During this time of year it is easy to become stressed and overwhelmed. When we find ourselves stressed or in sympathetic dominance (i.e., fight or flight mode) we are wreaking havoc on our hormones, hindering digestion, and creating an optimal environment for inflammation. It is the low grade systemic inflammation that contributes to chronic conditions (e.g, cardiovascular disease, autoimmune conditions, cancer, etc.). Below are a few tips to help you stay healthy during this festive and busy time of year.
- Incorporate exercise regularly. If you don’t have time for your full workout, even 10-20 minutes of elevated heart rate (e.g., brisk walk, jumping jacks, push- ups, squats, etc.) can have both physical and emotional benefits.
- Get a minimum of 7 hours of sleep, 8 is even better. Turn off your screens (phones, computers, TVs, tablets) at least 60 minutes before bed. Take an Epsom salt bath, or grab a warm cup of herbal tea and a book to help you wind down.
- Stay hydrated. Water makes up 70% of our bodies and has many roles- aids digestion, regulates body temperature, carries nutrients to our cells, and flushes away toxins.
- Take time for yourself. Activities will vary depending upon the individual. Are you an introvert or an extrovert? What will feed YOUR soul? Catching up with a friend, skiing, meditating, reading, writing, hiking, or even cooking a meal to share with loved ones.