Healthy Holidays Tip 8 Rest

Healthy Holidays: Rest

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The decorations are up. The tree is lit. The gifts are wrapped (well, most of them anyway). Christmas week is finally here!!

Visiting with loved ones is truly the best part of the holiday season, but I’ve noticed that no matter how much planning and prepping I’ve done, I always seem to find one more thing to do and that can become the most exhausting part.

The last thing we want to do is let being tired take away from enjoying the week’s festivities. Happiness consists of getting enough sleep! 

Our next tip will help you stay well-rested for this week and beyond the holidays, too.

TIP #8 – REST

Make sure you are getting enough rest, especially during the peak of the holiday season when you are the busiest!

Sleep is an essential function that allows your body and mind to recharge. Without enough sleep, the brain cannot function properly.

Try to stick to your sleep routine, going to bed when you normally would. Key word here is try – I know it isn’t always possible with all the get-togethers going on right now.

If you’re feeling tired during your full days, find some time for a quick nap. A short 10-20 minute nap in the mid-afternoon can make you more alert, boost memory, lift your mood, and ease stress.

After a full day of holiday activities, you might just plop down on the couch when you get home and fall asleep right on the spot.

Other days, it might not be so easy to fall asleep with so many thoughts dancing in your head. You know, those little sugarplum fairies and whatnot. 

I like to practice meditation to calm my mind. Try a relaxation technique, like Nidra for joy or our Meditation & Mindfulness class. Not only will these things make you feel happier, but they will also relax your mind and allow you to get a more restful sleep.

Another trusty sleep aid is a nice, warm drink before bed, like a relaxing hot tea or my favorite golden milk. Not only is golden milk tasty, but it has many added health benefits. It is loaded with antioxidants which may contribute to a healthier brain and heart, stronger bones, and improved digestion. Check out the recipe below!

Golden Milk

Golden milk, also known as turmeric milk, is an Indian drink that has been gaining popularity in Western cultures.

It can be made ahead and stored in the fridge for up to 5 days. Just reheat when you want to have a cup!

Ingredients:

  • 1/2 cup unsweetened milk (cow milk or any plant-based milk of your choice)
  • 1 teaspoon of turmeric
  • 1 small piece of fresh grated ginger or 1/2 teaspoon of ginger powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon of cinnamon powder
  • 1 pinch of ground pepper
  • 1 teaspoon of honey or maple syrup (optional)

Directions:

  1. Simply mix all ingredients in a small saucepan or pot and bring to a boil.
  2. Reduce the heat and simmer for about 10-15 minutes.
  3. Strain the drink through a fine strainer into mugs and top with a pinch of cinnamon.

What is your favorite drink before you rest? Let us know in the comments!

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