December. The month of indulging before a new year of drudging.
Do you skip a few days at the gym and overindulge in sweets? Or turn off your electronics and swear off Facebook for a while?
Whatever tonic you pick, it only takes a few eggnogs and that extra helping of figgy pudding to get your mind and body begging for your old routine.
However, if you have a track record of giving up on resolutions before you can say New Year’s Resolution (and who doesn’t?), then setting goals this early may seem futile.
But don’t give up just yet.
While Rome wasn’t built in a day, some resolutions can be. Before you power down your thinking cap for the holidays, check out these quick-to-implement ideas for bringing balance back to your life in the New Year.
Boost Your Morning with Intention
Before you jump back into the grind, schedule a morning meditation session to set the tone for the day and stay focused, organized, and optimistic.
Jot down your intentions. What do you want to accomplish? How would you like your day to go? How would you like to feel? Make a list and set deadlines for the day, week, and month so you avoid procrastination.
Drink Up! (Water, Of Course)
While in relaxation mode, you probably deprived your body of hydration—yeah, those eggnogs we talked about.
Keep bottled water by your side today. And check out the app called Waterlogged for tracking your consumption levels.
The extra hydration will cleanse toxins from your body, boost your energy, and ease any lasting headaches.
Cut Yourself Some Slack
If you feel bloated and behind deadline, it’s easy to regret letting loose during the holidays.
But your body, mind, and spirit needed that rest and camaraderie. And now you can attack the year with renewed zest.
When the guilt starts to sink in, write thank you notes for reminding yourself why you chose to slack in the first place—also gratitude boosts positivity.
Then schedule a few fun activities for January. Go on a date night to a Memphis Grizzlies game or check out one of Memphis’ newest restaurants like Char on Highland Avenue.
Just because you had extra relaxation in December, doesn’t mean you don’t need it again in January.
De-bloat by Eating…Right
Speaking of bloat, skip the greasy lunch and dessert today. Opt instead for foods that fight off a puffed out belly from over-eating. Here are a few options:
Wind Down with a Detox Bath
You’ve treated yourself to mindfulness, recharged your energy levels, and reset your diet.
Before heading to bed for a good night’s sleep, treat yourself to a detox bath.
What You Need:
½ cup of baking soda
4 T of ground ginger (more or less depending on your tolerance)
1 cup of Epsom Salt
5-10 drops of your favorite essential oil (optional)
Fill the bathtub with hot water—as hot as you can tolerate. Mix in the ingredients and give it a few stirs. Soak for about 15 to 20 minutes.
All right, one day down and only 364 to go. By starting January 1st off on the right foot with easy goals, you can be more intentional and purposeful about your resolutions for the rest of the year.