6 Ways to Recharge and De-Stress After the Holidays

While the holidays are certainly a wonderful time of year, they can be quite demanding. There are people to see, things to cook, presents to buy and wrap. Even if you’ve thoroughly enjoyed every minute of them, now is the time to recharge, de-stress, and get back into your usual routines.

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Here are six ways that can help you ease back into them: 

Eat lighter meals 

A lot of holiday food is quite rich. With so many things to celebrate, we are all guilty of indulging a bit more than we usually do. 

In order to start to feel better in both mind and body, eat light, refreshing meals for at least a week. Focus on eating more fresh fruits and veggies. Eat plenty of salad and drink lots and lots of water. 

This will help detox your body and balance out your blood sugar. You will feel more energized and significantly less stressed.

Use your christmas presents 

A lot of us get treated to something very nice during the holidays that we tend to save up for a later date. It might be a massage voucher, a new clothing item, a skincare set, or a piece of jewelry, for example. 

Instead of putting these presents aside for later, use them right now. Enjoy them while they are still new and remember the holidays fondly. They aren’t going to be nearly as exciting in a couple of month’s time, so why put off the enjoyment? 

Make sure the rest of the family does the same. If there are new games or toys in the house, play with them as a group. Have everyone talk about the best part of the holidays and what their favorite gifts were. This will help you capture the positive emotions from the festivities. 

Find a new hobby 

The start of a new year is a great time to find yourself a new hobby. It doesn’t have to be anything major. You don’t have to sign up for a new class or learn a new skill if you don’t want to just now. 

You can try watching a genre of movies you don’t usually watch. Or read a book that you’ve never read and that isn’t usually your style. You can do a puzzle or play a game on your phone. 

Do something out of the ordinary to get that dopamine flowing and relax after all the holiday rushing about. 

Carve out some me-time 

If you’ve spent the holidays catering to the needs of others, making sure everyone has a great time and socializing, try to spend some time alone now. 

You don’t have to make any specific plans for this me-time. You don’t have to use this time to pamper, or read, or take care of yourself in any specific way. This is meant to be a time when you can do whatever you want at the moment, be it staying in bed or cleaning the kitchen. 

Having this freedom to do whatever you want can be both very liberating and de-stressing. It will help you get back into your usual routines quicker. 

Try humming 

It might sound a bit out of left field, but humming is a great way to reduce stress, especially before bed. 

All you need to do is hum away to your favorite tune, and your body will do the rest. It might feel a bit silly if you don’t usually do it, but you’ll soon make it a habit. 

Choose a song you like and hum as you are getting ready for bed. It will make your evening routine more enjoyable and make it easier to fall asleep. 

Stop feeling so busy 

The end of the year usually sees us doing dozens of things all at once. We want to see everyone and make sure everyone’s present is wrapped properly. We want to enjoy all the holiday movies and prepare some delicious food. 

Since the holiday season is now behind us, make a conscious effort to be less busy. Carve out time to be bored and do nothing. Try to do this as a family and cut down your to-do lists as much as possible. You don’t need to keep rushing around. 

It will take a bit of time for your mind to adjust to fewer things to think about and fewer things to do. This is perfectly normal, so don’t expect yourself to instantly slide into a state of relaxation. Your brain will likely still keep thinking about multiple things all at once. Let it. It will soon soothe itself down. 

Wrapping up 

Don’t feel bad if you are feeling a bit drained and tired after the holiday season. After all that excitement, it’s no wonder. 

Take some time for yourself to relax and de-stress, and slowly ease yourself back into your regular life.

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