Beating the holidays blues By Dr Rohit Kumar, Medical Director & Head of Surgery, Medeor 24X7 Hospital
Merriment and cheer are now in the air and people are preparing for what many consider as the happiest season of the year. While it is true that this is a season to be jolly, as how the song goes, holiday blues are also rife during the supposedly festive occasion. But you do not have to be gloomy. Resolve to beat the holiday woes this year with these simple, practical steps:
- Take a rest – Take an adequate amount of sleep to help prepare your body for the day ahead. Sufficient rest also energizes your body, giving you enough stamina to perform your chores.
- Consider the transition period –If you feel sad, recognize the emotion but do not dwell. Always remember that your feelings are fleeting and it will soon pass as you give yourself enough time to re-adjust for the day.
- Replenish –Drink lots of water after a heavy weekend of eating and drinking. It removes toxins from your liver and kidney. Also, make a commitment to live healthy starting today.
- Detoxify –Eat fresh fruits and vegetables. Reduce your intake of salt, sugar, and refined flour. Take early dinners to enable your system to digest the food before you go to sleep. Lastly, drink green tea or warm lemon water instead of sugary beverages.
- Nourish your soul and mind –Go for a hike, read a book in the sun, or go on a picnic with friends to enjoy mother nature’s beauty.
- Restrict your device usage – Restrict your use of electronic devices to reconnect with yourself.
- Seek connection– Stay connected with your friends, family, or even your pet. Disconnecting oneself is not good for the soul.
- Turn on the washing machine if you feel alone– Put all your dirty clothes into the washing machine to help re-start your mind. That way you’ll have one less chore to worry about.
- Plan ahead – Think positive things. Plan your next get-togethers with your friends and let yourself bask in that feeling of anticipation.
- Go out – Plan an outing or dinner or picnic with friends and family to stave off all the negative thoughts.
Self-love, nourishment, and mindfulness can do wonders to your well-being. It resets your body the right way to keep you going and for you to enjoy life again.
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