‘Tis the season to eat absolutely everything delicious (in moderation, of course). Vitamin-packed food will get you far when you’re doing 101 things and beginning to feel run down as a result. Making nourishing, well-balanced meals can be tricky when last minute engagements come up and you haven’t got time to get your usual food prep in. For the best of both worlds, make social plans around meals and, whether you’re dining in or out, pick dishes that will top up your energy levels; grains and greens will provide a much-needed boost.
Sip responsibly… If you’re feeling under the weather, swap cocktails for mocktails, hydrate before you caffeinate, and make soda and lime your new best friend.
Plan in a pause. Book time in with yourself as you would with a friend. It might be easier to plan a specific activity in order to do so; arrange a treatment, read a chapter of your book, do a little light meditation or spend time on a simple wellbeing practice to slow your heart and mind for a dedicated period of time. Short but frequent pauses will help you to reset, and face the festivities refreshed and more relaxed.
Get your Zzz’s. As my mum always says, sleep can help to heal almost anything. Plan in one or two nights a week that are intended for getting a good night of deep sleep (Tuesday and Wednesday have been working for me so far). Avoid alcohol on those days and switch off your an hour or so before bed to help you unwind, making your room nice and cosy with candles for a touch of indulgence all in the name of self-care.
Although none of these tips are groundbreaking (and most of them are just my mum’s words of wisdom), a little bit of each will help you to get through the next few weeks without running out of celebratory steam. The key is to be kind to yourself and to take a break when needed - you'll be up and performing your Dancing Queen routine again in no time...
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