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Finding your balance this year

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It’s normal to feel a bit off-balance when the holidays come to an end

As the end of the holidays gets closer, it’s not unusual to feel a little flat.   

Yes, you’ve theoretically had time off to relax and recharge. But if, like so many Kiwis, you’ve spent your holidays constantly “on the go”, all that downtime was probably less relaxing than you’d hoped.   

And if you’ve also eaten more Christmas goodies, and drunk more “seasonal cheer” than you normally would?  Chances are that you’re heading back to work feeling like you need a holiday from your holiday!   

So how do you get back into balance? 

The problem with getting “back into balance” is that it’s a very general concept. Different people mean different things when they use the term.  For us at Healtheries, “balance” is that state where you feel good about yourself, your health and your life.    

It’s not about obsessing over every nutrient and calorie – it’s just about giving your body the fresh, wholesome, tasty food it needs. It’s not about working out every day for 2+ hours – it’s about moving in ways that energise you and feel great. It’s about not about fixating on numbers on the scale… it’s about noticing what truly makes you feel energised and alive, and then doing more of that.   

Why traditional New Year resolutions probably won’t help you rebalance (and what will work instead)

It’s pretty normal to make New Year’s resolutions about treating yourself better in 2017 than you did last year. General resolutions like “Lose weight”, “Exercise more”, “Eat better” or “Drink less alcohol” abound at this time.   

The problem is that those kinds of traditional resolutions often don’t last beyond the end of January (some don’t even make it that far!) Unless you put some specifics around your resolution, you end up with little more than a wishful dream that you quickly forget about.   

If you decide exactly what you’re going to do and when, however, you increase your chances of making it happen. Here are three examples of what we mean.     Instead of just saying, “I want to eat better”, try…  

  • Revisiting the criteria for a healthy diet – lots of fresh vegetables and fruits, whole grains, lean proteins and healthy fats – and then planning your meals around them. 
  • Buying healthy, better-for-you snacks so you don’t go hungry between meals (which is when you’re most likely to reach for the unhealthy stuff!) 
  • Taking a regular supplement if you know your intake of some nutrients could do with a top-up.   

Instead of just saying, “I want to exercise more”, try… 

  • Actively signing up for a local class: whether you enjoy dance, martial arts, yoga, weights or cardio – there’s bound to be something you can get involved in
  • Combining exercise with socialising: find someone who’s equally keen on taking better care of themselves, and set up a regular walking, running or swimming date
  • Taking up a sport: if you enjoyed playing a particular sport at school, why not see if you can find a local team for adults?   

Instead of just saying, “I want to drink less alcohol”, try… 

  • Committing to generally hydrating more: especially during hot summer days, we can all benefit from getting more water into our bodies to flush out toxins and hydrate our cells 
  • Finding natural ways to make water exciting: you don’t have to stick to plain, boring tap water. Why not squeeze in a fresh lemon or lime, slice up an apple or a cucumber, or steep a fruit tea bag in your chilled water?
  • Nominating certain days of the week as “alcohol free”: if you find yourself having a tipple or two every single night, actively block out certain days as “dry” to give your liver a bit of a rest.     
Breaking your resolution down into simple, specific actions makes you much more likely to actually do them – which then helps you keep your general resolution too.

Finding your balance this year

Have you eaten more Christmas goodies, and drunk more “seasonal cheer” than you normally would? Chances are that you’re heading back to work feeling like you need a holiday from your holiday!

EDM-main-banner-find-balance article.jpg

It’s normal to feel a bit off-balance when the holidays come to an end

As the end of the holidays gets closer, it’s not unusual to feel a little flat.   

Yes, you’ve theoretically had time off to relax and recharge. But if, like so many Kiwis, you’ve spent your holidays constantly “on the go”, all that downtime was probably less relaxing than you’d hoped.   

And if you’ve also eaten more Christmas goodies, and drunk more “seasonal cheer” than you normally would?  Chances are that you’re heading back to work feeling like you need a holiday from your holiday!   

So how do you get back into balance? 

The problem with getting “back into balance” is that it’s a very general concept. Different people mean different things when they use the term.  For us at Healtheries, “balance” is that state where you feel good about yourself, your health and your life.    

It’s not about obsessing over every nutrient and calorie – it’s just about giving your body the fresh, wholesome, tasty food it needs. It’s not about working out every day for 2+ hours – it’s about moving in ways that energise you and feel great. It’s about not about fixating on numbers on the scale… it’s about noticing what truly makes you feel energised and alive, and then doing more of that.   

Why traditional New Year resolutions probably won’t help you rebalance (and what will work instead)

It’s pretty normal to make New Year’s resolutions about treating yourself better in 2017 than you did last year. General resolutions like “Lose weight”, “Exercise more”, “Eat better” or “Drink less alcohol” abound at this time.   

The problem is that those kinds of traditional resolutions often don’t last beyond the end of January (some don’t even make it that far!) Unless you put some specifics around your resolution, you end up with little more than a wishful dream that you quickly forget about.   

If you decide exactly what you’re going to do and when, however, you increase your chances of making it happen. Here are three examples of what we mean.     Instead of just saying, “I want to eat better”, try…  

  • Revisiting the criteria for a healthy diet – lots of fresh vegetables and fruits, whole grains, lean proteins and healthy fats – and then planning your meals around them. 
  • Buying healthy, better-for-you snacks so you don’t go hungry between meals (which is when you’re most likely to reach for the unhealthy stuff!) 
  • Taking a regular supplement if you know your intake of some nutrients could do with a top-up.   

Instead of just saying, “I want to exercise more”, try… 

  • Actively signing up for a local class: whether you enjoy dance, martial arts, yoga, weights or cardio – there’s bound to be something you can get involved in
  • Combining exercise with socialising: find someone who’s equally keen on taking better care of themselves, and set up a regular walking, running or swimming date
  • Taking up a sport: if you enjoyed playing a particular sport at school, why not see if you can find a local team for adults?   

Instead of just saying, “I want to drink less alcohol”, try… 

  • Committing to generally hydrating more: especially during hot summer days, we can all benefit from getting more water into our bodies to flush out toxins and hydrate our cells 
  • Finding natural ways to make water exciting: you don’t have to stick to plain, boring tap water. Why not squeeze in a fresh lemon or lime, slice up an apple or a cucumber, or steep a fruit tea bag in your chilled water?
  • Nominating certain days of the week as “alcohol free”: if you find yourself having a tipple or two every single night, actively block out certain days as “dry” to give your liver a bit of a rest.     
Breaking your resolution down into simple, specific actions makes you much more likely to actually do them – which then helps you keep your general resolution too.
Finding your balance this year

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