The post Christmas detox for the mind and body

Christmas can be a magical time of the year where we can spend time with those we love, indulge in all of our favourite foods and drinks and take a step back and give ourselves a break.

However, it does tend to end up in us over-indulging and then when Christmas is over we all make ourselves feel bad and tell ourselves that “im going to set myself new health goals” or “I am going to eat much more healthier this year” and to be honest most of these never actually happen.

However, I cannot stress enough how important it is to have that post Christmas detox. There are many benefits of this on your overall health, your immune system and to just kick-start your health into the new year in the best way.

The importance of the post Christmas detox!

Not only are there many benefits to our gut health to having that post Christmas detox but it is also beneficial for our well-being and mental health too. Let’s get into some of the important points of that Christmas detox!

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Reset your gut

Firstly, of course after indulging in food, drinks and just having a pretty good time for a few days or even a couple of weeks (if you are lucky to have the time off over Christmas) this can cause stress on our gut micro-biome. You might be thinking “the what biome”. Basically the gut micro-biome plays an important role in our nutrient and mineral absorption. There is a lot more to it but I will leave the science lesson there for today.

Cleansing our body of all of these things we have been indulging in will help to repair and reset your gut so it can function happily and healthily again.

Improve energy levels

I know that when I eat crap for a few days I feel horrible. My body hates me, my energy levels are low and I feel overall sluggish.

These are definitely things I feel over the Christmas period too. But once you start that post detox you will notice an improvement in your concentration, motivation, your energy levels, how you are sleeping and you will just overall feel better.

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Skin

The effects on my skin after indulging in those naughty foods is also not great. My skin ends up hating me and if it had a voice it would be telling me “I need a break”. It is important to keep up that skincare routine anyway, but when you are eating foods that are “bad” it still will have a negative influence on your skin.

So if you have neglected that skincare routine whilst you dived head first in all things Turkey and party food then definitely bring that back. Your skin will be grateful and you will feel so much better.

Exercise

I know I mention exercise all the time you are probably all shouting at the screen “stop Gemma please”. But trust me it is for your own good. I am not telling you to go run a marathon, climb Mount Everest or to dive into the sea. I am just saying simply get that body moving from the sofa that you may leave a bum imprint on from not moving over Christmas.

Take yourself for a walk, do some yoga or light exercises, go swimming (if you can in your area) just anything small and manageable to work yourself back into moving your body post Christmas. It could even be as simple as walking to work (if that is doable for your journey).

These simple measures will all help you to get back into that routine, and you can eventually build it up to introducing longer walks, running, or HIIT workouts into your life. When it comes to it never hesitate always do it now.

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Detox the mind

In a typical year there would be a lot of partying, gatherings to attend, people to see and even just going out buying presents. However, just because half of these things are not happening this year does not mean that your mind is at rest.

There could be a lot of worries or stresses (whether that be about finances, family or jobs etc) over the Christmas period and once this is over make sure you take the time to relax your mind. That could spending time in the morning meditating, sitting down reading a book, going for a walk. Spend that time by yourself and focus on relaxing your mind and releasing all those negative stresses from the Christmas period. Just let it all go and free your mind.

Set yourself realistic goals

Of course a new year begins and we are focusing on our detox and we all want to set ourselves goals for the year (or for January). However, these all fail for many reasons including them not being very realistic and so you are just setting yourself up for failure.

Interestingly much research and psychological studies have suggested that if we our setting ourselves a target of going to the gym 6 times a week but we only manage 3 times then we automatically see it as a fail. This then influences you not wanting to go the following week at all. If we changed that mind-set and saw that going to the gym 3 times that week was 3 times more than the previous week then this would keep you motivated and more engaged to keep going.

However, it is important to remember as it’s a detox and you have potentially gone from doing nothing over the Christmas period it is better to set yourself a goal of going to the gym 2-3 times instead. This is still an amazing goal, and you can work up towards that 6 days a week once you have got yourself back into a routine again.

Many goals are not just fitness or health related ones either. But this can apply to all goals we want to set ourselves, just make sure they are realistic. Also remember not just to hit the ground running and try to do all your goals, but slow down and build up and work up to achieving the goals (you have all year, unless you have set a short term goal). Remember to have some downtime too.

This is the post Christmas detox for your mind and body guide and I hope you find it useful as you begin your fabulous year of 2021.

2021 is the time for no fear and diving head first into all the things we are unsure of. If 2020 taught us anything it is to make the most and do all the things we keep putting off (well as much as we can with restrictions).

