The holiday season can be tough on us! Parties, traveling, and lots and lots of rich foods put stress on our bodies and mental well being. And in much of the world the cold weather stacks insult onto injury by bringing the season of sickness via flu, colds, and sinus mayhem.
So now that the world hasn’t ended and the ball has dropped, it might be a good time to recalibrate your diet, mind, and exercise routine so that you can more efficiently reach those resolutions! So here is a brief guide to getting these 3 areas of wellness (diet, routine, mind) back on track.
1. Reset the routine
Step 1 to getting back on track is to dump the guilt! Sure you drank enough wine to keep most waterfalls flowing for a few days, but don’t let that drag on you. Spend that self-loathing energy on something productive instead, such as step 2, reevaluating your ambitions and goals.
That, after all, is the point of the New Year’s resolution. Construct a healthy hurdle for yourself and then jump! But not all at once! The most common mistake to jumping back into a routine is to run full steam into injury.
Take your time with it, ease into your practice with a lighter-weight version of whatever you like to do. Hatha instead of Bikram, 1 mile instead of 5. The point is to not sabotage your reintroduction with unnecessary injury.
Step 3, stop making excuses and strap on your tennis shoes or get on your mat! My fisherman husband likes to say that you can’t catch a fish when your line isn’t wet. Same thing applies here: you can’t do yoga without….well, doing yoga (I can’t find a perfect analog to the fish metaphor). Anyway, you know how this goes. Don’t procrastinate! Find time today.
2. Detox the body
So you ate half a cheese cake and drank a whole bottle of Chardonnay….really? For many reasons, family included, we exit the holidays with a stressed liver and extended waistline. January is the hangover month, the time that we all take to reset our diets back to healthy. It’s a time to cleanse!
There are more detoxes and fasts and cleanses out there than you can shake a stick at! In order from easier to harder, here are a few of the popular, general-purpose, choices:
3. Cleanse the mind
Sure it’s nice to have a full life; one that’s chalked to the brim with friends, family, hobbies, work, work, and some work. But like the effects of an over-rich diet, at some point your mind will need a bigger head to fit in all that stuff. So while the scientists work on that, we need to live with our noggins and purge the mind every so often.
The first step to cleanse the mind is to cleanse the body (see above). No, but really! Many studies are coming out saying that cleansing the physical can cleanse the spiritual. Check out the article Rites and Rituals Help Cleanse the Mind by Rick Nauert. Here’s a gem from it:
So after a bit of scrubbing, there are some simple tricks to keeping the noise at bay.
Limit social interaction for a bit. This could include email, phone, and of course social media.
Limit media consumption as well, including tv. Especially stay away from news!
Take a walk. Generally, a walk is the best medicine for me to clear my head. It acts like meditation in that it allows me to get into a groove of consciousness that does a good job at pushing out external thoughts and emotions.
Meditate. Take the time to be still and quite. Let your mind scream until it does no more.