If you’re like me, the holidays came and went quicker than you could process them. One minute I was thinking, “Christmas seems so far away” and the next I was lying on my bed restlessly waiting for Santa to come crashing down the chimney. Then, in a flash of snow flakes and glitter, it was all over.
For many, the holidays not only offer a few days or weeks off of work and school, but they bring an assortment of stress and anxiety stemming from financial burdens, a lack of motivation, too much down-time, and the craziness that comes when a house fills to the brim with a plethora of personalities.
Sometimes, it’s like we need a vacation from our vacation. You feel me? But that’s not exactly plausible when we need to return to our daily lives of work and school. So how exactly do you unwind after the holidays?
I’m no expert, but this is what works for me.
- Re-organize. If you spent time traveling or constantly on-the-go, it’s likely your home and mind are a little messy. Un-pack your clothes, clean up your spaces, and write out what needs to get done. This will help ease your stress and give you a place to start — which is sometimes all we need to feel at ease again.
- Gift yourself some R&R. Rest and relaxation probably wasn’t wrapped up and placed under your tree, but it’s definitely a gift you deserve after a whirlwind holiday season. Even if it’s just a 20-minute bubble bath or 30 minutes with your favorite book, allow yourself to unwind and tune back in before tackling your to-do list.
- Fuel yourself. The holidays are packed with delicious goodies that make our taste buds dance and our bellies cry out for help. But that’s OK! It’s good to indulge every once in a while. But don’t let a few days of shoveling chocolate-covered everything into your mouth derail you from your health-goals. Write a list and stock your fridge with the foods that make your body happy and keep it running well. Still have a few of your favorite cookies left over? Eat em’. No one likes a waster.
- Set intentions. Sometimes when we’re looking forward to something big for a long time (like the holidays) the climax of that waiting leads into a period of feeling “blah” and unmotivated. Keep yourself from falling into this rut by writing out a new list of intentions and goals for the upcoming days, weeks, and months. There’s always something to look forward to, and before you know it, the next holiday season will be knocking at your doorstep.
Remember, it’s totally normal to feel both overwhelmed and kinda-sorta empty after the holidays pass. But with a few easy steps you’ll be back into the groove in no time.