Back on Track: 5 Steps to Post-Holiday Rejuvenation
The decorations are packed away. The visiting friends and relatives have all headed home. Sugar cookies and fudge are no longer considered a food group.
Holiday revelry can be a lot of fun. But in the midst of the festive frenzy, it’s easy to let your personal routines – from fitness to finances – fall by the wayside.
Ready to welcome the new year with ease and energy to spare? Try one or more of these simple remedies and you’ll be back on track STAT.
“DO NOT DISTURB”
After weeks of hosting out-of-town guests and late-night parties, it’s time to reclaim your personal space. Schedule at least one day for undisturbed rest and relaxation. Turn off your electronics. Get at least 7-8 hours of uninterrupted sleep. A little “me time” will do wonders for shaking off any lingering holiday strain.
The non-stop celebratory feasting has finally ground to a halt, and you’re ready to awaken from your fat-and-sugar coma. But there’s no need to go to extremes when transitioning back to your normal diet. Start each day with warm lemon water to help support digestion and hydrate the body. Boost your immune system with extra vitamin C. Add one vegetable a day to your plate. Treat yourself with TLC as you transition back to your normal eating.
GET A MOVE ON
Workout routines have a way of plummeting to the bottom of your to-do list during the holidays. But throwing yourself into an Olympian-style gym regime after weeks of inactivity is a recipe for injury and burnout. Bundle up, grab the dog and go for a walk in the cool air. Do some gentle stretching. Easing back into action will help get your movement mojo back for good.
Post-holiday sales are extremely tempting. But avoiding (or limiting) them can help restore both your finances and your sanity. Before you whip out the credit card, take a moment to ponder whether you really need to push your plastic to the point of meltdown. Curbing your consumption is a great way to shake off feelings of stress and excess.
GIVE A LITTLE
After gifting family, friends and co-workers all season long, it’s easy to think you’ve got nothing left to give. But some offerings are absolutely free. Assist seniors in need by cooking or doing housework for them. Mentor a high schooler. Donate blood. You don’t need big dollars to make a big difference.
KEY DATES IN JANUARY:
- JANUARY 1: New Year’s Day
- JANUARY 10: National Take the Stairs Day
- JANUARY 13: Make Your Dreams Come True Day
- JANUARY 15: Martin Luther King Jr. Day
- JANUARY 28: National Fun at Work Day