Thursday, 25 December 2014

Winter Wind Down/ Repair 10 easy steps

Normally at this time of year we all sit down on our sofas and breath a huge sigh of relief that the jobs are done for the year.

If your like me though I often get run down at this time of year and catch colds and flus.
I've been working flat out up to now so as I sit here and type, I'm feeling particularly knackered and ill!
But I've also got my 1 year old asleep on me, she is awful cute. I've really enjoyed my day with her. Any way I digress!
I've compiled a bullet point list of what to do if your feeling burnt out or under the weather at this time of year. Some of them are common sense and other ones might not be so.

So get yourself ready for Go again with these few tips

  • If your feeling drained or unwell acknowledge the feeling. Too many times we feel this way but pass it off or push ourselves through it with Caffeine or other stimulants. You might just need a few days of not doing much to repair and recover your strength. Handful of rest better than hard work?
  • In order to repair yourself your going to have to get some quality sleep. This time of year the evenings are getting darker and for good reason. It's the time of year for our bodies to rest from the hard labour of the year and get some needed sleep. To get good sleep you need to get down to bed early, and before you go to bed avoid bright lights, caffeine and alcohol. Yes avoid the drink. You may think that you are sleeping soundly after a drink but your not. Not in the deep repair stage of sleep anyway. Try to get a minimum of 8 hours at this time.
  • Get some sun when you can. You might be off of work for a few days, and you may stay indoors for most of the time. But the second that you see some sunshine, however brief it is these days, go out and grab some in a hurry. Even ten minutes can be enough for you to get your daily quota of Vitamin D.This is essential for repair!
  • Focus on the quality of your food. Sure enough fast food and sweets are all the rage over the holidays but really they do you no favors. You may even feel that you need that extra boost of the sweets. But avoid if you can, sugar is a known anti-nutrient, the same as grains. Try to have extra servings of vegetables with your meals.
  • Ditch the soft drinks that only add to inflammation and instead drink tons of water. This will help clean and renew your blood and your system.
  • IF you know of something that your allergic to, whether that is gluten or eggs or something of the like, avoid these strictly if your looking to repair yourself. The last thing that your immune system needs is to fight another "infection". 
  • Remember those expensive vitamins and even magnesium tablets that you have in the kitchen that you've not taken for a month or two? Start on them again. This will help give your immune system the help it needs. Even better if you can get it all from your food but most of us can't these days and that's why it can be important to supplement.
  • Get some gentle exercise. Try some walking for even half an hour and see how the cobwebs are shaken away and you can get a Dopamine hit from your exercise. As this is a repair guide Id recommend only light exercise at this stage. We want you stronger and not weaker. 
  • Have a good laugh. Whether that's with friends of family try to have a good time. Scientists have found huge benefits to this.
  • Use some of your quiet time for some deep relaxing. Whether this be mindfulness or some other practise. Enjoy the quiet times and don;t fill it with distractions

I hope that you can use some of these tips to the road to recovery. This time of year really is for this repair, before the evenings get longer and we start getting busy again. 

Good health to you!

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