Well, we’re a week into the new year and hopefully your New Years Goals are holding up thus far! It’s the time of year we all work a little harder to get well and healthy – and rightfully so! After all those cookies and cakes and bottles of wine, I know my body is screaming at me to move and eat lettuce!
Unfortunately, this is also the time of year when a lot of us fall ill to colds, flu and other nasty bugs. And no wonder – after a month of treats and too much alcohol, I’m sure most of our immune systems are struggling! Don’t get me wrong – I loved seeing all my family and friends and eating all those rich, decadent meals. What I don’t love is feeling achy and coughing up a lung.
So, to help you feel your best this January, here a few recommendations for keeping well in the new year:
- Get lots of rest! This means setting a bed time and sticking to it. That’s right – go to bed by 10:30PM and get a solid 8 hours of sleep. Your body needs time to repair itself and this is when it gets that opportunity.
- Eat your vegetables. I know, I know. Winter vegetables don’t exactly scream excitement – at least not in the same way that Summer ones do – but there are some pretty incredible things you can do with nutrient rich veggies like beets, carrots, brussel sprouts, oranges and even cabbage!
- Dress appropriately. Bundle up if you’re in a cold climate, wear supportive shoes, be sure to have a sweater handy. You want your body to feel comfortable so it has the least amount of stress on it as possible.
- Move it. This is a part of many of our new years goals – to exercise more. Okay, great. Now do it. For your body and mind to function optimally, it needs to get worked. Stretch those muscles and make a point to get your heart rate up. Plus, you’ll sleep better! (see point A).
- Drink plenty of water. And by plenty, I mean almost enough that you’re ready to explode. Aim for 8 full glasses a day. Every time you get up off the couch or from your desk, chug a glass back. Not only will this make you feel better, but your brain and body can work properly when they’re lubricated AND you’ll wash out all the remaining holiday toxins and bugs that linger in a dry belly.
- Love well. Being kind and showing your co-workers, friends and neighbors how much you care for them does wonders for the spirit and if Christmas has taught us anything, it’s that the a well fed spirit makes for a well fed body.
Speaking of loving well, one way you can show those you care is with a get well soon gift basket! Not only will sending a basket loaded with amazing treats like cookies, coffee and snack mixes make you feel better, but wishing someone you care about a speedy recovery – while they get to enjoy cheese, crackers and sweet popcorn – makes them feel pretty good too.
Sharing is caring, after all. So why not show your friends, family or co-workers that you’re thinking of them in their time of need, by gifting them A Tasteful Gift basket? Wish them well as we wish you well, in this new year! Here’s to a happy and healthy 2014!