It’s widely acknowledged that the whole festive season is a time for over indulgence – too many parties, too many late nights, too much food and often one too many drinks. It can be a difficult time for those watching their waistlines, with buffet tables groaning at every office party and temptation on every turn. The lack of sleep and overload of food and drink leads many of us to embark on a detox in January in order to cleanse our systems.
A detox sounds harmless enough, but medical opinion is split as to whether there is any benefit to the system in the long run. Many experts actually believe that what starts as a simple detox can accelerate into a bigger issue for some.
In the Essex town of Colchester eating disorders are just one of the many issues being faced by health professionals during the festive season. An eating disorder, just like many other psychological disorders, can be caused by many contributing factors, none of which are related to food. Feelings of being out of control, of being powerless and being depressed can all trigger a desire to gain some form of control over life. Occasionally, this manifests itself as extreme dieting, or another eating disorder of come kind.
There can’t be many people around who have not embarked on some kind of weightloss programme or another at some point in their life. But for all the millions of pounds generated by the diet industry, the magic formula to live a healthy life is actually free. Eat healthily and exercise more. Walk or cycle to work, get out and take the children to the park, offer to walk a neighbours dog and just get active. Not only can the fresh air help get the circulation pumping, but it can lift your spirits too if you’ve been feeling a bit down.
Why not try exploring an area of your neighbourhood which you’ve never been to, or look up different parks and public spaces to go and visit. If you devote some “you” time to your day and put yourself first for just thirty minutes or so, you’ll find it much easier to cope with everything else which needs doing. Getting out into the fresh air is very beneficial, but if you can’t then run a long hot bath and relax that way instead.
So no matter how busy you are in the run up to Christmas, stop stressing about the shopping and take some time out to enjoy the changing season around you. We don’t get enough sunshine in the winter, so when the weather is nice make sure you make an effort to get out and enjoy it. The Christmas wrapping will all still be there when you get home, but you’ll be able to tackle it with renewed energy after a lovely stroll in the sun.
Visit : http://www.essexhealth.co.uk
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