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How to Support Wellness Over the Festive Season 

The festive season can be a lot of fun but it can also take its toll on your wellbeing. Party food, alcohol, and late nights can affect your mind and body and leave you feeling out of sorts by the time New Year’s Day rolls around. 

If this sounds familiar, here are some tips on how to support your wellbeing over Christmas and New Year, without compromising on the fun factor.

Keeping Your Liver Healthy 

Your liver is really important for detoxification and helping your body to remove toxins more efficiently. Over the festive season, it’s put under a lot of pressure, especially if you’re indulging in alcoholic drinks. Stress and a poor diet can also make it harder for your liver to function at its best. 

Fortunately, there are plenty of foods and drinks you can pile your plate with over Christmas and New Year to support your liver and help it to do its job. 

Eating cruciferous vegetables such as broccoli, kale, cauliflower, and Brussels sprouts is another great move. They’re full of phytonutrients that support your liver’s detox efforts.

Beetroot contains antioxidants, phytonutrients, and betalains — all of which are crucial for removing toxins and giving your lymphatic system a boost. 

And of course, there’s always water! Drinking plenty of water helps to flush out your system but we don’t always stay hydrated during the winter months. Starting the day with a glass of warm water and lemon is an easy way to start hydrating yourself from early on. Along with supporting your liver, water also helps to keep your skin looking lovely. 

Some supplements can also support your liver during the festive season. 

Milk thistle is known as the “hangover herb” and is often taken after a big night out. It’s not an instant miracle cure for the effects of alcohol but it can help your body to process alcohol and repair damaged liver cells — assuming you’re not going overboard with the amount of alcohol you drink! 

Hydrating Foods

Hydration may not seem as important as it did in the summer but a combination of salty foods and caffeinated or alcoholic drinks over Christmas and New Year can quickly leave you feeling dehydrated, tired, and lacking in energy.

Adding water-rich foods to your diet can help to counteract this. 

Foods such as watermelon are an easy way to increase your water intake. It’s 92% water (and contains plenty of nutrients, including vitamins A and C). Cucumber, tomatoes, and celery are packed with water and nutrients too.

And because these foods are rich in fiber, it’s great for your digestion too. Changes to your usual routine over the festive season can throw your digestive system off-kilter, which is no fun! 

Get Plenty of Rest

Do you always seem to fall ill over the holidays? Being constantly on the go probably has a lot to do with it. 

With so many party invitations on offer, it’s easy to overcommit yourself and miss out on sleep. Along with an adverse effect on your energy levels, lack of sleep is also likely to affect your immunity.

If you’re in close proximity to someone who has a cold, cough, or the flu, there’s a good chance you’ll catch it too if you’ve been skimping on sleep. And it can take you longer to recover too. 

Nobody wants to be ill over Christmas and New Year so getting plenty of rest and sleep over the festive period (and the runup to it) is a must! 

Don’t Be Afraid to Say No

Burnout is very common over the festive season, especially if you feel obliged to accept every invitation to social events. They’re probably not equally important to you, and you may even be dreading some of them. 

Set some healthy boundaries for yourself (and show yourself a bit of self-care!) and be selective about the ones you attend. It can help you manage your energy in a better way and help you to feel more refreshed as we move into another year. 

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