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!
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.
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.
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.
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