to some healthier options, you will also be receiving a dose of vitamins and minerals. Plus, vegetables have more fiber, so you will feel fuller longer!

The holidays only come around once a year, so be sure to savor each and every holiday party, Christmas cookie and conversation, and then get back to your healthy lifestyle as soon as you can. Happy holidays everyone!

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