Sunday, 23 December 2012

Oh, my head.

It's celebration season in many parts of the world, with sales of Alka Seltzer and aspirin at an all-time high. Bars and restaurants welcome in office parties, with groups of workers trying awfully hard to convince themselves that they're having a good time, while secretly wishing they were at home, curled up on the sofa in front of the TV.

It's funny that we kind of take for granted that if we overdo it on the food and drink front, we're likely to feel a degree or two under the weather the following morning. A combination of physical tiredness, a glass or four of alcohol and plates of unhealthy food may all conspire to leaving you feeling more than a bit blurgh.

We know this, we accept it. It's part of the price we pay for enjoying our party. But isn't it odd that while we tend to acknowledge that abusing our body will lead to physical discomfort, we're often blind to the idea that failing to take care of ourselves might also affect our mood?

The truth is, what you eat, what you drink, what you breathe even, and the amount of physical activity you get, does indeed impact upon the way you'll feel. Put like this, it would be surprising if it didn't - yet we still don't always remember it.

Perhaps you can make up for this lack of awareness today? If you feel up to it, by all means join in with the celebrations. As long as you've got sufficient emotional oomph to join in, they may provide opportunities to connect to others.

But whatever happens, feed that spirit. Drink plenty of water (which in any case helps the wine go down). Opt for as much healthy food as possible. Take every chance you get to fill your lungs with fresh air.

However, yes, do make sure you've a ready stock of plink-plink-fizz-fizz in your medicine cabinet. You never know when you may need it.