If you feel exhausted by the summer heat especially during the Christmas period, then here a 5 Handy Hints to help you survive and thrive during our hot summer months by one of our wonderful Naturopaths, Jackie Ludwig.
- Get Your Greens
Green vegetables, especially your bitter green leafies help avoid that overfull feeling by supporting efficient digestion. It is simple to add a good handful to every meal you plate yourself and even your breakfast smoothie. Get your greens first, then try some of the delicious but rich potato bake or ‘that dish’ you have been hanging out for.
- Holy Hydration!
Did that get you excited thinking holy wine for hydration?
If you are enjoying a few indulgences at Christmas digesting these and eliminating waste from your body requires water.
Water is also very important for brain function – think concentration and memory.
So if you choose to consume alcohol, be mindful of how much you have, and drink a full glass of water between each drink (including soft drinks).
- Move It
This one can be hard to squeeze in, but you know your body will thank you for it when you do. Prioritise it. Get out for a 30-40min walk first thing every morning over the holidays – take the household if you wish – partners, kids, pets – getting moving will set you all up for a good day.
- Rest and/or Refresh
In the hustle and bustle of the festivities you may forget that this is your holiday, whether it’s a day or a couple of weeks. Even with numerous plans there are a few things you can do to help refresh
- Put your phone and computer away and be in the present
- Overestimate how long events and preparations will take so you don’t find yourself pushed to the limits constantly over the holidays
- Breathe – take time at least once a day to concentrate on breathing deeply. 20 breaths is a good start, but if you can do 10 minutes it will be great.
- Find something to be grateful for each day. This season is not always easy for everyone, so you may have to look a little harder some days, but it can be worth it.
- Don’t feel guilty if you want to have a rest day after a busy day of festivities. A no-plans day can be very refreshing.
- High hygiene basics
These couple of things can be forgotten in the busyness of holding an event, but they can help keep everyone well and thriving through the festive season.
- Keep your food cool if it needs to be kept cool – pack away when everyone has eaten (this can also reduce unnecessary picking at delicious food).
- Wash your hands well and often, and remind the kids to do so, especially before eating.
Ask Jackie next time you are in or make an appointment to see Jackie, and ask about other hints that will help you live life better.