Simple Mills Offers Simple Steps for Self-Care
There’s always a need for some self-care after a busy holiday season, which is why Simple Mills is sharing eight simple steps to feeling great after the hectic holidays.
#1 Shift Your Mindset.
If you have chosen to indulge over the holidays, that’s okay! Sometimes, eating something we usually don’t can leave us feeling guilty, instead, be gentle with yourself. Trust your body will recover and allow yourself to let go of the negative vibes. You and your body will bounce back much more quickly if you can cut yourself some slack.
#2 Nurture Yourself.
Set aside time for self-care. Whether you wake up 15 minutes early or take 20 minutes during the middle of the day, take some time to decompress and reconnect with yourself. Some of our favorites include curling up with a hot cup of fair trade coffee or herbal tea first thing in the morning before the day begins, spending some time in the kitchen making a healthy snack and ending the day paging through a batch of new recipes to try out with family and friends.
#3 Enhance Your Water.
Feeling bloated from all those holiday meals? Start your day with a warm mug of lemon water. Water will help flush out any excess sodium, and the fresh lemon juice will alkalize your body. If you don’t like the taste of lemon try peppermint tea, green tea, fennel tea or ginger. All of these herbs will help soothe your digestive system.
#4 Eat Your Veggies.
If you found yourself spending too much time at the dessert table during the holidays, try incorporating sweet vegetables like roasted carrots, sweet potatoes, and sauteed onions. These substitutes can help curb any sweet tooth cravings that may be lingering. Also, be sure to eat lots of green vegetables like spinach, kale and collard greens. These nutrient-dense vegetables are high in vitamins, minerals, and fiber and will help keep you satiated until your next meal.
#5 Make Time to Move.
Busy schedule? Yeah, us too. If getting back to your workouts at the gym or attending your favorite class on the weekends is proving to be tough, find some time to move! Spend some time outside getting your garden ready for all of the fresh herbs and vegetables you plan on planting this year. Grab your favorite step-tracking device before you head out to the grocery store, and see how many steps you can get in while you meal prep. You may be surprised how many steps you take moving around your kitchen making a meal. Small movements add up!
#6 Listen to Your Body.
Although movement matters, remember to listen to your body. It’s easy to hibernate during the cold winter months, so if your body prefers to stay indoors and take it easy, do that instead. Spend some time getting lost in that new book you got over the holidays, research a new cooking technique you have always wanted to try or spend some time organizing your kitchen so you can be more efficient when cooking for guests.
#7 Smell all the Smells.
Essential oils have a lot of healing power behind their scents, but remember to use a carrier oil when using essential oils. Peppermint oil is incredibly soothing, lavender is relaxing and lemongrass eases inflammation. Pick your favorite scent and rub some on your temples and wrists and enjoy the scent of essential oils all day long. Can’t beat the holiday bloat? Try rubbing some peppermint oil on your stomach to help with inflammation. You can also use geranium or frankincense.
#8 Savor the Season.
The holidays only come around once a year, so enjoy every moment! Spending time cooking or gathered around the dinner table enjoying a meal with family and friends is what this time of year is all about. Don’t let the stress of menu planning get in the way of creating lifelong memories with the ones you love most.
#9 Add Some Spice to Your Life
Adding some warming herbs and spices such as cinnamon, turmeric, oregano, and rosemary to your meals can be helpful, as they all have anti-inflammatory properties. Try using them in a tagine or chicken bone broth soup for an incredible household aroma!
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