The Philippines celebrates the longest Christmas season in the Christian world. People start completing their gift-giving list as early as September while party invitations begin piling up by November. For a Christian, the yuletide season is undeniably the busiest of the year. You need to be physically and emotionally ready for the office gatherings, family reunions, and long festive weekends. It is a must that you learn tricks on how to rapidly recover from a party weekend so you could attend to other essential tasks the following week.
From hydrating with lemon water to hitting the gym, here are 10 ways on how to recover from the (almost) endless Christmas partying.
Hydrate with lemon water
The saying, “Water is life,” cannot be understated. Keeping your body hydrated at all times is key to a healthy body. During the Christmas season, you can expect a lot of greasy food and booze. The temptation of an unhealthy diet is around you. To prepare your body, start your day with a glass of lemon water with a teaspoon of honey. You can also add lemon rind or mint leaves. Lemon water is high in antioxidants, good for blood circulation, and boosts metabolic health. It’s a must to bring a water tumbler with cold lemon water wherever you go.
Eat in small amounts
Festive meals are not worth a trip to the emergency room. Keep in mind the food you should be avoiding due to a medical condition. Unlike you, your cholesterol level will not take a break for the holidays so it is best to eat small amounts of food. You might be attending a couple of gatherings in a day, so make sure you do not overeat. If you are invited to a smorgasbord, start with a cup of watery fruits followed by a cup of vegetables. You can limit your meat consumption to one cup as well and do not forget to drink lots of water.
Limit your meat intake
Filipino Christians are a carnivorous lot. You can expect lots of pork, beef, chicken, and cured meats. The all-time favorite lechon is a staple in Christmas parties. The glorious roasted pig is the center of most dining tables this yuletide season, and it is unlikely that you could resist the crunchy pig skin. But remember to keep yourself under control! A cup of fatty meat is more than enough for a meal. If you want to survive the many parties this month, limit your meat intake.
Check your alcohol level
Christmas merriment in the Philippines is never without karaoke and overflowing alcohol. If you plan to attend every invitation, your liver should be able to survive the season. Aside from moderating your alcohol intake, you can take liver vitamins and detoxify every after drinking session. It is also advisable to hydrate yourself with water throughout the night. Drink a liter of water before going to bed, and green tea and/or hot lemon water the following morning.
Detoxify after a night of partying
Never neglect your liver health this Christmas season. Hydrating well is important in the detoxifying process so drink at least a liter of water everyday, aside from other liquids. Some people cut on caffeinated drinks like coffee and tea, but these contain strong antioxidants that can help clean your liver and blood stream. On the day following a night of partying, drink hot lemon water. You can have black organic coffee after lunch and green tea in the evening. Abstain from greasy and meaty food throughout the day—you can go for tofu as a meat substitute.
Pamper yourself with indulgent relaxation
Partying all night, especially if you are fond of singing and dancing, can tire your body. You will likely wake up with muscle pain and back ache. If you want to survive the many Christmas gatherings, you should listen to your body and relax as needed. Go to the spa the day after a party (you may want to skip all-night merriment the night before a work day). Science has recently debunked the myth that you can sweat out toxins, but this does not mean that hitting the sauna does not have any benefits. Sweating can help relax your tired muscles, and help you get a good night's sleep. Indulge yourself with a satisfying massage.
Get some sunlight and fresh air
Going to the gym is an unpopular decision every yuletide season. Who would want to get sweaty and worn out while everyone else is all dressed up and partying? But getting a healthy dose of sunshine and fresh air is a must especially this time of the year. You are exposed to toxins from unhealthy food, alcohol, and cigarette smoke. All-night partying also means that you are asleep until noon the following day—this can ruin your circadian rhythm. If you cannot (or do not want) to hit the gym, you can do at least 30 minutes of walking and jogging outdoors.
Get a restful sleep
Christmas season or not, you should be getting quality sleep each day. An adult aged 18 to 64 should be sleeping for 7 to 9 uninterrupted hours. How to get a good night’s sleep after parties? Even if you are hosting people at home on weekends, make sure that you have an off-limits private space. Keep your bedroom in a sleep-inducing atmosphere. Pull down the blinds, lower the air conditioner, and sleep soundly on your Uratex mattress. Retire to your bedroom at least an hour before your bedtime.
Catch naps whenever you can
The yuletide, with its many events, can be exhausting. It can take a toll on your body especially on long weekends when parties last until past midnight. At times, sleeping for seven straight hours can be a challenge. Catch even a 30-minute nap before meeting up with family and friends by having a rejuvenating sleep on a Uratex Classic Airlite Breeze. You can bring this lightweight mattress to the living room, with plush Uratex Pillows, where you can get a comfortable afternoon sleep.
Have a quiet time alone
Christmas is an amazing time for your social life. Catching up with family and friends and meeting new people is good for your mental and emotional health. However, it is important to know how to avoid Christmas burnout. Find time to clear your mind from all the loud festivities around you. Have a quiet time alone—you can read a book, have tea or anything that brings you relaxing peace.
The longest holiday in this part of the Christian world is upon us again. Make sure you are geared up for the buffet lunches, drinking sessions, singing and dancing, and long hours of socializing.