Still gearing up for the holidays or
dealing with the aftermath of them?
Either way, it can be stressful.
Here are some tried-and-true tips for
getting ready for the holidays and for
coping with Post-Holiday Let-Down.
Just because there are 25 additional things
on your daily TO DO List doesn’t mean that
you aren’t still a human being who needs
a minimal amount of good food, sleep,
and stress-reducing activities to stay in a
relatively decent mood. Because you are!
DO NOT forget the “basics!”
If you can’t fit eating healthy meals, 6-7
hours of sleep, and a not-insane amount of
exercise into your day, then let something else
fall off of your TO DO List. Otherwise, you
may get everything done before Christmas, but
you’re going to have to joke that what you asked
Santa for at Christmas was dark under-eye circles.
And since you were on the “Nice List…”
Where’s My “ME Time?!”
In addition to not skimping on the basics,
it’s important to balance the amount of time
you spend with others and the amount of time
you spend in peaceful solitude. If you’re a person
who needs a lot of “me time,” then figure out
before the holiday how you’re going to get it.
It won’t happen if you wait and you’ll be all
grumpy and out of sorts…and people love that.
Look for Meaningful Moments
As you prepare for the holidays, and then get
caught up in the whirlwind of events and
experiences, look for what I like to call
“meaningful moments.” Talks with special
people, the meaning of the words you usually
say or read by rote, the wonder that it all happens
and everyone is there playing a part in it.
What can you take away from this holiday?
What will you want to remember the most?
Pay attention and look for those moments.
It Ain’t Over ‘Til the Last Gift is Opened
You might be very glad that the holidays are over.
Or you might be very sad to see them go. Either
way, transitioning back to normalcy after the
frenzy and increased demands of the holidays
is something everyone has to do. Here are just
a few ideas for you to kick around to manage
some post-holiday sadness or “let-down.”
“Failing to plan is planning to fail.”
A transition back to normal routines will go
much more easily if you have a plan. To avoid
an abrupt crash back to the reality of cleaning
up, saying goodbyes, dealing with the bills and
the five-pound weight gain…have a plan!
Plan a fun activity that continues the positive
mood of the holidays with friends or family
for the day after Christmas. Something that
involves some fresh air, time to wander aimlessly,
and no more financial burdens would be good.
Try a walk around the neighborhood, build a snowman
(if you’ve got the snow!), troll the beach for shells,
or get out to your nearest park and breathe!!!
Make A List and Check It Twice
Make a list of what worked this holiday and what
definitely did not. Baked way too many cookies?
Attended too many holiday parties? Didn’t make
time to see The Nutcracker? What made your holiday
complete this year and what could you do without?
Keep this list in a place where you’ll see it at the very
beginning of holiday planning, so you’ll see it and
remember before you do it again next Christmas
that it’s a bad idea to drink 4 cups of eggnog.
Need A New Normal?
As you’re returning gradually to normal routines,
maybe it’s dawning on you that you actually would
be better off NOT going back to your normal way of
eating, sleeping, and exercising. Maybe you don’t
even have anything whatsoever that resembles normal!
You’re in luck!
By next week, people will be asking you what your
New Year’s Resolutions are. Consider the basics
of nutrition, sleep, and exercise and see if you
need to get to a New Normal with anything.
Carry the Spirit Forward
If one reason you feel sad that the holidays are
over is because you will be returning to life
without that warm, holiday feeling you love.
See if you can identify what it is for you that makes
the holidays something you love. Is it being with
family and friends? Is it taking time out of your
busy schedule to appreciate good music, family
traditions, religious rituals, making your home
environment warm and cheerful? Whatever it is,
you can find ways to continue doing this all year.
Take the spirit of the holidays with you into the
new year, into the Spring and the Summer and the Fall.
If it brings you joy, peace, happiness, and satisfaction,
find ways to do those things every week in some shape
or form. Even if that means you leave your Christmas
tree up all year…go for it. You’ll have one less thing
on your TO DO List next holiday season! 🙂
I’m wishing you a very Merry Christmas, Happy
Hanukkah, Joyous Kwanzaa, Peaceful Ramadan
or just a happy, healthy week in December! 🙂