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Surviving The Party Season – Our Three Step Self-Care Guide!

Posted on: 22.12.2018

We’re all guilty of packing our diaries a little too tightly over the Christmas period, making over-indulgence not just easily done, but firmly expected. So, when you’ve been burning the candle at both ends and feel in desperate need of some TLC, look no further than this handy guide of social-survival tips that’ll have you bouncing back in no time.

The Dreaded Hangover…

It’s the morning after the night before. Your mouth is dry, your head is pounding and you’re dreading the thought of last night’s dance floor display being evidenced on social media. Yep, you’ve woken up with the world’s worst hangover and you regret ever having stepped foot into the party last night. Did you really shimmy your way across the dancefloor? Dear God, I hope not… It’s time to fix this mess!

Step 1: FLUIDS

You need to get plenty of water down you, FAST. Dehydration is a major cause of the symptoms of a hangover, so don’t leave it too long before you grab yourself a drink. Adding some flavouring may help in more ways than one, such as a few cubes of fresh ginger to settle your stomach or a handful of blueberries to help fight inflammation. Green tea and coconut water are packed with antioxidants that will help to fight your hangover, and a fresh, green juice or a smoothy packed with fruit and veg will fuel your fatigued body.

Step 2: FOOD

Before you reach straight for the frying pan in your post-party despair, consider opting for something a little more nutritious that will actually help to alleviate your symptoms, rather than exacerbate them. Omega-3 rich salmon is excellent at decreasing inflammation and avocados help to raise lowered potassium levels. Leafy greens and brightly coloured vegetables are high in nutrients that will be diminished due to heavy drinking, helping your liver to cope with the excess of alcohol.

Step 3: REST

No doubt your feet are aching as much as your pride, so give yourself time to rest and recuperate before your next big bash. Turn down the lights if you’re feeling headachey and try to avoid places that will be busy or noisy. Enjoy a long soak in the bath. We know it might not feel like it now, but this feeling will pass.

The Common Cold…

You’ve finally caught what’s been going around for most of December that you tried oh-so-hard to avoid in the office. As always, it has hit at the most inconvenient of times and your life has now become an endless cycle of cough, sniffle, splutter, repeat. You completely took for granted being able to breathe properly through your nose a week ago and now your head feels like it’s going to explode. We need to tackle this head-cold head-on!

Step 1: FLUIDS

You’re going to be losing a lot of fluids whilst you’re coughing and sneezing your way through the day, so make sure to keep topping up as much as possible. Hot drinks can help to improve symptoms such as blocked noses and sore throats, so be sure to add honey and fresh lemons to your winter shopping lists, as well as your favourite herbal teas (and a box of Lemsip, of course!).

Step 2: FOOD

The healing qualities of a good, homemade chicken soup are not a myth. An easy source of vitamins, minerals and protein, alongside providing added fluids and electrolytes, it is a sure fire way to boost your immune system. Foods rich in Vitamin C in particular are important to have in abundance when you’re feeling stuffy, including citrus fruit, broccoli, tomatoes and butternut squash. This is the time to truly eat the rainbow!

Step 3: REST

Never underestimate the power of rest in aiding your recovery when fighting off a cold. Keeping warm and getting plenty of sleep will get you fighting fit again in no time, and avoid you passing your plague onto others. Grab your favourite book and wait this one out.

The Inevitable Exhaustion…

From Christmas shopping, to card dropping, to carol concerts, to making desserts, you’ve not stopped for breath this whole festive season! Having done nothing but rush around for the whole of December, you’ve figured you might as well be called Dash. Between one commitment and another you’ve finally admitted you’re doing too much and you swear you’ve never been this tired before. Bring out the fluffy pyjamas, rest is next on the agenda!

 

Step 1: FLUIDS

A warm, milky drink is the perfect accompaniment to snuggling on the sofa watching a film, or treating yourself to an early night and tucking up in bed. A mug of cocoa is festive, luxurious and will keep your body relaxed and calm ready to drift off into a peaceful slumber. If hot chocolate isn’t your thing, a hot cup of tea will work a treat. Just don’t forget the biscuits.

Step 2: FOOD

Wholegrains and complex carbohydrates can be helpful to eat before bed as they will keep you fuller for longer. Oats in particular are rich in vitamins, minerals and amino acids, which promote melatonin, a sleep-inducing hormone secreted naturally in our bodies. Nuts such as almonds or cashews are also a source of melatonin, and contain plenty of magnesium to naturally reduce muscle and nerve function while steadying your hearts rhythm, perfect for relaxing before bed.

Step 3: REST

When the burn-out arrives, it’s important to take action and look after yourself, both physically and mentally. A hot bubble bath with droplets of your favourite, soothing essential oils or Epsom salts will take care of both body and mind, calming the stresses and strains of this time of year whilst easing tired and aching muscles. It is important to keep skin moisturised through the cold weather, so regular face masks and night creams should become an important part of your skincare routine. Be sure to schedule nights-in into your calendar, where you plan to eat a hearty, home-cooked meal and catch up on some sleep. Don’t feel guilty about taking some you-time, without it you simply won’t be at your best at the next social event.

 

Words By Sophie Brentnall

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