The holidays are such a wonderful time of year but they can also be a stressful and busy time too. It’s so important to take some time to recharge after the holidays to set yourself up for a great New Year! I’ve compiled a list of my top 10 things to do to recharge after the holidays and I wanted to share them with you. Maybe, you already do some of these things on a regular basis. If you do, try and switch your outlook on them even just a little bit, so that you gain new benefits from doing them. For instance, I go on walks with Mason often but typically I’m powering through the walk to get to our destination, be it the park or beach. So when I say go on a family hike, I want to slow it down making the entire walk enjoyable and not just the destination as the reward. We have to drive to actual hiking trails instead of stepping out our front door but that switch in scenery is recharging in itself.
10 Things to do to Recharge After the Holidays:
1. Switch up your routine. Daily routines can become just that, routine. So by switching it up after the holidays you give yourself a chance to start a new routine that is based more around your own well-being.
2. Carve out some “me” time. If it’s enjoying a glass of wine after you put the kids down for the night, cuddling up and reading a book, or my personal favorite, giving myself a mini spa treatment at home, while enjoying a glass of wine! They’re all good for the soul.
3. Go on a family hike. Getting some time outdoors with your family is always a great way to recharge your batteries. The fresh air will do you good and you’ll also be able to burn off some of the holiday food you consumed!
4. Enjoy a non-home cooked meal. i.e. have someone else make you dinner. i.e. go out to eat. Yes, the holidays are full of indulgences but moms and dads need a break from cooking. You don’t need to head out to a fancy dinner just order some take-out at your favorite healthy food restaurant or even better have it delivered so you don’t need to worry about what to make or having to do dishes afterwards.
5. Don’t think about work. It is so easy to think about work ALL THE TIME. But it is so important to shut that part of your brain off from time to time. As a business owner it is especially hard to “check out” but if you plan ahead you can give yourself a few days off and not have to worry that things will fall apart. I’m currently working on finishing up my scheduled posts for 2018 so that I can enjoy the holidays with my family and be present.
6. Set your goals for the New Year. This might not sound like something you really want to do on your holiday break but setting goals for the New Year (and NOT resolutions) is a great way to reset and recharge before the New Year. I’m all about setting goals for all aspects of my life not just health and fitness though we all know that at the start of the New Year most people work to live a healthier life.
7. Meditate. This is something I really want to get into this upcoming year. I’m terrible at meditation even when I’m in a yoga class. My mind wanders and I can’t seem to just focus on my breathing. But, I’ve read that there are so many benefits to meditation. It can be the relief you need to slow down and allow your body to catch up with your mind.
8. Clear the mess. To most this sounds like work, for me it definitely is, but at the same time the mess creates so much stress and anxiety for me. So take some time after the holidays to clean up, organize, and put away the mess so that your environment is one that you can feel good about and relax in.
9. Do an art project with your kids. Depending on your kids age, get ready for the mess but at the same time embrace it. I love doing art projects with Mason. I have an old sheet I lay down well outside the area where we are working so that I don’t have to stress about a mess but instead can enjoy being creative with my son. It’s a great way to distract ourselves from our to-do list and it’s great for their growing minds too!
10. Unplug. This is one of the hardest things for me to do but when I do, I always feel recharged. Even if you can’t unplug for a full weekend or even a full day, make sure to set the phone down and place it in another room so that you don’t get distracted by the pop ups and sound notifications. Be present with your family. It does a world of good!
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