The holidays are a whirlwind of excitement and joy, but the most magical time of the year can also bring stress, unhealthy habits and lack of sleep. The bounce back after a few weeks of overindulgence is all too cliche as people are making new year’s resolutions and goals for 2021. But before we plan for the long-term, we need progress now. What actionable, easy-to-do things can you do today to feel refreshed after the crazy holidays?
Here are five ways to gain energy, feel motivated and refresh your approach to wellness. Check these simple tasks off your list and you’ll be feeling better than ever and ready to start the year.
1. Do something for YOU now
Right now, wherever you are, do something for YOU. The holidays are a beautiful time of giving but January is time to reign it in and focus on you and your own self-care. Look inward and think: What do I need right now? Maybe it’s a few minutes of silence or you need time to turn off your brain while watching trashy TV (Below Deck? It’s our guilty pleasure too). The first step to feeling refreshed is to take back control. Listen to your gut and do one thing today that YOU want.
2. Get some fresh air
There’s nothing like Mother Nature to clear the air, literally. Go outside and get some fresh air. Even if you can only step onto your balcony or open a window, make it a point to breathe in crisp air and free your senses from the stuffy air trapped in your home. Fresh air is proven to make you feel better. Simply breathing fresh air improves mental focus and concentration, clears the lungs, lowers heart rate and blood pressure, and can even improve digestion. Walk, anyone?
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3. Eat with intention and purpose
Christmas cookies and champagne are delightful treats over the holidays, but to feel refreshed try to eat with purpose rather than pleasure. This doesn’t mean a diet or starving yourself of calories. Instead, shift your focus to see food as fuel for your body. Making more intentional, healthier choices will make you feel better throughout the day. And hey, if you want a cookie, go for it. Just make sure you're matching it with other healthy options.
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4. Boost nutrition with a new supplement
A balanced, more intentional diet will help you feel better, but sometimes a little boost can help too. Amp up your nutrition by introducing a new supplement like a vitamin or mineral you may lack or find mental balance with CBD oil - or both. CBD gummies host endless health benefits, and VIVI Natural’s range has mindfully crafted formulas for 24/7 wellness. The C-Sweet is power-packed with Vitamin C, a key contender for naturally heightening the body’s immune system, plus a superhero antioxidant combination. Catching Z’s is stacked with antioxidants and melatonin to promote better sleep and Daily Vivant provides your daily dose of multivitamins plus biotin to promote hair and nail growth.
5. Reevaluate your routines
Out with the old, in with the new, right? This month is the opportune time to reevaluate your everyday routines. Walk through your regular day moment by moment and note what brings you joy, what causes stress, what needs to be more productive, and what your ideal tasks would be. Once you’ve identified what can be different, start making small changes to your regime. With goals, it’s best to attempt small, easy-to-accomplish goals one at a time. If you shoot too high, you can be discouraged by failure. So focus on just one or two life aspects at a time and brace yourself for the long haul - and real change!