For many, the end-of-the-year holiday season is one of the best times of the year. With many holiday parties to attend, you can drink and eat the time away without realizing it. Fitness goals get put on the backburner as you lounge your way through Christmas and New Year’s. But weeks of indulging can take a toll on your mental and physical well-being, and you might find yourself returning to work with intense brain fog and a few extra pounds around your middle. Getting back on track post the winter holidays is a vital part of preparing yourself for what is to come in the year ahead and to ensure that you’re taking steady steps for change and progress in life. Here are five clever ways to getting back on track in the new year.
Nobody wants to overeat after the holidays, but it can be a difficult challenge to stay away from constant trays of delicious Christmas cookies and high calorie eggnog. Bring back any eating schedules or routines you were following prior to the holidays. Start with a clean slate and recharge yourself for all the work and stress that’s to come. The first few days without high doses of sugar and fat may be difficult, so drink enough water to keep yourself hydrated and stave off hunger pangs. If you’re stuck with brain fog and sluggishness through those first days of detox, try some natural brain boosters called nootropics that will pique your energy levels and clear your mind for a productive week back in the office.
2. Say goodbye to alcohol.
Not forever, of course! But resolve not to touch alcohol for at least a few weeks or even a few months. The benefits of doing this include enhanced will power, improved concentration, and reduced hunger. All your holiday bloat will disappear if you give up drinking in the beginning of the year and you will be more likely to have a highly productive start.
3. Pick up where you left off.
Forgetting your goals along with your fears and inhibitions is important for a good holiday. But once the new year kicks in, remember those goals and pick up where you paused. Decide how the year will help you achieve your goals and what you can do to accelerate the process. Write down your affirmations in a journal, or fill out a Yearly Compass. Measure your progress from last year and choose what’s important for the year to come.
4. Let there be light.
Filling your days with abundant natural light is a very positive way to start the year. Each morning, draw back your curtains and let the piercing bright light of the sun into your home or office. Your eyes will be grateful after enduring hours of staring at screens with damaging artificial light. Natural light is the best brain activator and will instantly increase your energy levels as well as help you sleep better in the evenings. Being high on energy is crucial if you expect to achieve lots of feats throughout the year.
5. Make water and sleep the foundation for a fantastic year.
You may be guilty of depriving your body of necessary fluids and of staying awake all night. But in the New Year, resolve to correct your mistakes by awarding your body eight hours of uninterrupted sleep and more than enough water every day for the rest of the year. You will see massive changes in your vigour and vitality by doing this. Abundant hydration and sleep immediately improve your lifestyle and energy levels, which lead to significant progress in every area of your life.