Here are some great tips to help keep your wellness focus and stay healthy during this very busy season:
• Keep your workout/self-care schedule on track as much as you can. It will become very easy to find other things to do during the times that you normally take classes or work out...try to schedule around these important times. The farther off schedule we get, the more it effects our immune system, energy levels, and mental calm and clarity. If you are feeling over-whelmed, consider one of our restorative/gentle yoga classes to assist your being and body in finding it’s balance and peace.
• Eat before you go. If you’re heading out to dinner or a social event, eat something very healthy: high in lean protein, high in fiber, and low in sugar. Nourish your body well before you head out and you will find yourself feeling much more energized, less likely to want the low-nutrient-dense foods most parties have, and this, too, will keep your immune system strong.
• Drink plenty of water...and be sure to be getting in some trace minerals most especially magnesium. During this time of year, it gets much drier and with the cold we want to turn up our furnaces to stay warm. We need to stay hydrated and most people don’t feel the urge to drink because they are cold. Try drinking warmer water. Avoid drinks with caffeine which can be even more dehydrating...and, of course, so can alcohol. It is super common for people to get severe leg cramps and headaches in the winter just for this reason.
• Take deep, long breaths often...and let your exhales be long and feel like a sigh. When we exhale, we stimulate the parasympathetic nervous system which is the rest and digest phase of our autonomic nervous system. Also, spend some time lying flat on the floor or even in a comfy position on your right side. Right side lying tones the vagus nerve which is extremely important for our body to come out of and stay out of fight or flight.
• Even though it’s cold, get outside in nature and touch something in nature with your feet or hands... like the ground or a tree. Yes, tree hugging is a real thing and it has amazing effects on our vital organs and energy. Breathe in the outside air even if it’s just for a couple minutes.
• Try a daily gratitude journal. It may seem too simple to just write down that you are grateful for the breath you just took, the food you ate today, the ability to see the sky, or to have a friend that listens. It may be simple, but it sure is also powerful! I like to do mine in the morning to set the day off on the great, high vibration of gratitude but you could also try ending the day like that, too.
I cannot tell you all enough how honored I am to travel this amazing journey with you at this exact time and place. I wish you and all of your loved ones a joyous, miraculous, peaceful, and loving holiday season. May you feel deep in your heart that you are loved unconditionally and know that we, at essence, are so grateful to know you all.