What follows are the practices I use to stay in balance during the holidays. I hope you’ll find something supportive here. If you have questions or need a little 1-1 support, please reach out to Shannon@livingintobalance.com and we can take 15 minutes to talk by zoom or phone about your specific issue, and I’ll offer 1 or 2 things to help you out.
Ok, here you go…
Stay hydrated: carry a thermos of hot water with you and sip it throughout the day. Hot water is gently detoxifying, opens the subtle pathways, keeps you warm and stimulates digestion. Sipping water is an effective way to hydrate, vs. chugging which tends to make one pee a lot. Add a few slices of fresh ginger root to support circulation, stimulate digestion and keep your lungs clear.
Sit down for meals instead of grazing throughout the day: stay nourished with good food in the form of 2 -3 meals a day. Snacking between meals causes indigestion and worse. If you want something between meals, have some herbal tea. If you must snack, eat a piece of fruit.
After over-indulging, wait to eat the following day: after a big night, chances are you won’t be hungry for breakfast. Skip it. Sip hot water or hot herbal tea instead and wait for your appetite to return. This simple practice allows your body to deal with the excess easily. When your hunger returns, eat something easy to digest like vegetable-soup (add a little meat if you like) or kitchari.
Get outdoors: Savor the season by getting outdoors, no matter the weather, and connect with the elements around you and the gifts of the seasonal shifts: bare trees, cool air, bright skies when they're visible, more darkness.
Get to bed: hit your normal bedtime most nights and save your late nights for a few special occasions. Getting off rhythm with sleep is one of the most debilitating experiences after a certain age (you know what I mean). Prioritize good sleep and quality down time on a regular basis.
Joy to the world, and may your holidays be bright!