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Get Over Your Holiday Hangover in 4 Easy Steps

Beat those post-holiday blues with the Candy plan and start the year right!

Ready to run away at the sight of another endless buffet? Can't stand the thought of another festive late night? If you're down with the holiday hangover—eyebags, extra pounds, and all—we've got some tips to get you back on track!

The perfect way to cleanse your system is to drink water—lots of it! Go beyond the recommended eight glasses and do your body a favor. If you want something with flavor, think before you reach for another soda can! Tea is a healthy alternative. Or try making some fresh dalandan juice instead.

The tip to detoxifying is to go back to the basics—have a bowl of fiber-rich cereal or oatmeal for breakfast instead of an entire plate of oily beef tapa and eggs. It's guaranteed to cleanse your system and leave you feeling light the rest of the morning. The idea is to eat small quantities spread throughout the day, instead of filling yourself up at each meal. Next time you hit the nearest fast food joint with your buddies, choose garden salad over fried chicken, and orange juice over a large coke. Add some greens to your daily diet! You'll feel the difference in no time.

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Was the couch your best friend this Christmas vacation? Get up! Although it definitely isn't easy to rush into your regular exercise schedule right away, start slow by walking around the house. Walk to the kitchen to get your own glass of water the next time you're thirsty. Find reason to get out of your room and use the stairs more often—whether it's just to get some fresh laundry or fix a snack for your parents. Pretty soon, you can start jogging around your village!

Your eye bags are back, and the last time you saw them was right after finals week! Not to worry. The best way to get rid of dark circles under your eyes is to use slices of raw potato or cucumber. Stick them in the  fridge for a couple of hours, and then place them over your eyes. Leave them on for 15 minutes and you're good to go. Another tip is to soak cotton pads in milk and put them over your eyes to get rid of puffiness. Of course, the best way to get rid of eye bags is to fix your body clock. A week before you go back to school, go back to your regular sleeping time, even if it means having force yourself to sleep early. Maybe you can bring out one of your schoolbooks to help you doze off! (Kidding!)

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This article originally appeared in the January-February 2006 issue of Magazine.

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If you know me, and know me well, I am not the biggest fan of idyllic lifestyles. With a Type A personality, I act immediately upon whatever challenge that needs to be addressed. I actually enjoy keeping my mind preoccupied: doing university work in my favourite cafe then running errands around town, grocery shopping here, updating my accounts there, photocopying documents on the way down the street - all just in time before having a glass of champagne at the bar with my friends come evening.

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Days in self-isolation and suspended flights turned to weeks and turned to months. By the third extension here in Spain where I study Fashion Business, I had to tell myself this shall be my new normal now, that I was blessed to be healthy, that I was tired of merely existing and missed what it was like to actually live - even if just within four walls. Little by little, I began to find significance in the simple occurrences of the day: the soft glare of the rising sun beaming golden streaks through my bedroom window upon waking up, the fragrance of freshly washed bed sheets that I had painstakingly hung to fit a relatively small clothes rack without crumpling them, the crunch and tanginess of warm toasted bread topped with raspberry marmalade, the buzzing sound of a phone call from home just waiting to be answered, to the caress of a fuzzy sweater to keep warm at night. I realised, “What pleasures to be enjoyed in the pause of slow living!” Through this continued pause, which I loathed at first, I began to appreciate each moment of the day rather than wish it would pass more swiftly, moments I had overlooked so often before the lockdown. I started to find that the challenge of self-isolation was never to pause both the regular routines of life as well as the positive emotions that came with these - as initially, I thought it meant to pause all happiness, so as to withstand a time of endurance in hopes for a better tomorrow, much like a form of delaying gratification. Life is just too fragile these days to delay gratification any further.

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