What are you doing to kick start your 2021 and post Christmas detox?

Thanks for reading,

Gemma Jayne x

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34 thoughts

  1. I must admit I love ths post Christmas detox! I’ve drank a lot more than I should have this year with the lockdown so my main thing will be to cut back! Xz

    1. Thank you so much! I agree I think a lot more people have drunk more during lockdown ๐Ÿ˜Š I donโ€™t drink much anymore anyway but over Christmas I tend to have a couple xx

  2. I really liked reading this and it actually made me think that I’m not going to do a Christmas detox. Due to the pandemic, I’ve actually kicked old habits this year! I don’t drink alcohol anymore, I workout 4-5 times a week and I’ve been eating healthier too! This post reminded me how far I’ve come xo hoping to continue throughout 2021!

  3. Really liked your Christmas Detox Ideas. One must apply it during Christmas holidays to stay happy and healthy.

  4. I do actually really enjoy detoxing after Christmas and starting to be less sluggish. I’m hoping to try a bit of running after Christmas to really kick-start my fitness in the New Year. Thanks for sharing.

    Tash – A Girl with a View

  5. This is such a great post. Iโ€™m the same with exercise, Iโ€™m always banging on about it, but it makes such a difference to your headspace. And while itโ€™s nice to eat rubbish for a few days you do start to feel sluggish if you do it for too long. Iโ€™m going to start thinking of some goals for next year…

    1. Thank you so much! Yeah it definitely does make a difference. I took myself for a run yesterday on Boxing Day and it made such a difference ๐Ÿ˜Š good luck with your goals!

  6. Great post! Although we ate fairly healthy this year, my body can definitely use some extra veggies and fruits to combat the sugar! And my mind could use some peace, so Iโ€™ll definitely try a detox period now.

  7. This is a brilliant post. I need to detox my mind almost more than my body and believe me, my body needs an overhaul!

    Christmas and this year in general has really taken its toll on me, I feel like I did after losing my Mum. Lost, empty and broken if Iโ€™m honest. I need to make some changes and this has really given me a boost x

    1. Thank you so much! I definitely think a detox really does help both the mind and body.

      Bless you, so sorry for the loss- sending all my love to you and your family! ๐Ÿ’š you got this xxx

  8. I love this, I was sat thinking yesterday actually I need a boost. I brought lots of fruit today and a nice face mask. I plan to have a complete pamper day. My daughter also loves yoga haha she is 5 and I may get into it myself tbh.

    1. Thank you so much! Good luck with the running and I hope that first run went well ๐Ÿ™‚ it is always hard and I always struggle with that first run after not running for a while! x

  9. This is such an interesting post. It definitely feels like a good idea. Although this year I didnโ€™t over indulge as I physically couldnโ€™t eat very much which sucked ha ha! Thank you for sharing this post.

  10. Great post! I don’t feel like I indulged quite as much this year as usual but after a New Years Eve Dominos Pizza last night I’m definitely feeling it today! Can’t wait to eat some veggies today xD

    1. Thank you so much! Yeah I think everyone is feeling a bit different this time around. I am the same after having a takeaway I get so excited for the veggies haha! xD xx

  11. Going back to eating healthy and doing some skincare usually goes pretty automatically for me, but resetting my mind is the bigger challenge! Especially this year, I feel a bit stuck and I need to find myself some goals to get myself further, thank you for giving me ways to start with ๐Ÿ˜Š

    1. I am the same eating and skincare is all good with me because I love it!
      I understand that and definitely agree with you there. I love setting myself goals because they just give me something to work towards and look forward too ๐Ÿ™‚ I am glad it helped in some way! Happy 2021 lovely xx

  12. Some great advice here. I always feel a bit sluggish after Christmas from all the indulgence and lack of exercise. So it is nice to get back into a healthier routine. I managed to keep up my skincare routine and Iโ€™m so pleased I did! I totally agree with starting slow and setting realistic goals, you donโ€™t want to end up feeling like a failure because you set your expectations too high.

    1. Thank you so much! I couldn’t agree more, it is so hard after Christmas and it doesn’t help with the darker, colder and wetter days during these months. That is great! I also managed to do my skincare because it definitely needs it during this time haha.
      Slow and steady is the way to go! Thanks xxx

    1. I think we definitely need to keep in mind what we do over the holiday’s but also make sure we enjoy ourselves and look after our mind and body. I am glad you had a great Christmas detox! Happy 2021 xx

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