12 Tips for Self Care after the Holidays.

Via Anne Falkowski
on Jan 1, 2013
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Right around the New Year, people often start to experience lowered immunity due to post-holiday stress, over consumption of low quality foods, and lack of movement.

Remember that getting the flu is usually an indication from the body that it needs rest and replenishment.

As you sit down to practice yoga, consider reviewing your year.

What are the moments that struck you most? The precious times that were full of sweetness, or the ones that offered a challenge that led to growth? Whether you write it down or simply honor your response in your heart, celebrate yourself, your journey, your light and your darkness.

Here are some simple suggestions for taking care of yourself after the holidays:

1. Practice gentle or restorative yoga when you feel tired to help boost your immune system.

2. Practice hot power yoga when you feel the need to let go of stress and center and refocus your energies in a positive healing way.

3. Get out in nature—even on cold days. Take a walk or a hike every day. Getting outside and moving your body is a natural antidepressant. This increases your oxygen and circulation.

4. Eat simple meals such as brown rice or quinoa with steamed vegetables/avocado, sprinkled with olive oil, lemon and sea salt.

5. Eat lots of greens, squashes and foods high in Vitamin C such as broccoli, red pepper and Crimini mushrooms.

6. Eat foods high in minerals such as warming miso soup or consider introducing seaweeds such as kombu into your rice and bean dishes.

7. Treat yourself to a healthy whole foods cookbook such as Clean Food by Terry Walters and make some dishes for yourself or to share with others.

8. Drink warm or room temperature water with lemon for Vitamin C and alkalinity.

9. Reduce sugar, caffeine and processed foods.

10. Get plenty of sleep and rest.

11. Reach out to others, talk to friends or loved ones if you are feeling overwhelmed or stressed.

12. Connect with a supportive community of friends who value your commitment to health and healing.


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Ed: Kate B




About Anne Falkowski

Anne Falkowski has been teaching and practicing yoga for over 15 years. Currently she is obsessed with Forrest Yoga and can't possibly relax her neck enough. She writes for her blog and owns a yoga studio in Connecticut. Contact her by email


6 Responses to “12 Tips for Self Care after the Holidays.”

  1. Flue Victim says:

    "getting the flu is usually an indication from the body that it needs rest and replenishment." Getting the flu is an indication that you've been exposed to a virus, transmitted from someone else, to which you have not developed resistance. http://www.webmd.com/cold-and-flu/flu-guide/what-
    talk about blaming someone for something beyond their control

  2. anne says:

    flu victim, you are absolutely right. Getting the flu does mean you have been exposed to a virus. But it also means you need rest and replenishment to heal. Everyone is suseptible to illness. There is no judgment here.

  3. lisa says:

    wonderful tips Anne. as for the flu…i have been exposed to the virus many times and never have gotten it (knock on wood!!)…including a wk w my son who had to leave school and come home after getting a particularly bad strain a couple of years ago. there are actually different theories, and some say that the germ (or exposure to bacteria/viruses) theory is not valid and that if one's body is indeed at its optimal health, then it will not succumb to illness. no judgment here either…just tossing around a concept. when alex had shingles, the doctor said it was definitely a result of being stressed and his immune system being compromised. he actually just got over a little bug a couple of days ago..he is home from grad school and studying every day, stressed over his upcoming CPA exam. and so far, i have not gotten sick… now, off to share this article on my facebook page!!

  4. Linda says:

    Love #3. The short low light days of winter often leave me with prolonged periods of the blues. Getting outside to get some sun and fresh air even on the coldest days is the best remedy. Thanks for the reminder.

  5. anne says:

    I agree with you lisa. We had a bad bout of viral pneumonia at my house in December and I was so worried I would catch it but I made sure to get adequate rest and keep up my yoga and exercise and I managed to escape it. Luck? Maybe. But I think taking good care of myself helped. Thanks for sharing the articles.

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