Now that a whole month of festivities has gone by, it’s time for you to deal with the many post-celebration woes that follow. Another round of merry-making awaits you in December. Talk spoke to experts from various fields to help you get your life back in control in time for the next festive overload.
Easily the most worrisome of all such troubles is health, thanks to the many forms of festive food, pollution and noise that can have an adverse effect on it, especially for higher risk individuals like heart patients. Dr Sudarshan, associate consultant and cardiac surgeon at Fortis, tells us that heart attacks are more common around festivals like Diwali. “The heavy noise is a risk factor. It is important to go into a de-stress zone immediately after a festival has passed. Cutting down on calories and getting back to an exercise regime is of utmost importance,” he says. Besides a complete relaxation period, he advises health check-ups right after the festival. “We advice meditation and yoga for patients, too,” he adds.
During the festive season, for most people there’s hardly a day that goes by without the unintentional binge or the midnight sweet or oily snack. While the temporary results may quite border around euphoria, getting your body back in good shape is no easy thing.
Dietician Shweta Uchil-Purohit says while there is no magic potion to reverse the ill-effects of festive binging, eating a healthy balanced diet along with regular exercise will definitely help. “The idea is to initially give a well-deserved rest to the body’s digestive system by eating foods that are easy to digest,” she says.
In her view, there’s greater mental effort required than physical, when it comes to making up for the festival binges. “Festive food tends to be high not just in terms of fat and sugar but also in terms of cholesterol and salt. But the first step towards improved health is to make an active effort to try and ‘detox your mind’ from visions of all the sweets and goodies that you’ve had during the festive season,” she says
Next in line after diet control is the task of getting back to your fitness regimen. Days of fun and gorging on rich food can let the lethargy creep in even on those who otherwise stick to their exercise regimen.
Fitness expert Wanitha Ashok complains, “People haven’t turned up for some of my classes even today. They lose track of days and dates. Festivals bring a lot of mismanagement of calories with them, so detoxing is essential.”
She believes the easiest way to leave the festival after-effects behind is to hit the gym earnestly. “Working out will take care of the calories. When you sweat it out, toxins are removed. Cardio is a great way to get back in shape. For those who are more lethargic, walking is good too as long as you don’t skip it,” she told Talk.
For her, the other big fitness concern besides diet is disruption of the body rhythm that results from late night gambling sessions. “Alarms need to be set back and you should head to bed early. Plenty of fruits and vegetables will help flush toxins out. Green tea and lots of water, warm and flavoured with mint, ginger or jeera, helps too,” she says.
Once the health worries are addressed, there is the spectre of money management to deal with, thanks to gifting sprees and no-holds-barred shopping binges. Many people often find themselves forced to push purchase or non-festive shopping plans pushed by a few months, if not more, because their usual reserves have been depleted.
We approached Shyam Sunder, Managing Director, Peak Alpha Investment Services and independent financial advisor, to simplify it for us. “Post-festival, people fall in to three different categories—those who don’t get affected, those who have exhausted all cushion money and those who have loans and credit card debts. For the second category, renewing cushion money should be the priority. For those in the third and the most difficult category, debts should be systematically paid back, starting with the ones that have the highest interest rate,” he says. Credit card debts, he adds, are the worst and should be avoided by everyone, regardless of financial capacity.