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December 3, 2016

 

How frustrating is it when you are trying to enjoy the festive season but really all you want to do is go and curl up in bed with a hot water bottle and hide from the world!

 

So many of us spend so much of our time and energy rushing around at this time of year that it can leave us feeling depleted and often we get colds, flu, headaches and just generally feel a bit under the weather.

 

Well that’s enough of that because Christmas is supposed to be enjoyable! Time for us to do what we can to avoid the winter lurgies.

 

Let’s look after ourselves as well as looking after everyone else.

 

Here are a few things we need to concentrate on:

 

QUALITY SLEEP

Even though it is a hectic time of year please do try and prioritise yourself as well by ensuring you can get 7-8 hours sleep a night. This is easier said than done of course but illness creeps in when we are sleep deprived.

Try herbal teas such as chamomile or lemon balm before bed, bananas are also great to munch in the eve or try a warm milky drink as they are rich in the amino acid tryptophan which can help you unwind.

Another lush and easy thing to try is an aromatherapy bath, try adding six drops of lavender and two drops each of roman chamomile, valerian and neroli to make your bath deeply relaxing and soothing. (That’s if the kids, hubby, wife, cat, dog let you have enough time to have a bath!)

 

KEEPING HYDRATED

If we are dehydrated we are much more prone to illness, there is a decrease in digestive efficiency and our mucus membranes dry out.

Really do try to keep your water intake up and if you can have some hot water with fresh ginger and lemon that’s fantastic for you. ( I also always feel quite smug and ultra healthy when i do this- try it!).

 

DE-STRESSING

When we are stressed and burnt out the cortisol levels in our bloodstream are increased which can lead to fatigue, illness and insomnia.

If you can, introduce daily calm into your day, even if it’s only for a few minutes by the means of aromatherapy, reflexology, massage or meditation. Check out our blog on how to deal with Christmas stress for some great tips on how to use aromatherapy and reflexology at home to chill.

 

KEEP MOVING!

Oh  my gosh how easy is it to hibernate in the winter? I end up on the sofa watching TV I don’t even like! (I watched Top Gear the other day…..)

Well, of course this doesn’t help us fight off illness. Just getting out and having a brisk walk will boost your body’s production of germ fighting neutrophils (our white blood cells) which increases your immunity.

 

EAT WELL

When we are knackered our central nervous system has to work much harder so let’s try and support it. You can do this so simply by:

  • eating plenty of fruit and veg to keep up your levels of vitamin C, falovonoids and antioxidants

  • -eating immune supporting herbs and spices such as ginger, garlic, and tumeric

  • Eating fatty acids which are essential for good brain function (I’m in need) and help with consistent energy levels and hormone balance.

 

So I think we can all incorporate at least a few of these concepts, and hopefully keep the winter lurgies at bay so we can have a happy, healthy festive season.

 

And, alternatively if you can’t be bothered with any of it and want an escape even if only momentarily you can come and book in with us for a blissful relaxation treatment!!

 

Try not to get your baubles in a twist and remember it is only 1 day!!

 

 

Lots of love and festive regards,

 

Kirst XXX

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