Eight Ways to Recovery after Hosting for the Holidays
As a young adult, the holidays didn’t seem to phase me. I could go to parties every weekend, host our annual holiday party, celebrate with my family and never once feel tired. Now in my 30’s I here the work holidays and I get tired. I do love the holidays and all the festivities, but come January I need to reboot. I’ve come up with eight things to help me reboot and get back into the swing of everyday life. Here is the list.
1. Accept that things can wait.
You don’t have to take to the tree down the day or even week after Christmas. If the idea of taking everything down is overwhelming, then move onto number 2.
2. Set one goal for the day.
These goals can be small, like take all the ornaments off the tree. Then maybe the next end you put the tree away, and the day after that the garland from the mantel and stair railing. Your goal doesn’t have to be holiday related, maybe you want to get the house cleaned. One day clean the guest bathroom, (it’s been needing it ever since you party, but you’ve been busy making gingerbread houses and watching Home Alone), the next day you tackle the kitchen. You get the idea.
3. Wake up at the same time every day.
I don’t know about you but during the Holidays I never set an alarm. We sleep in until…well we natural wake up, which in my case means my sons come in and jump on me asking if it’s a school day or a stay-at-tome-day.
4. Breath deep.
I’ve been doing a lot of yoga this year. If you follow me on Instagram then you know that I was doing yoga for my 4X40 challenge. DM me if you want to know more about the challenge. Now I’ve been doing a lot of yoga, however, I have been slacking during December. What can I say December is a free-for-all in my house. With that said, I find my day is better when I can pause and take time to do some Yoga with Adrianne. She’s the best check her YouTube page out. If Yoga is not your thing I highly suggest just taking a few minutes every day to take 3- long deep breaths. I promise it makes you feel better. Try it!
5. Make easy yet healthy meals for the next week.
You’ve stressed about the food at your Holiday party and the food you served when your in-laws were staying with you, don’t stress know. Here is a list of 10 healthy meals you can whip up quickly and easily.
6. Drink tea.
Again it’s a free for all in our house during the month of December, because of that Thomas and I drink more than we normally do. We’ve got Christmas parties every weekend, then we find ourselves celebrating with a bottle of champagne just because it’s a weekday between Christmas and New Year’s and we’re not working that week. Now is the time to start switch the alcohol for tea. Get a nice cinnamon tea to transition out of the holidays. A good immunity tea with Echinacea.
7. Connect with your home-mates.
I don’t know about you, but I feel so focused on other people during December. I think now is the perfect time to connect with the people or furry friends you live with. It can be as simple as snuggling on the couch watching a movie or going for a winter walk.
8. Set one-hour of YOU time.
This one is most important. You need time for you. After, again being focused on other people, you need to focus on yourself. I talk about this in my gratitude journal Grateful Mama. In addition to writing three things you are grateful for each week in the journal, you also set one weekly goal of self-care. It’s so important to take care of yourself routinely. I am a firm believer that you are a better partner, parent, friend, coworker etc. when you take proper care of yourself.
I hope this list helps you recover from the holidays and reboots you to the point where you feel inspired to gather the people in your home.