Back In Balance: Recuperating After the Holidays
The holidays are prime time for getting together with friends and loved ones to celebrate with food, fun and seemingly endless festivities. And while this whirlwind of cuisine and camaraderie is exciting, it can leave you feeling a bit deflated when it’s over.
But the key to getting your mojo back is to wind down slowly from the hoopla rather than hitting a hard stop when the season ends. The week right before the new year begins is an ideal pocket of downtime to relax, reflect and gently ease back into your normal routine.
Here are a few ideas to help you to make a serene segue:
Whether you’ve just got a few baubles here and there or every available surface of your home is awash in lights and tinsel, now is a great time to start gradually returning things to their pre-holiday state. Pour yourself a cup of your favorite warm beverage and enjoy reminiscing about the great times you had this season while you put away the trinkets. By the time you’re done, you’ll feel refreshed and ready to welcome the new year!
Choose to Snooze
During the party season, sleep is usually the first thing to fall by the wayside. Say no to all but the most important obligations and make slumber a priority. And it may seem harmless to chill in front of the TV before bed, but it can prevent you from getting a good night’s rest. According to the National Sleep Foundation, the bright light from your TV interferes with your body’s natural clock, making it harder to fall (and stay) asleep.
Walk It Off
A daily walk isn’t just a great way to burn off some of those heavy holiday dinners, it’s an instant mood booster. Even if the temps are less than inviting, bundle up and get outside for a bit anyway. Need more motivation? Take your dog (or a friend’s) with you on your jaunt or listen to funny or inspirational podcasts as you ramp up your step count.
It’s easy to max out the plastic and drain our dollars during this time of year. But it’s not too difficult to get back on budget with a little bit of loving self-discipline. Indulge in daily treats like your morning latte. But look for other areas where spending might have gotten out of control, such as dining out every night or purchasing items on impulse that seem small but add up in the end.
Returning to your normal pre-holiday patterns is a process, so cut yourself some slack. Make your to-do list of positive intentions, such as resuming healthy eating habits. But don’t beat yourself up if you don’t jump from sugar cookies to spinach smoothies overnight. Give yourself the same support you’d offer to anyone you care about, and you’ll be back and better than ever.
Incorporate one or more of these suggestions into your repertoire to start up 2019 with energy and ease!